This Perfect Day

This Perfect Day

The story is set in a seemingly perfect global society. Uniformity is the defining feature; there is only one language and all ethnic groups have been eugenically merged into one race called ?The Family.? The world is ruled by a central computer called UniComp that has been programmed to keep every single human on the surface of the earth in check. People are continually d The story is set in a seemingly perfect global society. Uniformity is the defining feature; there is only one languag...

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Title:This Perfect Day
Author:Ira Levin
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Genres:Science Fiction
ISBN:This Perfect Day
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

This Perfect Day Reviews

  • regina
    Jun 26, 2008

    I am not the type of person who rereads books. In fact, I never reread books. Except this one. I pick it up every couple of years. This is A Brave New World but so much better. So much realer. Unfortunately, it is now out of print. But maybe with the author's recent passing, they will ...

    Completed way back in June, 1969, Ira Levin's novel THIS PERFECT DAY introduces a futuristic colony with a computer at the helm where everyone is programmed to be cold and lifeless, and everyone, as a member of the "family" is monitored throughout the day. "Even the basic facts of natu...

    I'm kind of sorry to give this book two stars, because it is a very good story and in it's own way a good addition to the dystopian genre. I've read two other Ira Levin books before this one; 'A Kiss Before Dying' and 'Rosemary's Baby' and enjoyed both of those, and I will go on and re...

    This 1971 novel presents an early imaginative vision of a computer controlled dystopian society masquerading as a utopia. It?s more in the tradition of Brave New World than 1984 in that thought control is not by propaganda but by all intrusive counselors and drugs. The Soma in this t...

    This is the March book for the Pittsburgh Dystopian Science Fiction Club. Before I get to anything else, I'm going to address the problematic gender dynamics in this book. I think one of the things that has often turned me off to science fiction in the past has been the dude factor, wh...

    Christ, Marx, Wood and Wei Led us to this perfect day Marx, Wood, Wei and Christ All but Marx were sacrificed Wood, Wei, Christ and Marx Gave us lovely schools and parks Wei, Christ, Marx and Wood Made us humble, made us good.- dystopian future world child's bouncing song ...

    I'm not writing this review for anyone other than my nerd friends that check my Goodreads page, so don't be surprised by my lack of literary genius... I'll only spoil the one thing that should be spoiled- and it's the same one thing that everyone references. The main character (Chip...

    I think it is impossible to review this book and not mention 1984, Brave New World, We and Kallocain. Levin's book fares well in this company as I think this is one of his best. One mighty family A single perfect breed Free of all selfishness Aggressiveness and greed Each mem...

    "You are only partly alive. We can help you more than you can imagine." I had never heard of this book before it was selected for an SFF Audio Readalong discussion, and I think I liked it more after we talked about it for an hour or so. There is a lot to think about here. The no...

    Una distopía clásica con toques de sus antecesoras 1984 o Un mundo feliz. La he leído en dos sentadas porque me ha resultado muy amena pero hay algunas cosas que para mi gusto restan, la principal la motivación del protagonista. Pese a esas cosas, lo bueno gana y se lleva 4 estrell...

    *sigh* I love this book. I recommend this book to people when they ask me for a sci-fi suggestion & I'm assuming they've read the ABC's (that's Asimov, Bradbury, and Clarke) and perhaps haven't been introduced to Levin. This is oft-compared to "1984" and "Brave New World" -- and I ...

    This is one of my absolute favorite books of all time. Do yourself and favor and read it if you haven't before. I pick it up and reread it every couple of years, and I think I always notice something new in the story....but that may just be because my view on life changes over the year...

    I?ll admit right up front that I?m not a fan of dystopian fiction. However, I am a fan of Ira Levin (both his novels and his plays). ?This Perfect Day? was published in 1970 ? after his play ?Dr Cook?s Garden? (1967) and before his novels ?The Stepford Wives? (19...

    I'm surprised at the low rating many have given this classic. What makes This Perfect Day a must read is not just a well-crafted, twisting plot and setting, but the depth of the main character. The author reveals him to us gradually -- as the character becomes less drugged/more cog...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Nov 29, 2014

    I am not the type of person who rereads books. In fact, I never reread books. Except this one. I pick it up every couple of years. This is A Brave New World but so much better. So much realer. Unfortunately, it is now out of print. But maybe with the author's recent passing, they will ...

    Completed way back in June, 1969, Ira Levin's novel THIS PERFECT DAY introduces a futuristic colony with a computer at the helm where everyone is programmed to be cold and lifeless, and everyone, as a member of the "family" is monitored throughout the day. "Even the basic facts of natu...

    I'm kind of sorry to give this book two stars, because it is a very good story and in it's own way a good addition to the dystopian genre. I've read two other Ira Levin books before this one; 'A Kiss Before Dying' and 'Rosemary's Baby' and enjoyed both of those, and I will go on and re...

    This 1971 novel presents an early imaginative vision of a computer controlled dystopian society masquerading as a utopia. It?s more in the tradition of Brave New World than 1984 in that thought control is not by propaganda but by all intrusive counselors and drugs. The Soma in this t...

    This is the March book for the Pittsburgh Dystopian Science Fiction Club. Before I get to anything else, I'm going to address the problematic gender dynamics in this book. I think one of the things that has often turned me off to science fiction in the past has been the dude factor, wh...

    Christ, Marx, Wood and Wei Led us to this perfect day Marx, Wood, Wei and Christ All but Marx were sacrificed Wood, Wei, Christ and Marx Gave us lovely schools and parks Wei, Christ, Marx and Wood Made us humble, made us good.- dystopian future world child's bouncing song ...

    I'm not writing this review for anyone other than my nerd friends that check my Goodreads page, so don't be surprised by my lack of literary genius... I'll only spoil the one thing that should be spoiled- and it's the same one thing that everyone references. The main character (Chip...

    I think it is impossible to review this book and not mention 1984, Brave New World, We and Kallocain. Levin's book fares well in this company as I think this is one of his best. One mighty family A single perfect breed Free of all selfishness Aggressiveness and greed Each mem...

    "You are only partly alive. We can help you more than you can imagine." I had never heard of this book before it was selected for an SFF Audio Readalong discussion, and I think I liked it more after we talked about it for an hour or so. There is a lot to think about here. The no...

  • Lauren
    Jan 25, 2008

    I am not the type of person who rereads books. In fact, I never reread books. Except this one. I pick it up every couple of years. This is A Brave New World but so much better. So much realer. Unfortunately, it is now out of print. But maybe with the author's recent passing, they will ...

  • Caroline
    Oct 27, 2007

    I am not the type of person who rereads books. In fact, I never reread books. Except this one. I pick it up every couple of years. This is A Brave New World but so much better. So much realer. Unfortunately, it is now out of print. But maybe with the author's recent passing, they will ...

    Completed way back in June, 1969, Ira Levin's novel THIS PERFECT DAY introduces a futuristic colony with a computer at the helm where everyone is programmed to be cold and lifeless, and everyone, as a member of the "family" is monitored throughout the day. "Even the basic facts of natu...

    I'm kind of sorry to give this book two stars, because it is a very good story and in it's own way a good addition to the dystopian genre. I've read two other Ira Levin books before this one; 'A Kiss Before Dying' and 'Rosemary's Baby' and enjoyed both of those, and I will go on and re...

    This 1971 novel presents an early imaginative vision of a computer controlled dystopian society masquerading as a utopia. It?s more in the tradition of Brave New World than 1984 in that thought control is not by propaganda but by all intrusive counselors and drugs. The Soma in this t...

    This is the March book for the Pittsburgh Dystopian Science Fiction Club. Before I get to anything else, I'm going to address the problematic gender dynamics in this book. I think one of the things that has often turned me off to science fiction in the past has been the dude factor, wh...

    Christ, Marx, Wood and Wei Led us to this perfect day Marx, Wood, Wei and Christ All but Marx were sacrificed Wood, Wei, Christ and Marx Gave us lovely schools and parks Wei, Christ, Marx and Wood Made us humble, made us good.- dystopian future world child's bouncing song ...

    I'm not writing this review for anyone other than my nerd friends that check my Goodreads page, so don't be surprised by my lack of literary genius... I'll only spoil the one thing that should be spoiled- and it's the same one thing that everyone references. The main character (Chip...

    I think it is impossible to review this book and not mention 1984, Brave New World, We and Kallocain. Levin's book fares well in this company as I think this is one of his best. One mighty family A single perfect breed Free of all selfishness Aggressiveness and greed Each mem...

    "You are only partly alive. We can help you more than you can imagine." I had never heard of this book before it was selected for an SFF Audio Readalong discussion, and I think I liked it more after we talked about it for an hour or so. There is a lot to think about here. The no...

    Una distopía clásica con toques de sus antecesoras 1984 o Un mundo feliz. La he leído en dos sentadas porque me ha resultado muy amena pero hay algunas cosas que para mi gusto restan, la principal la motivación del protagonista. Pese a esas cosas, lo bueno gana y se lleva 4 estrell...

    *sigh* I love this book. I recommend this book to people when they ask me for a sci-fi suggestion & I'm assuming they've read the ABC's (that's Asimov, Bradbury, and Clarke) and perhaps haven't been introduced to Levin. This is oft-compared to "1984" and "Brave New World" -- and I ...

    This is one of my absolute favorite books of all time. Do yourself and favor and read it if you haven't before. I pick it up and reread it every couple of years, and I think I always notice something new in the story....but that may just be because my view on life changes over the year...

