This Perfect Day

This Perfect Day The story is set in a seemingly perfect global society Uniformity is the defining feature there is only one language and all ethnic groups have been eugenically merged into one race called The Family

The story is set in a seemingly perfect global society Uniformity is the defining feature there is only one language and all ethnic groups have been eugenically merged into one race called The Family The world is ruled by a central computer called UniComp that has been programmed to keep every single human on the surface of the earth in check People are continually dThe story is set in a seemingly perfect global society Uniformity is the defining feature there is only one language and all ethnic groups have been eugenically merged into one race called The Family The world is ruled by a central computer called UniComp that has been programmed to keep every single human on the surface of the earth in check People are continually drugged by means of regular injections so that they will remain satisfied and cooperative They are told where to live, when to eat, whom to marry, when to reproduce Even the basic facts of nature are subject to the UniComp s will men do not grow facial hair, women do not develop breasts, and it only rains at night.

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This Perfect Day

  1. Levin graduated from the Horace Mann School and New York University, where he majored in philosophy and English.After college, he wrote training films and scripts for television.Levin s first produced play was No Time for Sergeants adapted from Mac Hyman s novel , a comedy about a hillbilly drafted into the United States Air Force that launched the career of Andy Griffith The play was turned into a movie in 1958, and co starred Don Knotts, Griffith s long time co star and friend No Time for Sergeants is generally considered the precursor to Gomer Pyle, USMC Levin s first novel, A Kiss Before Dying, was well received, earning him the 1954 Edgar Award for Best First Novel A Kiss Before Dying was turned into a movie twice, first in 1956, and again in 1991.Levin s best known play is Deathtrap, which holds the record as the longest running comedy thriller on Broadway and brought Levin his second Edgar Award In 1982, it was made into a film starring Christopher Reeve and Michael Caine.Levin s best known novel is Rosemary s Baby, a horror story of modern day satanism and the occult, set in Manhattan s Upper West Side It was made into a film starring Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes Ruth Gordon won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance Roman Polanski, who wrote and directed the film, was nominated for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium.Other Levin novels were turned into movies, including The Boys from Brazil in 1978 The Stepford Wives in 1975 and again in 2004 and Sliver in 1993 Stephen King has described Ira Levin as the Swiss watchmaker of suspense novels, he makes what the rest of us do look like cheap watchmakers in drugstores Chuck Palahniuk, in , calls Levin s writing a smart, updated version of the kind of folksy legends that cultures have always used Ira Levin died from a heart attack at his home in Manhattan, on 12 November 2007.

268 Reply to “This Perfect Day”

  1. I am not the type of person who rereads books In fact, I never reread books Except this one I pick it up every couple of years This is A Brave New World but so much better So much realer Unfortunately, it is now out of print But maybe with the author s recent passing, they will bring it back soon But if you ever see it in a used book store, pick it up and buy it Don t think Just walk over to the cash register and buy it Then go home and read it You ll thank me.

  2. Completed way back in June, 1969, Ira Levin s novel THIS PERFECT DAY introduces a futuristic colony with a computer at the helm where everyone is programmed to be cold and lifeless, and everyone, as a member of the family is monitored throughout the day Even the basic facts of nature are subject to the Unicomp s will men do not grow facial hair, women do not develop breasts, and it only rains at night Lots of action and some pretty cool twists along the way keep things from becoming too dulled o [...]

  3. I m kind of sorry to give this book two stars, because it is a very good story and in it s own way a good addition to the dystopian genre I ve read two other Ira Levin books before this one A Kiss Before Dying and Rosemary s Baby and enjoyed both of those, and I will go on and read other works of his My niggles with it are personal ones which I felt were unnecessary and unrealistic Even dated maybe.SPOILERS So, for me to explain my problems with this book I have to talk about the story On the wh [...]

  4. This 1971 novel presents an early imaginative vision of a computer controlled dystopian society masquerading as a utopia It s in the tradition of Brave New World than 1984 in that thought control is not by propaganda but by all intrusive counselors and drugs The Soma in this tale goes beyond rendering pleasure and a sense of contentment, but pacifies by dampening emotions and curiosity As in Huxley s masterpiece, promiscuity is encouraged adding to a populace of happy, shiny people who keep the [...]

  5. This is the March book for the Pittsburgh Dystopian Science Fiction Club Before I get to anything else, I m going to address the problematic gender dynamics in this book I think one of the things that has often turned me off to science fiction in the past has been the dude factor, which I find extensively in this book Maybe I just don t like it when straight men write sex scenes At any rate, let me tell the world this the incredibly hot chick falls in love with me after I rape her storyline is t [...]

