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Ben Elton has a talent for seeing past the surface of things to the reality lurking beneath. In "Dead Famous" he showed us how little reality there is in Reality TV. In "Chart Throb" he exposed how the outcomes of TV talent shows are manipulated. In "Blind Faith" he shows us where we may get to if current trends in attitudes towards privacy, intellect, and the dominance of passionate opinion over factual analysis continue.
I've found previous Ben Elton books to be fun as well as insightful. He uses wit, humour and careful observation to make me smile at the gaps between the world as it is presented to us and the reality that he uncovers.
"Blind Faith" is not like that. "Blind Faith" is so in your face and so horribly plausible that it make "1984" and "Fahrenheit 451" feel like light-hearted romps. Watching the plot unfold made me feel as if I were rubbernecking on a car wreck: the nice part of me wanted to look away but the reptile wrapped around my hindbrain was fascinated by the reality of the disaster.
"Blind Faith" is set in a post-flood near-future London, where the people are packed together so tightly there is only room to shuffle, not enough to walk. Social media are always on in your living room. Privacy is regarded as the kind of deviant behaviour only pedo pervert would need. Cherry-popping videos are part of everyone's online bio, laws are set by mass vote, a populist, live it large church guides all decisions, reading is illegal and vaccinations are seen as a lack of faith in God.
In the midst of all this, an ordinary man, trying to do his best and being overwhelmed.
This is a memorable book but it is not a comfortable read. The text began to make me feel as hemmed in as the characters in the novel and as overwhelmed as our hero. Ben Elton offers no comfort and no solutions, just a brutal warning.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Where does Blind Faith rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
A diverting enough book
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
A humorous dystopian fable. An odd mix. Part 1984, which was clunkingly refererenced meets Hello magazine.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Could do. Elton is a pacey writer
Any additional comments?
I like Ben Elton's writing. This is not his best work but it is his usual style.of humorous and observational with some grotesque thrown in. The story has a few nice plot twists and some.of the characterisation is.strong but overall most of.the.antagonists are.one.dimensional. Had a bit of a.screen play feel to it. Overall a good listen but not Elton's best but still good. Very well paced. Thank Samsung for the weird punctuation of this review!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Well to be honest the story is a cautionary tale about societies addiction to ones self! So for me this book was hard to read/listen to it has some very crude language and talks about sex in a very demeaning way. I found it very tasteless and provocative. The story could've been great I really thought it the author could've written a better story with some of his ideas. I felt the author sees the absolute worse in people! And that's what I had in the front of my mind the entire time with this book.