    I?ll admit right up front that I?m not a fan of dystopian fiction. However, I am a fan of Ira Levin (both his novels and his plays). ?This Perfect Day? was published in 1970 ? after his play ?Dr Cook?s Garden? (1967) and before his novels ?The Stepford Wives? (19...

    I'm surprised at the low rating many have given this classic. What makes This Perfect Day a must read is not just a well-crafted, twisting plot and setting, but the depth of the main character. The author reveals him to us gradually -- as the character becomes less drugged/more cog...

    The only other book to have scared me this much is 1984. I want to both stop reading immediately and continue reading to the end, even if it takes me all night. ...

    This is a cult classic (1970?s) apparently out of print for a long time. I first read about this novel in a recent magazine praising the fact it was now available in the e format. I looked a little further and found this novel universally praised to the highest degree. So high, in fa...

    A ripoff of Brave New World, only with more racism, heteronormativity, and rape. Seriously, all the drugged dull masses are tan-skinned, slant- eyed communists, and the ~truly alive aware hero of this story and his first love interest are unusual for having white features (pale skin an...

    DISTURBING! The whole plot and the themes of this book are frightening; basically it's about people going through the motions of living without really living, people being stupefied and controlled by the very system they created.Ira Levin, the author who brought us the horror of Ros...

    I tell people I don't like dystopias, then I go and read them again and again. What can I say? There are a lot of good ones--including this one, even if it's not a great one. Atwood of A Handmaid's Tale is the strongest living prose stylist I've read. Ayn Rand's Anthem (don't sneer) is...

    I first read This Perfect Day in 1970 after it was recommended to me by my good friends Janice and Betty. It is an anti-conformist story about a future where society and all individuals in it are controlled by Uni, a vast computer. Uni controlls everything including the weather, what j...

    Although this book has been compared to Brave New World et cetera...It is first and foremost a thoughtful and engaging thriller laced with humour. While I was reading this at the tender age of fourteen, I couldn't help but visualize the scenes so clearly...Ira Levin taught me the impor...

    What makes This Perfect Day a must read is the depth of the main character. The author reveals him to us gradually -- as the character becomes less drugged/more cogent, we know and care about him even more. The scanners and bracelets remind me of the RFID cards and readers we have toda...

    This novel by Ira Levin is about a utopian society where treatments help maintain a stable society, but at what cost? Protagonist Li (or Chip as he prefers to be known) is uncertain about the sameness, and eventually joins a counterculture trying to change things. Good characters, good...

    Centuries in the future, the people of Earth live under the control of an artificial intelligence called UniComp. A century and a half earlier, the computers governing the five continents had come together in the Unification. The result was a worldwide society free of war, hunger, crim...

    3 1/2 Stars This character-driven dystopia had very good character development and a rather frightening view of a possible future for all of mankind. In the minds of the developers of the society, this was Utopia. In the minds of not such a small group of people in today's world, th...

    An excellent read. A deceptively simple writing style belies a very complex book with deep social commentary. The question is simple. What happens when a computer runs the world and keeps the citizenry asleep and suddenly you wake up? Social commentary on over medication, individuality...

    Dystopian novels are all the rage these days, so I figured I?d give this one another look? This Perfect Day is Levin?s third novel, following the exquisitely structured and perfectly paced A Kiss Before Dying and the similarly fantastic Rosemary?s Baby. TPD is a longer narr...

    I listened to this with my husband on a long car journey. We enjoyed it! It was fast-paced and engaging and thought provoking, but I had some ISSUES with it. *spoiler warning for those who care* The theme of a perfect utopia which turns out to be a sinister dystopia, where peopl...

    This book illustrates an inevitable future, a Hitler-like vision where the population's behaviour is manipulated and controlled by drugs, conditioning and religious acceptance. Li (Chip) doesn't quite fit in, with his one green eye and a grandparent who shows him the inner workings of ...

  • Artnoose McMoose
    Feb 04, 2009

    I am not the type of person who rereads books. In fact, I never reread books. Except this one. I pick it up every couple of years. This is A Brave New World but so much better. So much realer. Unfortunately, it is now out of print. But maybe with the author's recent passing, they will ...

    Completed way back in June, 1969, Ira Levin's novel THIS PERFECT DAY introduces a futuristic colony with a computer at the helm where everyone is programmed to be cold and lifeless, and everyone, as a member of the "family" is monitored throughout the day. "Even the basic facts of natu...

    I'm kind of sorry to give this book two stars, because it is a very good story and in it's own way a good addition to the dystopian genre. I've read two other Ira Levin books before this one; 'A Kiss Before Dying' and 'Rosemary's Baby' and enjoyed both of those, and I will go on and re...

    This 1971 novel presents an early imaginative vision of a computer controlled dystopian society masquerading as a utopia. It?s more in the tradition of Brave New World than 1984 in that thought control is not by propaganda but by all intrusive counselors and drugs. The Soma in this t...

    This is the March book for the Pittsburgh Dystopian Science Fiction Club. Before I get to anything else, I'm going to address the problematic gender dynamics in this book. I think one of the things that has often turned me off to science fiction in the past has been the dude factor, wh...

  • Skip
    Dec 05, 2010

    I am not the type of person who rereads books. In fact, I never reread books. Except this one. I pick it up every couple of years. This is A Brave New World but so much better. So much realer. Unfortunately, it is now out of print. But maybe with the author's recent passing, they will ...

    Completed way back in June, 1969, Ira Levin's novel THIS PERFECT DAY introduces a futuristic colony with a computer at the helm where everyone is programmed to be cold and lifeless, and everyone, as a member of the "family" is monitored throughout the day. "Even the basic facts of natu...

    I'm kind of sorry to give this book two stars, because it is a very good story and in it's own way a good addition to the dystopian genre. I've read two other Ira Levin books before this one; 'A Kiss Before Dying' and 'Rosemary's Baby' and enjoyed both of those, and I will go on and re...

    This 1971 novel presents an early imaginative vision of a computer controlled dystopian society masquerading as a utopia. It?s more in the tradition of Brave New World than 1984 in that thought control is not by propaganda but by all intrusive counselors and drugs. The Soma in this t...

    This is the March book for the Pittsburgh Dystopian Science Fiction Club. Before I get to anything else, I'm going to address the problematic gender dynamics in this book. I think one of the things that has often turned me off to science fiction in the past has been the dude factor, wh...

    Christ, Marx, Wood and Wei Led us to this perfect day Marx, Wood, Wei and Christ All but Marx were sacrificed Wood, Wei, Christ and Marx Gave us lovely schools and parks Wei, Christ, Marx and Wood Made us humble, made us good.- dystopian future world child's bouncing song ...

    I'm not writing this review for anyone other than my nerd friends that check my Goodreads page, so don't be surprised by my lack of literary genius... I'll only spoil the one thing that should be spoiled- and it's the same one thing that everyone references. The main character (Chip...

    I think it is impossible to review this book and not mention 1984, Brave New World, We and Kallocain. Levin's book fares well in this company as I think this is one of his best. One mighty family A single perfect breed Free of all selfishness Aggressiveness and greed Each mem...

    "You are only partly alive. We can help you more than you can imagine." I had never heard of this book before it was selected for an SFF Audio Readalong discussion, and I think I liked it more after we talked about it for an hour or so. There is a lot to think about here. The no...

    Una distopía clásica con toques de sus antecesoras 1984 o Un mundo feliz. La he leído en dos sentadas porque me ha resultado muy amena pero hay algunas cosas que para mi gusto restan, la principal la motivación del protagonista. Pese a esas cosas, lo bueno gana y se lleva 4 estrell...

    *sigh* I love this book. I recommend this book to people when they ask me for a sci-fi suggestion & I'm assuming they've read the ABC's (that's Asimov, Bradbury, and Clarke) and perhaps haven't been introduced to Levin. This is oft-compared to "1984" and "Brave New World" -- and I ...

    This is one of my absolute favorite books of all time. Do yourself and favor and read it if you haven't before. I pick it up and reread it every couple of years, and I think I always notice something new in the story....but that may just be because my view on life changes over the year...

    I?ll admit right up front that I?m not a fan of dystopian fiction. However, I am a fan of Ira Levin (both his novels and his plays). ?This Perfect Day? was published in 1970 ? after his play ?Dr Cook?s Garden? (1967) and before his novels ?The Stepford Wives? (19...

    I'm surprised at the low rating many have given this classic. What makes This Perfect Day a must read is not just a well-crafted, twisting plot and setting, but the depth of the main character. The author reveals him to us gradually -- as the character becomes less drugged/more cog...

    The only other book to have scared me this much is 1984. I want to both stop reading immediately and continue reading to the end, even if it takes me all night. ...

    This is a cult classic (1970?s) apparently out of print for a long time. I first read about this novel in a recent magazine praising the fact it was now available in the e format. I looked a little further and found this novel universally praised to the highest degree. So high, in fa...

    A ripoff of Brave New World, only with more racism, heteronormativity, and rape. Seriously, all the drugged dull masses are tan-skinned, slant- eyed communists, and the ~truly alive aware hero of this story and his first love interest are unusual for having white features (pale skin an...

    DISTURBING! The whole plot and the themes of this book are frightening; basically it's about people going through the motions of living without really living, people being stupefied and controlled by the very system they created.Ira Levin, the author who brought us the horror of Ros...

