Blind Faith, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (17 ratings)


Imagine a world where everyone knows everything about everybody.

Where 'sharing' is valued above all, and privacy is considered a dangerous perversion.

Srafford wouldn't call himself a rebel, but he's daring to be different, to stand out from the crowd.

In his own small ways, he wants to push against the system.

But in this world, uniformity is everything. And even tiny defiances won't go unnoticed. Ben Elton's dark, savagely comic novel imagines a post-apocalyptic society where religious intolerance combines with a sex-obsessed, utterly egocentric culture.

In this world, nakedness is modesty, independent thought subversive, and ignorance is wisdom.

A chilling vision of what's to come? Or something rather closer to home?




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The vast majority of women looked forward to a trip to the gym as it involved almost no exercise at all. The vast Temple-funded facilities which all women were expected to attend after the birth of a child offered a series of massages, steam baths, inspirational seminars, mass holistic 'treatments' and extravagant communal declarations of faith, and clients consumed enormous quantities of 'health bars' and 'health drinks' while sitting about in towels. In fact, because the gym experience consisted principally of hours of sloth, personal indulgence and guilt-free eating, people tended to come out heavier than they went in. Most women would be pregnant again before they had had the chance to get their figures back anyway. Nonetheless it was important to be seen to be making a personal commitment to self-improvement. Pretending to exercise was an important part of the ritual of self-love and self-love was of course the love of God.Trafford and his wife Chantorria live in an England run by a strange Christian sect, where everyone 'shares' their innermost feelings and the minutiae of their lives with everyone else, and the wish to keep anything private is thought of as a 'perversion', as well as being highly illegal. Trafford knows that he can't be alone in seeing the contradictions in the laws and social customs, and in wanting privacy, but there are spies at work and in his apartment block, and his personal confessor is always there to keep an eye on him, even pulling him up for not posting the video of his child's birth online.If I lived there I would be tempted to create a totally fake blog, like one of the characters in this book, who copies drivel out of of other people's blogs, and posts photographs and video of women who look fairly similar, safe in the knowledge that nobody is going to look at her blog closely enough to notice, as long as she keeps updating it.This book reminded me of my least favourite film ever, "Stealing Beauty", which I loathed beyond all reason, due to the intrusiveness of the adult characters with their constant grilling of the teenager as to what she was thinking and how she felt about absolutely everything. But that's my hang-up : (
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This was SO written by a man.Blind faith had the potential to be an intersting satire on the modern technological world and the resulting complete lack of privacy. Unfortunately there was so much written about barely covered, artifically enlarged boobs, lack of privacy resulting in all sexual activity being available on the internet for everyone to see, and compulsory posting of birthing videos, that I was hard pressed to see the real story under all this male driven crap.The point the book was making about how life might be after the flood caused by global warming was valid, but the book itself was so sordid that I only finished it because I was reading it for a book group. I shall be interested to see how this group of 12 ladies reacts - might even update my review!Update: of 12 readers, only 4 enjoyed this book and in spite of plentiful subjects for discussion, the conversation was a bit stilted due to the overall chauvanistic feeling that the book had left us with.One member asked - who were the most dislikable characters? And surprise, surprise, they were all women!

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Strange but interesting read in the beginning, a very dark and violent ending. Philosophical and prophetic, thought provoking and disturbing. A very good read.

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This book was so entertaining to read. Ben Elton was able to make relevant social comments in a humourous way, while at the same time holding a spotlight on how self-absorbed society is today. I agree with most of the points that I believe Ben Elton was making about our Westernised society.

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There are overtones of Bradbury and Orwell, but this dystopic future seems to be much, much closer to home. Elton extrapolates modern self-obsession, shallowness and insincerity to its logical extremes and throws in a dose of the medieval religious blind faith of the title. There is some interesting imagery of a future London "after the flood", but this book is more about making a point than delivering much in the way of plot. Worth a read though, and it does deliver the most soul-crushingly bleak ending I've read in a while...

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