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View Diary: Books That Changed My Life—"The World Inside" by Robert Silverberg (73 comments)

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  •  yes actually I did re-read it as an adult (5+ / 0-)

    I think I've read it four or five times altogether, most recently in the summer of 2012.  The last time I read it very quickly through, in one day, since it is so familiar to me.

    when i read it as an adult one of the things that gets me is wondering why MORE people don't go flippo!  How can thousands and hundreds of thousands of people accept a life that is so limited, so prescribed by stultifying cultural boundaries, and still retain any sense of personal freedom?  Do people just become accustomed to the idea of freedom being impossible?  Or do they get so twisted inside that they think they ARE free?  Because drugs are free and sex is free and all these substitutes for true emotional freedom are free?

    since the novel is only about a handful of people, the other thing I assume is that these malcontents described in the book are only a representative sample of malcontents, and that there must be a lot more, but this book is only about a few of them.

    i believe that a great novelist does not know everything about the world s/he has created.  Missing pieces are filled in by the minds of the readers, and the sign of a truly great work is when each individual reader has an individual experience because each individual mind reacts and responds and fills in those missing pieces.

    I'm with you about The Handmaid's Tale.  I did read it twice, but not at all since 2000 as the forced birthers have grown in political power.  Too close for comfort.

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    by TrueBlueMajority on Fri May 10, 2013 at 11:40:30 AM PDT

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