    I tell people I don't like dystopias, then I go and read them again and again. What can I say? There are a lot of good ones--including this one, even if it's not a great one. Atwood of A Handmaid's Tale is the strongest living prose stylist I've read. Ayn Rand's Anthem (don't sneer) is...

    I first read This Perfect Day in 1970 after it was recommended to me by my good friends Janice and Betty. It is an anti-conformist story about a future where society and all individuals in it are controlled by Uni, a vast computer. Uni controlls everything including the weather, what j...

    Although this book has been compared to Brave New World et cetera...It is first and foremost a thoughtful and engaging thriller laced with humour. While I was reading this at the tender age of fourteen, I couldn't help but visualize the scenes so clearly...Ira Levin taught me the impor...

    What makes This Perfect Day a must read is the depth of the main character. The author reveals him to us gradually -- as the character becomes less drugged/more cogent, we know and care about him even more. The scanners and bracelets remind me of the RFID cards and readers we have toda...

    This novel by Ira Levin is about a utopian society where treatments help maintain a stable society, but at what cost? Protagonist Li (or Chip as he prefers to be known) is uncertain about the sameness, and eventually joins a counterculture trying to change things. Good characters, good...

  • Manny
    Dec 01, 2011

    I am not the type of person who rereads books. In fact, I never reread books. Except this one. I pick it up every couple of years. This is A Brave New World but so much better. So much realer. Unfortunately, it is now out of print. But maybe with the author's recent passing, they will ...

    Completed way back in June, 1969, Ira Levin's novel THIS PERFECT DAY introduces a futuristic colony with a computer at the helm where everyone is programmed to be cold and lifeless, and everyone, as a member of the "family" is monitored throughout the day. "Even the basic facts of natu...

    I'm kind of sorry to give this book two stars, because it is a very good story and in it's own way a good addition to the dystopian genre. I've read two other Ira Levin books before this one; 'A Kiss Before Dying' and 'Rosemary's Baby' and enjoyed both of those, and I will go on and re...

    This 1971 novel presents an early imaginative vision of a computer controlled dystopian society masquerading as a utopia. It?s more in the tradition of Brave New World than 1984 in that thought control is not by propaganda but by all intrusive counselors and drugs. The Soma in this t...

    This is the March book for the Pittsburgh Dystopian Science Fiction Club. Before I get to anything else, I'm going to address the problematic gender dynamics in this book. I think one of the things that has often turned me off to science fiction in the past has been the dude factor, wh...

    Christ, Marx, Wood and Wei Led us to this perfect day Marx, Wood, Wei and Christ All but Marx were sacrificed Wood, Wei, Christ and Marx Gave us lovely schools and parks Wei, Christ, Marx and Wood Made us humble, made us good.- dystopian future world child's bouncing song ...

  • Sarah
    Oct 16, 2017

    I am not the type of person who rereads books. In fact, I never reread books. Except this one. I pick it up every couple of years. This is A Brave New World but so much better. So much realer. Unfortunately, it is now out of print. But maybe with the author's recent passing, they will ...

    Completed way back in June, 1969, Ira Levin's novel THIS PERFECT DAY introduces a futuristic colony with a computer at the helm where everyone is programmed to be cold and lifeless, and everyone, as a member of the "family" is monitored throughout the day. "Even the basic facts of natu...

    I'm kind of sorry to give this book two stars, because it is a very good story and in it's own way a good addition to the dystopian genre. I've read two other Ira Levin books before this one; 'A Kiss Before Dying' and 'Rosemary's Baby' and enjoyed both of those, and I will go on and re...

    This 1971 novel presents an early imaginative vision of a computer controlled dystopian society masquerading as a utopia. It?s more in the tradition of Brave New World than 1984 in that thought control is not by propaganda but by all intrusive counselors and drugs. The Soma in this t...

    This is the March book for the Pittsburgh Dystopian Science Fiction Club. Before I get to anything else, I'm going to address the problematic gender dynamics in this book. I think one of the things that has often turned me off to science fiction in the past has been the dude factor, wh...

    Christ, Marx, Wood and Wei Led us to this perfect day Marx, Wood, Wei and Christ All but Marx were sacrificed Wood, Wei, Christ and Marx Gave us lovely schools and parks Wei, Christ, Marx and Wood Made us humble, made us good.- dystopian future world child's bouncing song ...

    I'm not writing this review for anyone other than my nerd friends that check my Goodreads page, so don't be surprised by my lack of literary genius... I'll only spoil the one thing that should be spoiled- and it's the same one thing that everyone references. The main character (Chip...

    I think it is impossible to review this book and not mention 1984, Brave New World, We and Kallocain. Levin's book fares well in this company as I think this is one of his best. One mighty family A single perfect breed Free of all selfishness Aggressiveness and greed Each mem...

    "You are only partly alive. We can help you more than you can imagine." I had never heard of this book before it was selected for an SFF Audio Readalong discussion, and I think I liked it more after we talked about it for an hour or so. There is a lot to think about here. The no...

    Una distopía clásica con toques de sus antecesoras 1984 o Un mundo feliz. La he leído en dos sentadas porque me ha resultado muy amena pero hay algunas cosas que para mi gusto restan, la principal la motivación del protagonista. Pese a esas cosas, lo bueno gana y se lleva 4 estrell...

    *sigh* I love this book. I recommend this book to people when they ask me for a sci-fi suggestion & I'm assuming they've read the ABC's (that's Asimov, Bradbury, and Clarke) and perhaps haven't been introduced to Levin. This is oft-compared to "1984" and "Brave New World" -- and I ...

    This is one of my absolute favorite books of all time. Do yourself and favor and read it if you haven't before. I pick it up and reread it every couple of years, and I think I always notice something new in the story....but that may just be because my view on life changes over the year...

    I?ll admit right up front that I?m not a fan of dystopian fiction. However, I am a fan of Ira Levin (both his novels and his plays). ?This Perfect Day? was published in 1970 ? after his play ?Dr Cook?s Garden? (1967) and before his novels ?The Stepford Wives? (19...

    I'm surprised at the low rating many have given this classic. What makes This Perfect Day a must read is not just a well-crafted, twisting plot and setting, but the depth of the main character. The author reveals him to us gradually -- as the character becomes less drugged/more cog...

    The only other book to have scared me this much is 1984. I want to both stop reading immediately and continue reading to the end, even if it takes me all night. ...

    This is a cult classic (1970?s) apparently out of print for a long time. I first read about this novel in a recent magazine praising the fact it was now available in the e format. I looked a little further and found this novel universally praised to the highest degree. So high, in fa...

    A ripoff of Brave New World, only with more racism, heteronormativity, and rape. Seriously, all the drugged dull masses are tan-skinned, slant- eyed communists, and the ~truly alive aware hero of this story and his first love interest are unusual for having white features (pale skin an...

    DISTURBING! The whole plot and the themes of this book are frightening; basically it's about people going through the motions of living without really living, people being stupefied and controlled by the very system they created.Ira Levin, the author who brought us the horror of Ros...

    I tell people I don't like dystopias, then I go and read them again and again. What can I say? There are a lot of good ones--including this one, even if it's not a great one. Atwood of A Handmaid's Tale is the strongest living prose stylist I've read. Ayn Rand's Anthem (don't sneer) is...

    I first read This Perfect Day in 1970 after it was recommended to me by my good friends Janice and Betty. It is an anti-conformist story about a future where society and all individuals in it are controlled by Uni, a vast computer. Uni controlls everything including the weather, what j...

    Although this book has been compared to Brave New World et cetera...It is first and foremost a thoughtful and engaging thriller laced with humour. While I was reading this at the tender age of fourteen, I couldn't help but visualize the scenes so clearly...Ira Levin taught me the impor...

    What makes This Perfect Day a must read is the depth of the main character. The author reveals him to us gradually -- as the character becomes less drugged/more cogent, we know and care about him even more. The scanners and bracelets remind me of the RFID cards and readers we have toda...

    This novel by Ira Levin is about a utopian society where treatments help maintain a stable society, but at what cost? Protagonist Li (or Chip as he prefers to be known) is uncertain about the sameness, and eventually joins a counterculture trying to change things. Good characters, good...

    Centuries in the future, the people of Earth live under the control of an artificial intelligence called UniComp. A century and a half earlier, the computers governing the five continents had come together in the Unification. The result was a worldwide society free of war, hunger, crim...

    3 1/2 Stars This character-driven dystopia had very good character development and a rather frightening view of a possible future for all of mankind. In the minds of the developers of the society, this was Utopia. In the minds of not such a small group of people in today's world, th...

    An excellent read. A deceptively simple writing style belies a very complex book with deep social commentary. The question is simple. What happens when a computer runs the world and keeps the citizenry asleep and suddenly you wake up? Social commentary on over medication, individuality...

    Dystopian novels are all the rage these days, so I figured I?d give this one another look? This Perfect Day is Levin?s third novel, following the exquisitely structured and perfectly paced A Kiss Before Dying and the similarly fantastic Rosemary?s Baby. TPD is a longer narr...

    I listened to this with my husband on a long car journey. We enjoyed it! It was fast-paced and engaging and thought provoking, but I had some ISSUES with it. *spoiler warning for those who care* The theme of a perfect utopia which turns out to be a sinister dystopia, where peopl...

