Looking Backward Paperback
Part of the Dover Thrift Editions series
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 160 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
- Publication Date: 26/08/1996
- Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780486290386
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Review by beau.p.laurence
a 19th c. man wakes up to a future in which every thing is absolutely equitable. ah, such utopian dreams!
Review by john257hopper
An interesting 19th century novel depicting a utopian America in the year 2000 where society has abolished all distinctions of rich and poor and there are no politicians, bankers, armed forces, lawyers or any kind of prejudice or injustice. At one level, the depiction is almost laughably unrealistic, but in another shows the type of idealism that held sway in some quarters in the late 19th century (the author says in a postscript that he expects society to have moved in this direction in the lifetime of the children of the 1880s, if not that of the adults). The story is told through the medium of an 1880s gentlemen who is hypnotised to help him sleep, but oversleeps and wakes up 113 years later. There is a twist and a counter-twist at the end that keeps the reader guessing. Interesting at a philosophical level, if not in terms of realism.