This Perfect Day


A few days ago I read This Perfect Day by Ira Levin (better known for "A Kiss Before Dying" and "Rosemary's Baby"). It's yet another in the 20th-century tradition of the dystopian novel, which began with Zamyatin's We in 1921 and continued with Huxley's Brave New World in 1932, Rand's Anthem in 1938, Orwell's 1984 in 1949, Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 in 1953, Nabokov's Invitation to a Beheading in 1965, and Levin's This Perfect Day in 1970 (and probably more I don't know about). In some ways I think that Levin's treatment provided more insights into the psychology of conformism and the sheer but wonderfully natural messiness of true freedom. In any case, it's well worth reading if you go in for that kind of thing. :-)

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