  • Patrick Gibson
    May 26, 2011

    I am not the type of person who rereads books. In fact, I never reread books. Except this one. I pick it up every couple of years. This is A Brave New World but so much better. So much realer. Unfortunately, it is now out of print. But maybe with the author's recent passing, they will ...

    Completed way back in June, 1969, Ira Levin's novel THIS PERFECT DAY introduces a futuristic colony with a computer at the helm where everyone is programmed to be cold and lifeless, and everyone, as a member of the "family" is monitored throughout the day. "Even the basic facts of natu...

    I'm kind of sorry to give this book two stars, because it is a very good story and in it's own way a good addition to the dystopian genre. I've read two other Ira Levin books before this one; 'A Kiss Before Dying' and 'Rosemary's Baby' and enjoyed both of those, and I will go on and re...

    This 1971 novel presents an early imaginative vision of a computer controlled dystopian society masquerading as a utopia. It?s more in the tradition of Brave New World than 1984 in that thought control is not by propaganda but by all intrusive counselors and drugs. The Soma in this t...

    This is the March book for the Pittsburgh Dystopian Science Fiction Club. Before I get to anything else, I'm going to address the problematic gender dynamics in this book. I think one of the things that has often turned me off to science fiction in the past has been the dude factor, wh...

    Christ, Marx, Wood and Wei Led us to this perfect day Marx, Wood, Wei and Christ All but Marx were sacrificed Wood, Wei, Christ and Marx Gave us lovely schools and parks Wei, Christ, Marx and Wood Made us humble, made us good.- dystopian future world child's bouncing song ...

    I'm not writing this review for anyone other than my nerd friends that check my Goodreads page, so don't be surprised by my lack of literary genius... I'll only spoil the one thing that should be spoiled- and it's the same one thing that everyone references. The main character (Chip...

    I think it is impossible to review this book and not mention 1984, Brave New World, We and Kallocain. Levin's book fares well in this company as I think this is one of his best. One mighty family A single perfect breed Free of all selfishness Aggressiveness and greed Each mem...

    "You are only partly alive. We can help you more than you can imagine." I had never heard of this book before it was selected for an SFF Audio Readalong discussion, and I think I liked it more after we talked about it for an hour or so. There is a lot to think about here. The no...

    Una distopía clásica con toques de sus antecesoras 1984 o Un mundo feliz. La he leído en dos sentadas porque me ha resultado muy amena pero hay algunas cosas que para mi gusto restan, la principal la motivación del protagonista. Pese a esas cosas, lo bueno gana y se lleva 4 estrell...

    *sigh* I love this book. I recommend this book to people when they ask me for a sci-fi suggestion & I'm assuming they've read the ABC's (that's Asimov, Bradbury, and Clarke) and perhaps haven't been introduced to Levin. This is oft-compared to "1984" and "Brave New World" -- and I ...

    This is one of my absolute favorite books of all time. Do yourself and favor and read it if you haven't before. I pick it up and reread it every couple of years, and I think I always notice something new in the story....but that may just be because my view on life changes over the year...

    I?ll admit right up front that I?m not a fan of dystopian fiction. However, I am a fan of Ira Levin (both his novels and his plays). ?This Perfect Day? was published in 1970 ? after his play ?Dr Cook?s Garden? (1967) and before his novels ?The Stepford Wives? (19...

    I'm surprised at the low rating many have given this classic. What makes This Perfect Day a must read is not just a well-crafted, twisting plot and setting, but the depth of the main character. The author reveals him to us gradually -- as the character becomes less drugged/more cog...

    The only other book to have scared me this much is 1984. I want to both stop reading immediately and continue reading to the end, even if it takes me all night. ...

    This is a cult classic (1970?s) apparently out of print for a long time. I first read about this novel in a recent magazine praising the fact it was now available in the e format. I looked a little further and found this novel universally praised to the highest degree. So high, in fa...

  • Yvensong
    May 07, 2010

    I am not the type of person who rereads books. In fact, I never reread books. Except this one. I pick it up every couple of years. This is A Brave New World but so much better. So much realer. Unfortunately, it is now out of print. But maybe with the author's recent passing, they will ...

    Completed way back in June, 1969, Ira Levin's novel THIS PERFECT DAY introduces a futuristic colony with a computer at the helm where everyone is programmed to be cold and lifeless, and everyone, as a member of the "family" is monitored throughout the day. "Even the basic facts of natu...

    I'm kind of sorry to give this book two stars, because it is a very good story and in it's own way a good addition to the dystopian genre. I've read two other Ira Levin books before this one; 'A Kiss Before Dying' and 'Rosemary's Baby' and enjoyed both of those, and I will go on and re...

    This 1971 novel presents an early imaginative vision of a computer controlled dystopian society masquerading as a utopia. It?s more in the tradition of Brave New World than 1984 in that thought control is not by propaganda but by all intrusive counselors and drugs. The Soma in this t...

    This is the March book for the Pittsburgh Dystopian Science Fiction Club. Before I get to anything else, I'm going to address the problematic gender dynamics in this book. I think one of the things that has often turned me off to science fiction in the past has been the dude factor, wh...

    Christ, Marx, Wood and Wei Led us to this perfect day Marx, Wood, Wei and Christ All but Marx were sacrificed Wood, Wei, Christ and Marx Gave us lovely schools and parks Wei, Christ, Marx and Wood Made us humble, made us good.- dystopian future world child's bouncing song ...

    I'm not writing this review for anyone other than my nerd friends that check my Goodreads page, so don't be surprised by my lack of literary genius... I'll only spoil the one thing that should be spoiled- and it's the same one thing that everyone references. The main character (Chip...

    I think it is impossible to review this book and not mention 1984, Brave New World, We and Kallocain. Levin's book fares well in this company as I think this is one of his best. One mighty family A single perfect breed Free of all selfishness Aggressiveness and greed Each mem...

    "You are only partly alive. We can help you more than you can imagine." I had never heard of this book before it was selected for an SFF Audio Readalong discussion, and I think I liked it more after we talked about it for an hour or so. There is a lot to think about here. The no...

    Una distopía clásica con toques de sus antecesoras 1984 o Un mundo feliz. La he leído en dos sentadas porque me ha resultado muy amena pero hay algunas cosas que para mi gusto restan, la principal la motivación del protagonista. Pese a esas cosas, lo bueno gana y se lleva 4 estrell...

    *sigh* I love this book. I recommend this book to people when they ask me for a sci-fi suggestion & I'm assuming they've read the ABC's (that's Asimov, Bradbury, and Clarke) and perhaps haven't been introduced to Levin. This is oft-compared to "1984" and "Brave New World" -- and I ...

    This is one of my absolute favorite books of all time. Do yourself and favor and read it if you haven't before. I pick it up and reread it every couple of years, and I think I always notice something new in the story....but that may just be because my view on life changes over the year...

    I?ll admit right up front that I?m not a fan of dystopian fiction. However, I am a fan of Ira Levin (both his novels and his plays). ?This Perfect Day? was published in 1970 ? after his play ?Dr Cook?s Garden? (1967) and before his novels ?The Stepford Wives? (19...

    I'm surprised at the low rating many have given this classic. What makes This Perfect Day a must read is not just a well-crafted, twisting plot and setting, but the depth of the main character. The author reveals him to us gradually -- as the character becomes less drugged/more cog...

    The only other book to have scared me this much is 1984. I want to both stop reading immediately and continue reading to the end, even if it takes me all night. ...

    This is a cult classic (1970?s) apparently out of print for a long time. I first read about this novel in a recent magazine praising the fact it was now available in the e format. I looked a little further and found this novel universally praised to the highest degree. So high, in fa...

    A ripoff of Brave New World, only with more racism, heteronormativity, and rape. Seriously, all the drugged dull masses are tan-skinned, slant- eyed communists, and the ~truly alive aware hero of this story and his first love interest are unusual for having white features (pale skin an...

    DISTURBING! The whole plot and the themes of this book are frightening; basically it's about people going through the motions of living without really living, people being stupefied and controlled by the very system they created.Ira Levin, the author who brought us the horror of Ros...

    I tell people I don't like dystopias, then I go and read them again and again. What can I say? There are a lot of good ones--including this one, even if it's not a great one. Atwood of A Handmaid's Tale is the strongest living prose stylist I've read. Ayn Rand's Anthem (don't sneer) is...

    I first read This Perfect Day in 1970 after it was recommended to me by my good friends Janice and Betty. It is an anti-conformist story about a future where society and all individuals in it are controlled by Uni, a vast computer. Uni controlls everything including the weather, what j...

    Although this book has been compared to Brave New World et cetera...It is first and foremost a thoughtful and engaging thriller laced with humour. While I was reading this at the tender age of fourteen, I couldn't help but visualize the scenes so clearly...Ira Levin taught me the impor...

    What makes This Perfect Day a must read is the depth of the main character. The author reveals him to us gradually -- as the character becomes less drugged/more cogent, we know and care about him even more. The scanners and bracelets remind me of the RFID cards and readers we have toda...

    This novel by Ira Levin is about a utopian society where treatments help maintain a stable society, but at what cost? Protagonist Li (or Chip as he prefers to be known) is uncertain about the sameness, and eventually joins a counterculture trying to change things. Good characters, good...

    Centuries in the future, the people of Earth live under the control of an artificial intelligence called UniComp. A century and a half earlier, the computers governing the five continents had come together in the Unification. The result was a worldwide society free of war, hunger, crim...