  6. Christ, Marx, Wood and WeiLed us to this perfect dayMarx, Wood, Wei and ChristAll but Marx were sacrificedWood, Wei, Christ and MarxGave us lovely schools and parksWei, Christ, Marx and WoodMade us humble, made us good dystopian future world child s bouncing song

  7. I m not writing this review for anyone other than my nerd friends that check my page, so don t be surprised by my lack of literary geniusI ll only spoil the one thing that should be spoiled and it s the same one thing that everyone references The main character Chip ends up raping the woman he s in love with Lilac to prove to her that she s being brainwashed by the government and to get her to trust him Reading a lackluster book for three days only to discover that you hate the character whose p [...]

  8. Una distop a cl sica con toques de sus antecesoras 1984 o Un mundo feliz La he le do en dos sentadas porque me ha resultado muy amena pero hay algunas cosas que para mi gusto restan, la principal la motivaci n del protagonista Pese a esas cosas, lo bueno gana y se lleva 4 estrellas.

  9. I think it is impossible to review this book and not mention 1984, Brave New World, We and Kallocain Levin s book fares well in this company as I think this is one of his best One mighty familyA single perfect breedFree of all selfishnessAggressiveness and greedEach member givingAll he has to giveAnd getting backAll he needs to liveChrist, Marx, Wei and WoodMade us humble, made us goodChrist, Marx, Wood and WeiLead us to this perfect day

  10. You are only partly alive We can help you than you can imagine I had never heard of this book before it was selected for an SFF Audio Readalong discussion, and I think I liked it after we talked about it for an hour or so There is a lot to think about here The novel is in four sections and quite a bit of it has hints of other dystopias the community with scheduled sex and neighbor reporting is similar to We, the drugging of society feels like Brave New World, and I was completely expecting it [...]

  11. sigh I love this book I recommend this book to people when they ask me for a sci fi suggestion I m assuming they ve read the ABC s that s Asimov, Bradbury, and Clarke and perhaps haven t been introduced to Levin This is oft compared to 1984 and Brave New World and I could rave about Brave New World, especially since this was originally published in the 1970s so it wasn t breaking into the same future predicting, but for some reason, this story Chip the main character spoke to me I was originall [...]

  12. I ll admit right up front that I m not a fan of dystopian fiction However, I am a fan of Ira Levin both his novels and his plays This Perfect Day was published in 1970 after his play Dr Cook s Garden 1967 and before his novels The Stepford Wives 1972 and The Boys from Brazil 1978 I site these three works because they too deal with issues of creating the perfect society through euthanasia, genetic engineering or cloning Set far in the future the entire world is under the control of Uni a computer [...]

  13. This is one of my absolute favorite books of all time Do yourself and favor and read it if you haven t before I pick it up and reread it every couple of years, and I think I always notice something new in the story.but that may just be because my view on life changes over the years, and thus I come at it from a different approach It is very much in the vein of other books that deal with the concept of a futuristic dystopian world, i.e, Brave New World, 1984, and Logan s Run It was out OOP for se [...]

  14. The only other book to have scared me this much is 1984 I want to both stop reading immediately and continue reading to the end, even if it takes me all night.

  15. This is a cult classic 1970 s apparently out of print for a long time I first read about this novel in a recent magazine praising the fact it was now available in the e format I looked a little further and found this novel universally praised to the highest degree So high, in fact, I grabbed my Kindle and hit buy now While overshadowed by popular dystopia novels like 1984 and Brave New World, I think this book is the most powerful of its genre As the novel begins, the entire human race has been [...]

  16. I m surprised at the low rating many have given this classic What makes This Perfect Day a must read is not just a well crafted, twisting plot and setting, but the depth of the main character The author reveals him to us gradually as the character becomes less drugged cogent, we know and care about him even The style of writing, although in the past tense and 3rd person, achieves an immediacy that transports the reader to the setting and action as it happens For instance, as Chip, the protagon [...]

  17. A ripoff of Brave New World, only with racism, heteronormativity, and rape Seriously, all the drugged dull masses are tan skinned, slant eyed communists, and the truly alive aware hero of this story and his first love interest are unusual for having white features pale skin and 1 green eye The protagonist kidnaps a woman he s obsessed with, rapes her, and afterwards she tells him don t feel bad about it, it was natural, you woke me up, and she becomes his pregnant nagging housewife and spends h [...]

  18. DISTURBING The whole plot and the themes of this book are frightening basically it s about people going through the motions of living without really living, people being stupefied and controlled by the very system they created.Ira Levin, the author who brought us the horror of Rosemary s Baby and The Stepford Wives, has yet another frightening and at the same time eye opening book out there, one that everyone should get to read at least once.

