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?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 16/05/2008
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780552773904
- EPUB from £3.99
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Review by isabelx
Review by DubaiReader
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!
Review by Annef12
Strange but interesting read in the beginning, a very dark and violent ending. Philosophical and prophetic, thought provoking and disturbing. A very good read.
Review by angry-muppet
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.
Review by hotchk155
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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