    3 1/2 Stars This character-driven dystopia had very good character development and a rather frightening view of a possible future for all of mankind. In the minds of the developers of the society, this was Utopia. In the minds of not such a small group of people in today's world, th...

  • Ralph McEwen
    Apr 05, 2010

    I am not the type of person who rereads books. In fact, I never reread books. Except this one. I pick it up every couple of years. This is A Brave New World but so much better. So much realer. Unfortunately, it is now out of print. But maybe with the author's recent passing, they will ...

    Completed way back in June, 1969, Ira Levin's novel THIS PERFECT DAY introduces a futuristic colony with a computer at the helm where everyone is programmed to be cold and lifeless, and everyone, as a member of the "family" is monitored throughout the day. "Even the basic facts of natu...

    I'm kind of sorry to give this book two stars, because it is a very good story and in it's own way a good addition to the dystopian genre. I've read two other Ira Levin books before this one; 'A Kiss Before Dying' and 'Rosemary's Baby' and enjoyed both of those, and I will go on and re...

    This 1971 novel presents an early imaginative vision of a computer controlled dystopian society masquerading as a utopia. It?s more in the tradition of Brave New World than 1984 in that thought control is not by propaganda but by all intrusive counselors and drugs. The Soma in this t...

    This is the March book for the Pittsburgh Dystopian Science Fiction Club. Before I get to anything else, I'm going to address the problematic gender dynamics in this book. I think one of the things that has often turned me off to science fiction in the past has been the dude factor, wh...

    Christ, Marx, Wood and Wei Led us to this perfect day Marx, Wood, Wei and Christ All but Marx were sacrificed Wood, Wei, Christ and Marx Gave us lovely schools and parks Wei, Christ, Marx and Wood Made us humble, made us good.- dystopian future world child's bouncing song ...

    I'm not writing this review for anyone other than my nerd friends that check my Goodreads page, so don't be surprised by my lack of literary genius... I'll only spoil the one thing that should be spoiled- and it's the same one thing that everyone references. The main character (Chip...

    I think it is impossible to review this book and not mention 1984, Brave New World, We and Kallocain. Levin's book fares well in this company as I think this is one of his best. One mighty family A single perfect breed Free of all selfishness Aggressiveness and greed Each mem...

    "You are only partly alive. We can help you more than you can imagine." I had never heard of this book before it was selected for an SFF Audio Readalong discussion, and I think I liked it more after we talked about it for an hour or so. There is a lot to think about here. The no...

    Una distopía clásica con toques de sus antecesoras 1984 o Un mundo feliz. La he leído en dos sentadas porque me ha resultado muy amena pero hay algunas cosas que para mi gusto restan, la principal la motivación del protagonista. Pese a esas cosas, lo bueno gana y se lleva 4 estrell...

    *sigh* I love this book. I recommend this book to people when they ask me for a sci-fi suggestion & I'm assuming they've read the ABC's (that's Asimov, Bradbury, and Clarke) and perhaps haven't been introduced to Levin. This is oft-compared to "1984" and "Brave New World" -- and I ...

    This is one of my absolute favorite books of all time. Do yourself and favor and read it if you haven't before. I pick it up and reread it every couple of years, and I think I always notice something new in the story....but that may just be because my view on life changes over the year...

    I?ll admit right up front that I?m not a fan of dystopian fiction. However, I am a fan of Ira Levin (both his novels and his plays). ?This Perfect Day? was published in 1970 ? after his play ?Dr Cook?s Garden? (1967) and before his novels ?The Stepford Wives? (19...

    I'm surprised at the low rating many have given this classic. What makes This Perfect Day a must read is not just a well-crafted, twisting plot and setting, but the depth of the main character. The author reveals him to us gradually -- as the character becomes less drugged/more cog...

    The only other book to have scared me this much is 1984. I want to both stop reading immediately and continue reading to the end, even if it takes me all night. ...

    This is a cult classic (1970?s) apparently out of print for a long time. I first read about this novel in a recent magazine praising the fact it was now available in the e format. I looked a little further and found this novel universally praised to the highest degree. So high, in fa...

    A ripoff of Brave New World, only with more racism, heteronormativity, and rape. Seriously, all the drugged dull masses are tan-skinned, slant- eyed communists, and the ~truly alive aware hero of this story and his first love interest are unusual for having white features (pale skin an...

    DISTURBING! The whole plot and the themes of this book are frightening; basically it's about people going through the motions of living without really living, people being stupefied and controlled by the very system they created.Ira Levin, the author who brought us the horror of Ros...

    I tell people I don't like dystopias, then I go and read them again and again. What can I say? There are a lot of good ones--including this one, even if it's not a great one. Atwood of A Handmaid's Tale is the strongest living prose stylist I've read. Ayn Rand's Anthem (don't sneer) is...

    I first read This Perfect Day in 1970 after it was recommended to me by my good friends Janice and Betty. It is an anti-conformist story about a future where society and all individuals in it are controlled by Uni, a vast computer. Uni controlls everything including the weather, what j...

    Although this book has been compared to Brave New World et cetera...It is first and foremost a thoughtful and engaging thriller laced with humour. While I was reading this at the tender age of fourteen, I couldn't help but visualize the scenes so clearly...Ira Levin taught me the impor...

    What makes This Perfect Day a must read is the depth of the main character. The author reveals him to us gradually -- as the character becomes less drugged/more cogent, we know and care about him even more. The scanners and bracelets remind me of the RFID cards and readers we have toda...

  • Mike
    Mar 23, 2013

    I am not the type of person who rereads books. In fact, I never reread books. Except this one. I pick it up every couple of years. This is A Brave New World but so much better. So much realer. Unfortunately, it is now out of print. But maybe with the author's recent passing, they will ...

    Completed way back in June, 1969, Ira Levin's novel THIS PERFECT DAY introduces a futuristic colony with a computer at the helm where everyone is programmed to be cold and lifeless, and everyone, as a member of the "family" is monitored throughout the day. "Even the basic facts of natu...

    I'm kind of sorry to give this book two stars, because it is a very good story and in it's own way a good addition to the dystopian genre. I've read two other Ira Levin books before this one; 'A Kiss Before Dying' and 'Rosemary's Baby' and enjoyed both of those, and I will go on and re...

    This 1971 novel presents an early imaginative vision of a computer controlled dystopian society masquerading as a utopia. It?s more in the tradition of Brave New World than 1984 in that thought control is not by propaganda but by all intrusive counselors and drugs. The Soma in this t...

    This is the March book for the Pittsburgh Dystopian Science Fiction Club. Before I get to anything else, I'm going to address the problematic gender dynamics in this book. I think one of the things that has often turned me off to science fiction in the past has been the dude factor, wh...

    Christ, Marx, Wood and Wei Led us to this perfect day Marx, Wood, Wei and Christ All but Marx were sacrificed Wood, Wei, Christ and Marx Gave us lovely schools and parks Wei, Christ, Marx and Wood Made us humble, made us good.- dystopian future world child's bouncing song ...

    I'm not writing this review for anyone other than my nerd friends that check my Goodreads page, so don't be surprised by my lack of literary genius... I'll only spoil the one thing that should be spoiled- and it's the same one thing that everyone references. The main character (Chip...

    I think it is impossible to review this book and not mention 1984, Brave New World, We and Kallocain. Levin's book fares well in this company as I think this is one of his best. One mighty family A single perfect breed Free of all selfishness Aggressiveness and greed Each mem...

    "You are only partly alive. We can help you more than you can imagine." I had never heard of this book before it was selected for an SFF Audio Readalong discussion, and I think I liked it more after we talked about it for an hour or so. There is a lot to think about here. The no...

    Una distopía clásica con toques de sus antecesoras 1984 o Un mundo feliz. La he leído en dos sentadas porque me ha resultado muy amena pero hay algunas cosas que para mi gusto restan, la principal la motivación del protagonista. Pese a esas cosas, lo bueno gana y se lleva 4 estrell...

    *sigh* I love this book. I recommend this book to people when they ask me for a sci-fi suggestion & I'm assuming they've read the ABC's (that's Asimov, Bradbury, and Clarke) and perhaps haven't been introduced to Levin. This is oft-compared to "1984" and "Brave New World" -- and I ...

    This is one of my absolute favorite books of all time. Do yourself and favor and read it if you haven't before. I pick it up and reread it every couple of years, and I think I always notice something new in the story....but that may just be because my view on life changes over the year...

    I?ll admit right up front that I?m not a fan of dystopian fiction. However, I am a fan of Ira Levin (both his novels and his plays). ?This Perfect Day? was published in 1970 ? after his play ?Dr Cook?s Garden? (1967) and before his novels ?The Stepford Wives? (19...

    I'm surprised at the low rating many have given this classic. What makes This Perfect Day a must read is not just a well-crafted, twisting plot and setting, but the depth of the main character. The author reveals him to us gradually -- as the character becomes less drugged/more cog...

    The only other book to have scared me this much is 1984. I want to both stop reading immediately and continue reading to the end, even if it takes me all night. ...

    This is a cult classic (1970?s) apparently out of print for a long time. I first read about this novel in a recent magazine praising the fact it was now available in the e format. I looked a little further and found this novel universally praised to the highest degree. So high, in fa...

    A ripoff of Brave New World, only with more racism, heteronormativity, and rape. Seriously, all the drugged dull masses are tan-skinned, slant- eyed communists, and the ~truly alive aware hero of this story and his first love interest are unusual for having white features (pale skin an...

