Looking Backward

Looking Backward

by Edward Bellamy


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Stimulating, thought-provoking utopian fantasy about a young man who's put into a hypnotic trance in the late 19th century and awakens in the year 2000 to find crime, war, and want nonexistent.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486290386
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 04/12/1996
Series: Dover Thrift Editions
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 131,529
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Edward Bellamy

Table of Contents

Suggestions for Further Reading29
A Note on the Text31
Looking Backward35

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Looking Backward 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Hill_Ravens More than 1 year ago
What an adventure through time, society and personal self. The book is a conversation between one man who has been displaced in time, with the three family members who find him in this new time. The explanations of the changes in society are very interesting in a lot of cases and very frightening in others. I love the perspective of corporations, banks and religion in the new utopian world Mr. West finds himself in. However, the living, social and sexist perspectives were a little more than I can stomach. However, it is always good to hear both sides of an argument and the author definitely lays them out very thoroughly. A thought provoking and entertaining book, I can't believe how long ago it was written and it is still a delightful read. The author even manages to add a sweet and not pathetic love story to the mix, which a surprising and enjoyable side line.
john257hopper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
beau.p.laurence on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
a 19th c. man wakes up to a future in which every thing is absolutely equitable. ah, such utopian dreams!
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Wow! Excellent! I'm writing a fourth story at Hinge all results. It's called Shattering. -Blade, Terrin, and many more cats and people :3