  19. I first read This Perfect Day in 1970 after it was recommended to me by my good friends Janice and Betty It is an anti conformist story about a future where society and all individuals in it are controlled by Uni, a vast computer Uni controlls everything including the weather, what jobs and careers people are allowed to pursue, when people are allowed to have sex, whether they are able to have children, where and when they can take vacations, what they can eat, what they can buy, and when they w [...]

  20. Although this book has been compared to Brave New World et ceteraIt is first and foremost a thoughtful and engaging thriller laced with humour While I was reading this at the tender age of fourteen, I couldn t help but visualize the scenes so clearlyIra Levin taught me the importance of dialogue and having fleshed out characters I must have read this book over fifty times since it came out because I love imagining I was thereWhat would I do Would I have the strength of Chip In these days of Proz [...]

  21. What makes This Perfect Day a must read is the depth of the main character The author reveals him to us gradually as the character becomes less drugged cogent, we know and care about him even The scanners and bracelets remind me of the RFID cards and readers we have today, slightly disturbing The world development was interesting enough to explore and give thought to One of the better dystopian novels I ve read

  22. This novel by Ira Levin is about a utopian society where treatments help maintain a stable society, but at what cost Protagonist Li or Chip as he prefers to be known is uncertain about the sameness, and eventually joins a counterculture trying to change things Good characters, good plot twists, and a very good read Highly recommended.

  23. I tell people I don t like dystopias, then I go and read them again and again What can I say There are a lot of good ones including this one, even if it s not a great one Atwood of A Handmaid s Tale is the strongest living prose stylist I ve read Ayn Rand s Anthem don t sneer is almost a prose poem even two liberal friends of mine admit to liking it Huxley s Brave New World and Bradbury s Fahrenheit 451 both have many striking, quotable lines And Orwell s 1984 has so many phrases that have enter [...]

  24. An excellent read A deceptively simple writing style belies a very complex book with deep social commentary The question is simple What happens when a computer runs the world and keeps the citizenry asleep and suddenly you wake up Social commentary on over medication, individuality, collectivism, as well as hard choices make for a very entertaining read Oddly enough, I think This Perfect Day is relevant today than it was even 45 years ago.

  25. Centuries in the future, the people of Earth live under the control of an artificial intelligence called UniComp A century and a half earlier, the computers governing the five continents had come together in the Unification The result was a worldwide society free of war, hunger, crime, and violence of any sort Hate and fight are swear words This is the world Ira Levin describes in his superb science fiction novel, This Perfect Day.The world run by Unicomp is dedicated to efficiency above all els [...]

  26. This book illustrates an inevitable future, a Hitler like vision where the population s behaviour is manipulated and controlled by drugs, conditioning and religious acceptance Li Chip doesn t quite fit in, with his one green eye and a grandparent who shows him the inner workings of the computer that determines their lives, he craves a life of choice.The novel progresses through his stages of life, allows us to experience the near freedom when he is indoctrinated into a clandestine group who shar [...]

  27. Dystopian novels are all the rage these days, so I figured I d give this one another look This Perfect Day is Levin s third novel, following the exquisitely structured and perfectly paced A Kiss Before Dying and the similarly fantastic Rosemary s Baby TPD is a longer narrative than either of the first two, and a much complicated story While it s certainly not bad, it doesn t measure up to the first two, or to Levin s next, The Stepford Wives Levin s sparse, direct prose is always a joy to read, [...]

  28. Review copy provided by Open Road Originally reviewed at incaseofsurvivalThe trouble with classics and parents of a genre is that they often use tropes that are very common to the modern reader, or tropes that are outright nauseating due to values dissonance Even if these things were acceptable and new when the book was written, a modern audience may struggle.I struggled with this book It s not that I m a girl with no love for the classics and no ability to look beyond the demands or the era in [...]

  29. I was super excited to find a story by Ira Levin that I hadn t already read, but I wasn t sure how it would hold up given that my reading tastes have changed over the years To my delight, it held up great and I was 60% into it when the main character does something I consider unforgivable I thought perhaps if there were consequences for the action, I could move past it, but I read about a chapter and there did not seem to be any and so I had to stop For those who want to know what happened, it [...]

  30. I hate to do this book the injustice of talking about it in terms of two classics not that it is inferior not at all but This Perfect Day contains, in my opinion, all the excitement that 1984 lacked and made Brave New World so good while adding a Flash Bang ending that neither of them had It is, so to speak, the best of both worlds both philosophical in its contemplation of the human spirit and of dystopian systems, and just as fast paced and energetic as has come to be expected of Science Ficti [...]

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