    DISTURBING! The whole plot and the themes of this book are frightening; basically it's about people going through the motions of living without really living, people being stupefied and controlled by the very system they created.Ira Levin, the author who brought us the horror of Ros...

    I tell people I don't like dystopias, then I go and read them again and again. What can I say? There are a lot of good ones--including this one, even if it's not a great one. Atwood of A Handmaid's Tale is the strongest living prose stylist I've read. Ayn Rand's Anthem (don't sneer) is...

    I first read This Perfect Day in 1970 after it was recommended to me by my good friends Janice and Betty. It is an anti-conformist story about a future where society and all individuals in it are controlled by Uni, a vast computer. Uni controlls everything including the weather, what j...

    Although this book has been compared to Brave New World et cetera...It is first and foremost a thoughtful and engaging thriller laced with humour. While I was reading this at the tender age of fourteen, I couldn't help but visualize the scenes so clearly...Ira Levin taught me the impor...

    What makes This Perfect Day a must read is the depth of the main character. The author reveals him to us gradually -- as the character becomes less drugged/more cogent, we know and care about him even more. The scanners and bracelets remind me of the RFID cards and readers we have toda...

    This novel by Ira Levin is about a utopian society where treatments help maintain a stable society, but at what cost? Protagonist Li (or Chip as he prefers to be known) is uncertain about the sameness, and eventually joins a counterculture trying to change things. Good characters, good...

    Centuries in the future, the people of Earth live under the control of an artificial intelligence called UniComp. A century and a half earlier, the computers governing the five continents had come together in the Unification. The result was a worldwide society free of war, hunger, crim...

    3 1/2 Stars This character-driven dystopia had very good character development and a rather frightening view of a possible future for all of mankind. In the minds of the developers of the society, this was Utopia. In the minds of not such a small group of people in today's world, th...

    An excellent read. A deceptively simple writing style belies a very complex book with deep social commentary. The question is simple. What happens when a computer runs the world and keeps the citizenry asleep and suddenly you wake up? Social commentary on over medication, individuality...

    Dystopian novels are all the rage these days, so I figured I?d give this one another look? This Perfect Day is Levin?s third novel, following the exquisitely structured and perfectly paced A Kiss Before Dying and the similarly fantastic Rosemary?s Baby. TPD is a longer narr...

  • Lisa (Harmonybites)
    Apr 21, 2010

    I am not the type of person who rereads books. In fact, I never reread books. Except this one. I pick it up every couple of years. This is A Brave New World but so much better. So much realer. Unfortunately, it is now out of print. But maybe with the author's recent passing, they will ...

    Completed way back in June, 1969, Ira Levin's novel THIS PERFECT DAY introduces a futuristic colony with a computer at the helm where everyone is programmed to be cold and lifeless, and everyone, as a member of the "family" is monitored throughout the day. "Even the basic facts of natu...

    I'm kind of sorry to give this book two stars, because it is a very good story and in it's own way a good addition to the dystopian genre. I've read two other Ira Levin books before this one; 'A Kiss Before Dying' and 'Rosemary's Baby' and enjoyed both of those, and I will go on and re...

    This 1971 novel presents an early imaginative vision of a computer controlled dystopian society masquerading as a utopia. It?s more in the tradition of Brave New World than 1984 in that thought control is not by propaganda but by all intrusive counselors and drugs. The Soma in this t...

    This is the March book for the Pittsburgh Dystopian Science Fiction Club. Before I get to anything else, I'm going to address the problematic gender dynamics in this book. I think one of the things that has often turned me off to science fiction in the past has been the dude factor, wh...

    Christ, Marx, Wood and Wei Led us to this perfect day Marx, Wood, Wei and Christ All but Marx were sacrificed Wood, Wei, Christ and Marx Gave us lovely schools and parks Wei, Christ, Marx and Wood Made us humble, made us good.- dystopian future world child's bouncing song ...

    I'm not writing this review for anyone other than my nerd friends that check my Goodreads page, so don't be surprised by my lack of literary genius... I'll only spoil the one thing that should be spoiled- and it's the same one thing that everyone references. The main character (Chip...

    I think it is impossible to review this book and not mention 1984, Brave New World, We and Kallocain. Levin's book fares well in this company as I think this is one of his best. One mighty family A single perfect breed Free of all selfishness Aggressiveness and greed Each mem...

    "You are only partly alive. We can help you more than you can imagine." I had never heard of this book before it was selected for an SFF Audio Readalong discussion, and I think I liked it more after we talked about it for an hour or so. There is a lot to think about here. The no...

    Una distopía clásica con toques de sus antecesoras 1984 o Un mundo feliz. La he leído en dos sentadas porque me ha resultado muy amena pero hay algunas cosas que para mi gusto restan, la principal la motivación del protagonista. Pese a esas cosas, lo bueno gana y se lleva 4 estrell...

    *sigh* I love this book. I recommend this book to people when they ask me for a sci-fi suggestion & I'm assuming they've read the ABC's (that's Asimov, Bradbury, and Clarke) and perhaps haven't been introduced to Levin. This is oft-compared to "1984" and "Brave New World" -- and I ...

    This is one of my absolute favorite books of all time. Do yourself and favor and read it if you haven't before. I pick it up and reread it every couple of years, and I think I always notice something new in the story....but that may just be because my view on life changes over the year...

    I?ll admit right up front that I?m not a fan of dystopian fiction. However, I am a fan of Ira Levin (both his novels and his plays). ?This Perfect Day? was published in 1970 ? after his play ?Dr Cook?s Garden? (1967) and before his novels ?The Stepford Wives? (19...

    I'm surprised at the low rating many have given this classic. What makes This Perfect Day a must read is not just a well-crafted, twisting plot and setting, but the depth of the main character. The author reveals him to us gradually -- as the character becomes less drugged/more cog...

    The only other book to have scared me this much is 1984. I want to both stop reading immediately and continue reading to the end, even if it takes me all night. ...

    This is a cult classic (1970?s) apparently out of print for a long time. I first read about this novel in a recent magazine praising the fact it was now available in the e format. I looked a little further and found this novel universally praised to the highest degree. So high, in fa...

    A ripoff of Brave New World, only with more racism, heteronormativity, and rape. Seriously, all the drugged dull masses are tan-skinned, slant- eyed communists, and the ~truly alive aware hero of this story and his first love interest are unusual for having white features (pale skin an...

    DISTURBING! The whole plot and the themes of this book are frightening; basically it's about people going through the motions of living without really living, people being stupefied and controlled by the very system they created.Ira Levin, the author who brought us the horror of Ros...

    I tell people I don't like dystopias, then I go and read them again and again. What can I say? There are a lot of good ones--including this one, even if it's not a great one. Atwood of A Handmaid's Tale is the strongest living prose stylist I've read. Ayn Rand's Anthem (don't sneer) is...

  • Ivan
    Jun 11, 2012

    I am not the type of person who rereads books. In fact, I never reread books. Except this one. I pick it up every couple of years. This is A Brave New World but so much better. So much realer. Unfortunately, it is now out of print. But maybe with the author's recent passing, they will ...

    Completed way back in June, 1969, Ira Levin's novel THIS PERFECT DAY introduces a futuristic colony with a computer at the helm where everyone is programmed to be cold and lifeless, and everyone, as a member of the "family" is monitored throughout the day. "Even the basic facts of natu...

    I'm kind of sorry to give this book two stars, because it is a very good story and in it's own way a good addition to the dystopian genre. I've read two other Ira Levin books before this one; 'A Kiss Before Dying' and 'Rosemary's Baby' and enjoyed both of those, and I will go on and re...

    This 1971 novel presents an early imaginative vision of a computer controlled dystopian society masquerading as a utopia. It?s more in the tradition of Brave New World than 1984 in that thought control is not by propaganda but by all intrusive counselors and drugs. The Soma in this t...

    This is the March book for the Pittsburgh Dystopian Science Fiction Club. Before I get to anything else, I'm going to address the problematic gender dynamics in this book. I think one of the things that has often turned me off to science fiction in the past has been the dude factor, wh...

    Christ, Marx, Wood and Wei Led us to this perfect day Marx, Wood, Wei and Christ All but Marx were sacrificed Wood, Wei, Christ and Marx Gave us lovely schools and parks Wei, Christ, Marx and Wood Made us humble, made us good.- dystopian future world child's bouncing song ...

    I'm not writing this review for anyone other than my nerd friends that check my Goodreads page, so don't be surprised by my lack of literary genius... I'll only spoil the one thing that should be spoiled- and it's the same one thing that everyone references. The main character (Chip...

    I think it is impossible to review this book and not mention 1984, Brave New World, We and Kallocain. Levin's book fares well in this company as I think this is one of his best. One mighty family A single perfect breed Free of all selfishness Aggressiveness and greed Each mem...

    "You are only partly alive. We can help you more than you can imagine." I had never heard of this book before it was selected for an SFF Audio Readalong discussion, and I think I liked it more after we talked about it for an hour or so. There is a lot to think about here. The no...

    Una distopía clásica con toques de sus antecesoras 1984 o Un mundo feliz. La he leído en dos sentadas porque me ha resultado muy amena pero hay algunas cosas que para mi gusto restan, la principal la motivación del protagonista. Pese a esas cosas, lo bueno gana y se lleva 4 estrell...

