As Trafford Sewell struggles to work through the usual crowds of commuters, he is confronted by the intimidating figure of his Parish Confessor. Why has Trafford not been streaming his every moment of sexual intimacy onto the community website like everybody else? Does he think he's different or special in some way? Better than his fellow man and woman? Does he have something to hide?
Imagine a world where everyone knows everything about everybody. Where what a person 'feels' and 'truly believes' is protected under the law, while what is rational, even provable is condemned as heresy. A world where to question ignorance and intolerance is to commit a Crime against Faith.
Ben Elton's dark, savagely comic novel imagines a post-apocalyptic society where religious intolerance combines with a confessional sex obsessed, self-centric culture to create a world where nakedness is modesty, ignorance is wisdom and privacy is a dangerous perversion. A chilling vision of what's to come? Or something rather closer to what we call reality?
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depressingly plausible dystopian future-Britain
- Mike Murphy
Slightly grumpy but entertaining
A diverting enough book
A humorous dystopian fable. An odd mix. Part 1984, which was clunkingly refererenced meets Hello magazine.
Could do. Elton is a pacey writer
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!