The prophetic debut novel from the visionary author fo LITTLE BROTHER, now published for the first time in the UK. Jules is a young man barely a century old. He's lived long enough to see the cure for death and the end of scarcity, to learn ten languages and compose three symphonies ...and to realize his boyhood dream of taking up residence in ...
The prophetic debut novel from the visionary author fo LITTLE BROTHER, now published for the first time in the UK. Jules is a young man barely a century old. He's lived long enough to see the cure for death and the end of scarcity, to learn ten languages and compose three symphonies ...and to realize his boyhood dream of taking up residence in Disney World. Disney World! The greatest artistic achievement of the long-ago twentieth century. Now overseen by a network of 'ad hocs' who keep the classic attractions running as they always have, enhanced with only the smallest high-tech touches. But the ad hocs are under attack. A new group has taken over the Hall of Presidents and is replacing its venerable audioanimatronics with new, immersive direct-to-brain interfaces that give guests the illusion of being Washington, Lincoln and all the others. For Jules, this is an attack on the artistic purity of Disney World itself. Worse: it appears that this new group has had Jules killed. This upsets him. (It's only his fourth death and revival after all.) Now it's war.
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Taking place in a future where death and poverty have been eliminated, Doctorow explores a society where other instincts take precedent over those for survival. The narrator is at times an untrustworthy and almost unlikable character, which makes for some interesting plot points. I read this book in the course of two days, as it moved quickly and is short as well (barely 200 pages with a large typeface). It wasn't revolutionary or mind blowing, and the characters perhaps weren't strong enough that they'll still be vivid in my memory years from now, but the time I spent reading it certainly was not wasted.
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