    *sigh* I love this book. I recommend this book to people when they ask me for a sci-fi suggestion & I'm assuming they've read the ABC's (that's Asimov, Bradbury, and Clarke) and perhaps haven't been introduced to Levin. This is oft-compared to "1984" and "Brave New World" -- and I ...

    This is one of my absolute favorite books of all time. Do yourself and favor and read it if you haven't before. I pick it up and reread it every couple of years, and I think I always notice something new in the story....but that may just be because my view on life changes over the year...

    I?ll admit right up front that I?m not a fan of dystopian fiction. However, I am a fan of Ira Levin (both his novels and his plays). ?This Perfect Day? was published in 1970 ? after his play ?Dr Cook?s Garden? (1967) and before his novels ?The Stepford Wives? (19...

  • Hazel Benson
    Apr 06, 2012

    I am not the type of person who rereads books. In fact, I never reread books. Except this one. I pick it up every couple of years. This is A Brave New World but so much better. So much realer. Unfortunately, it is now out of print. But maybe with the author's recent passing, they will ...

    Completed way back in June, 1969, Ira Levin's novel THIS PERFECT DAY introduces a futuristic colony with a computer at the helm where everyone is programmed to be cold and lifeless, and everyone, as a member of the "family" is monitored throughout the day. "Even the basic facts of natu...

    I'm kind of sorry to give this book two stars, because it is a very good story and in it's own way a good addition to the dystopian genre. I've read two other Ira Levin books before this one; 'A Kiss Before Dying' and 'Rosemary's Baby' and enjoyed both of those, and I will go on and re...

  • Michael
    Mar 14, 2015

    I am not the type of person who rereads books. In fact, I never reread books. Except this one. I pick it up every couple of years. This is A Brave New World but so much better. So much realer. Unfortunately, it is now out of print. But maybe with the author's recent passing, they will ...

    Completed way back in June, 1969, Ira Levin's novel THIS PERFECT DAY introduces a futuristic colony with a computer at the helm where everyone is programmed to be cold and lifeless, and everyone, as a member of the "family" is monitored throughout the day. "Even the basic facts of natu...

    I'm kind of sorry to give this book two stars, because it is a very good story and in it's own way a good addition to the dystopian genre. I've read two other Ira Levin books before this one; 'A Kiss Before Dying' and 'Rosemary's Baby' and enjoyed both of those, and I will go on and re...

    This 1971 novel presents an early imaginative vision of a computer controlled dystopian society masquerading as a utopia. It?s more in the tradition of Brave New World than 1984 in that thought control is not by propaganda but by all intrusive counselors and drugs. The Soma in this t...

  • Heather Crews
    Aug 08, 2010

    I am not the type of person who rereads books. In fact, I never reread books. Except this one. I pick it up every couple of years. This is A Brave New World but so much better. So much realer. Unfortunately, it is now out of print. But maybe with the author's recent passing, they will ...

    Completed way back in June, 1969, Ira Levin's novel THIS PERFECT DAY introduces a futuristic colony with a computer at the helm where everyone is programmed to be cold and lifeless, and everyone, as a member of the "family" is monitored throughout the day. "Even the basic facts of natu...

    I'm kind of sorry to give this book two stars, because it is a very good story and in it's own way a good addition to the dystopian genre. I've read two other Ira Levin books before this one; 'A Kiss Before Dying' and 'Rosemary's Baby' and enjoyed both of those, and I will go on and re...

    This 1971 novel presents an early imaginative vision of a computer controlled dystopian society masquerading as a utopia. It?s more in the tradition of Brave New World than 1984 in that thought control is not by propaganda but by all intrusive counselors and drugs. The Soma in this t...

    This is the March book for the Pittsburgh Dystopian Science Fiction Club. Before I get to anything else, I'm going to address the problematic gender dynamics in this book. I think one of the things that has often turned me off to science fiction in the past has been the dude factor, wh...

    Christ, Marx, Wood and Wei Led us to this perfect day Marx, Wood, Wei and Christ All but Marx were sacrificed Wood, Wei, Christ and Marx Gave us lovely schools and parks Wei, Christ, Marx and Wood Made us humble, made us good.- dystopian future world child's bouncing song ...

    I'm not writing this review for anyone other than my nerd friends that check my Goodreads page, so don't be surprised by my lack of literary genius... I'll only spoil the one thing that should be spoiled- and it's the same one thing that everyone references. The main character (Chip...

    I think it is impossible to review this book and not mention 1984, Brave New World, We and Kallocain. Levin's book fares well in this company as I think this is one of his best. One mighty family A single perfect breed Free of all selfishness Aggressiveness and greed Each mem...

    "You are only partly alive. We can help you more than you can imagine." I had never heard of this book before it was selected for an SFF Audio Readalong discussion, and I think I liked it more after we talked about it for an hour or so. There is a lot to think about here. The no...

    Una distopía clásica con toques de sus antecesoras 1984 o Un mundo feliz. La he leído en dos sentadas porque me ha resultado muy amena pero hay algunas cosas que para mi gusto restan, la principal la motivación del protagonista. Pese a esas cosas, lo bueno gana y se lleva 4 estrell...

    *sigh* I love this book. I recommend this book to people when they ask me for a sci-fi suggestion & I'm assuming they've read the ABC's (that's Asimov, Bradbury, and Clarke) and perhaps haven't been introduced to Levin. This is oft-compared to "1984" and "Brave New World" -- and I ...

    This is one of my absolute favorite books of all time. Do yourself and favor and read it if you haven't before. I pick it up and reread it every couple of years, and I think I always notice something new in the story....but that may just be because my view on life changes over the year...

  • Allison Doyle
    Aug 23, 2011

    I am not the type of person who rereads books. In fact, I never reread books. Except this one. I pick it up every couple of years. This is A Brave New World but so much better. So much realer. Unfortunately, it is now out of print. But maybe with the author's recent passing, they will ...

    Completed way back in June, 1969, Ira Levin's novel THIS PERFECT DAY introduces a futuristic colony with a computer at the helm where everyone is programmed to be cold and lifeless, and everyone, as a member of the "family" is monitored throughout the day. "Even the basic facts of natu...

    I'm kind of sorry to give this book two stars, because it is a very good story and in it's own way a good addition to the dystopian genre. I've read two other Ira Levin books before this one; 'A Kiss Before Dying' and 'Rosemary's Baby' and enjoyed both of those, and I will go on and re...

    This 1971 novel presents an early imaginative vision of a computer controlled dystopian society masquerading as a utopia. It?s more in the tradition of Brave New World than 1984 in that thought control is not by propaganda but by all intrusive counselors and drugs. The Soma in this t...

    This is the March book for the Pittsburgh Dystopian Science Fiction Club. Before I get to anything else, I'm going to address the problematic gender dynamics in this book. I think one of the things that has often turned me off to science fiction in the past has been the dude factor, wh...

    Christ, Marx, Wood and Wei Led us to this perfect day Marx, Wood, Wei and Christ All but Marx were sacrificed Wood, Wei, Christ and Marx Gave us lovely schools and parks Wei, Christ, Marx and Wood Made us humble, made us good.- dystopian future world child's bouncing song ...

    I'm not writing this review for anyone other than my nerd friends that check my Goodreads page, so don't be surprised by my lack of literary genius... I'll only spoil the one thing that should be spoiled- and it's the same one thing that everyone references. The main character (Chip...

    I think it is impossible to review this book and not mention 1984, Brave New World, We and Kallocain. Levin's book fares well in this company as I think this is one of his best. One mighty family A single perfect breed Free of all selfishness Aggressiveness and greed Each mem...

    "You are only partly alive. We can help you more than you can imagine." I had never heard of this book before it was selected for an SFF Audio Readalong discussion, and I think I liked it more after we talked about it for an hour or so. There is a lot to think about here. The no...

    Una distopía clásica con toques de sus antecesoras 1984 o Un mundo feliz. La he leído en dos sentadas porque me ha resultado muy amena pero hay algunas cosas que para mi gusto restan, la principal la motivación del protagonista. Pese a esas cosas, lo bueno gana y se lleva 4 estrell...

    *sigh* I love this book. I recommend this book to people when they ask me for a sci-fi suggestion & I'm assuming they've read the ABC's (that's Asimov, Bradbury, and Clarke) and perhaps haven't been introduced to Levin. This is oft-compared to "1984" and "Brave New World" -- and I ...

  • Mal Warwick
    Apr 27, 2017

    I am not the type of person who rereads books. In fact, I never reread books. Except this one. I pick it up every couple of years. This is A Brave New World but so much better. So much realer. Unfortunately, it is now out of print. But maybe with the author's recent passing, they will ...

    Completed way back in June, 1969, Ira Levin's novel THIS PERFECT DAY introduces a futuristic colony with a computer at the helm where everyone is programmed to be cold and lifeless, and everyone, as a member of the "family" is monitored throughout the day. "Even the basic facts of natu...

    I'm kind of sorry to give this book two stars, because it is a very good story and in it's own way a good addition to the dystopian genre. I've read two other Ira Levin books before this one; 'A Kiss Before Dying' and 'Rosemary's Baby' and enjoyed both of those, and I will go on and re...

    This 1971 novel presents an early imaginative vision of a computer controlled dystopian society masquerading as a utopia. It?s more in the tradition of Brave New World than 1984 in that thought control is not by propaganda but by all intrusive counselors and drugs. The Soma in this t...

    This is the March book for the Pittsburgh Dystopian Science Fiction Club. Before I get to anything else, I'm going to address the problematic gender dynamics in this book. I think one of the things that has often turned me off to science fiction in the past has been the dude factor, wh...

    Christ, Marx, Wood and Wei Led us to this perfect day Marx, Wood, Wei and Christ All but Marx were sacrificed Wood, Wei, Christ and Marx Gave us lovely schools and parks Wei, Christ, Marx and Wood Made us humble, made us good.- dystopian future world child's bouncing song ...

    I'm not writing this review for anyone other than my nerd friends that check my Goodreads page, so don't be surprised by my lack of literary genius... I'll only spoil the one thing that should be spoiled- and it's the same one thing that everyone references. The main character (Chip...

    I think it is impossible to review this book and not mention 1984, Brave New World, We and Kallocain. Levin's book fares well in this company as I think this is one of his best. One mighty family A single perfect breed Free of all selfishness Aggressiveness and greed Each mem...

    "You are only partly alive. We can help you more than you can imagine." I had never heard of this book before it was selected for an SFF Audio Readalong discussion, and I think I liked it more after we talked about it for an hour or so. There is a lot to think about here. The no...

    Una distopía clásica con toques de sus antecesoras 1984 o Un mundo feliz. La he leído en dos sentadas porque me ha resultado muy amena pero hay algunas cosas que para mi gusto restan, la principal la motivación del protagonista. Pese a esas cosas, lo bueno gana y se lleva 4 estrell...

    *sigh* I love this book. I recommend this book to people when they ask me for a sci-fi suggestion & I'm assuming they've read the ABC's (that's Asimov, Bradbury, and Clarke) and perhaps haven't been introduced to Levin. This is oft-compared to "1984" and "Brave New World" -- and I ...

    This is one of my absolute favorite books of all time. Do yourself and favor and read it if you haven't before. I pick it up and reread it every couple of years, and I think I always notice something new in the story....but that may just be because my view on life changes over the year...

    I?ll admit right up front that I?m not a fan of dystopian fiction. However, I am a fan of Ira Levin (both his novels and his plays). ?This Perfect Day? was published in 1970 ? after his play ?Dr Cook?s Garden? (1967) and before his novels ?The Stepford Wives? (19...

    I'm surprised at the low rating many have given this classic. What makes This Perfect Day a must read is not just a well-crafted, twisting plot and setting, but the depth of the main character. The author reveals him to us gradually -- as the character becomes less drugged/more cog...

    The only other book to have scared me this much is 1984. I want to both stop reading immediately and continue reading to the end, even if it takes me all night. ...

    This is a cult classic (1970?s) apparently out of print for a long time. I first read about this novel in a recent magazine praising the fact it was now available in the e format. I looked a little further and found this novel universally praised to the highest degree. So high, in fa...

    A ripoff of Brave New World, only with more racism, heteronormativity, and rape. Seriously, all the drugged dull masses are tan-skinned, slant- eyed communists, and the ~truly alive aware hero of this story and his first love interest are unusual for having white features (pale skin an...

    DISTURBING! The whole plot and the themes of this book are frightening; basically it's about people going through the motions of living without really living, people being stupefied and controlled by the very system they created.Ira Levin, the author who brought us the horror of Ros...

    I tell people I don't like dystopias, then I go and read them again and again. What can I say? There are a lot of good ones--including this one, even if it's not a great one. Atwood of A Handmaid's Tale is the strongest living prose stylist I've read. Ayn Rand's Anthem (don't sneer) is...

    I first read This Perfect Day in 1970 after it was recommended to me by my good friends Janice and Betty. It is an anti-conformist story about a future where society and all individuals in it are controlled by Uni, a vast computer. Uni controlls everything including the weather, what j...

    Although this book has been compared to Brave New World et cetera...It is first and foremost a thoughtful and engaging thriller laced with humour. While I was reading this at the tender age of fourteen, I couldn't help but visualize the scenes so clearly...Ira Levin taught me the impor...

    What makes This Perfect Day a must read is the depth of the main character. The author reveals him to us gradually -- as the character becomes less drugged/more cogent, we know and care about him even more. The scanners and bracelets remind me of the RFID cards and readers we have toda...

    This novel by Ira Levin is about a utopian society where treatments help maintain a stable society, but at what cost? Protagonist Li (or Chip as he prefers to be known) is uncertain about the sameness, and eventually joins a counterculture trying to change things. Good characters, good...

    Centuries in the future, the people of Earth live under the control of an artificial intelligence called UniComp. A century and a half earlier, the computers governing the five continents had come together in the Unification. The result was a worldwide society free of war, hunger, crim...

  • Jenny
    Dec 05, 2012

    I am not the type of person who rereads books. In fact, I never reread books. Except this one. I pick it up every couple of years. This is A Brave New World but so much better. So much realer. Unfortunately, it is now out of print. But maybe with the author's recent passing, they will ...

    Completed way back in June, 1969, Ira Levin's novel THIS PERFECT DAY introduces a futuristic colony with a computer at the helm where everyone is programmed to be cold and lifeless, and everyone, as a member of the "family" is monitored throughout the day. "Even the basic facts of natu...

    I'm kind of sorry to give this book two stars, because it is a very good story and in it's own way a good addition to the dystopian genre. I've read two other Ira Levin books before this one; 'A Kiss Before Dying' and 'Rosemary's Baby' and enjoyed both of those, and I will go on and re...

    This 1971 novel presents an early imaginative vision of a computer controlled dystopian society masquerading as a utopia. It?s more in the tradition of Brave New World than 1984 in that thought control is not by propaganda but by all intrusive counselors and drugs. The Soma in this t...

    This is the March book for the Pittsburgh Dystopian Science Fiction Club. Before I get to anything else, I'm going to address the problematic gender dynamics in this book. I think one of the things that has often turned me off to science fiction in the past has been the dude factor, wh...

    Christ, Marx, Wood and Wei Led us to this perfect day Marx, Wood, Wei and Christ All but Marx were sacrificed Wood, Wei, Christ and Marx Gave us lovely schools and parks Wei, Christ, Marx and Wood Made us humble, made us good.- dystopian future world child's bouncing song ...

    I'm not writing this review for anyone other than my nerd friends that check my Goodreads page, so don't be surprised by my lack of literary genius... I'll only spoil the one thing that should be spoiled- and it's the same one thing that everyone references. The main character (Chip...

  • Swati Daftuar
    May 24, 2014

    I am not the type of person who rereads books. In fact, I never reread books. Except this one. I pick it up every couple of years. This is A Brave New World but so much better. So much realer. Unfortunately, it is now out of print. But maybe with the author's recent passing, they will ...

    Completed way back in June, 1969, Ira Levin's novel THIS PERFECT DAY introduces a futuristic colony with a computer at the helm where everyone is programmed to be cold and lifeless, and everyone, as a member of the "family" is monitored throughout the day. "Even the basic facts of natu...

    I'm kind of sorry to give this book two stars, because it is a very good story and in it's own way a good addition to the dystopian genre. I've read two other Ira Levin books before this one; 'A Kiss Before Dying' and 'Rosemary's Baby' and enjoyed both of those, and I will go on and re...

    This 1971 novel presents an early imaginative vision of a computer controlled dystopian society masquerading as a utopia. It?s more in the tradition of Brave New World than 1984 in that thought control is not by propaganda but by all intrusive counselors and drugs. The Soma in this t...

    This is the March book for the Pittsburgh Dystopian Science Fiction Club. Before I get to anything else, I'm going to address the problematic gender dynamics in this book. I think one of the things that has often turned me off to science fiction in the past has been the dude factor, wh...

    Christ, Marx, Wood and Wei Led us to this perfect day Marx, Wood, Wei and Christ All but Marx were sacrificed Wood, Wei, Christ and Marx Gave us lovely schools and parks Wei, Christ, Marx and Wood Made us humble, made us good.- dystopian future world child's bouncing song ...

    I'm not writing this review for anyone other than my nerd friends that check my Goodreads page, so don't be surprised by my lack of literary genius... I'll only spoil the one thing that should be spoiled- and it's the same one thing that everyone references. The main character (Chip...

    I think it is impossible to review this book and not mention 1984, Brave New World, We and Kallocain. Levin's book fares well in this company as I think this is one of his best. One mighty family A single perfect breed Free of all selfishness Aggressiveness and greed Each mem...

    "You are only partly alive. We can help you more than you can imagine." I had never heard of this book before it was selected for an SFF Audio Readalong discussion, and I think I liked it more after we talked about it for an hour or so. There is a lot to think about here. The no...

    Una distopía clásica con toques de sus antecesoras 1984 o Un mundo feliz. La he leído en dos sentadas porque me ha resultado muy amena pero hay algunas cosas que para mi gusto restan, la principal la motivación del protagonista. Pese a esas cosas, lo bueno gana y se lleva 4 estrell...

    *sigh* I love this book. I recommend this book to people when they ask me for a sci-fi suggestion & I'm assuming they've read the ABC's (that's Asimov, Bradbury, and Clarke) and perhaps haven't been introduced to Levin. This is oft-compared to "1984" and "Brave New World" -- and I ...

    This is one of my absolute favorite books of all time. Do yourself and favor and read it if you haven't before. I pick it up and reread it every couple of years, and I think I always notice something new in the story....but that may just be because my view on life changes over the year...

    I?ll admit right up front that I?m not a fan of dystopian fiction. However, I am a fan of Ira Levin (both his novels and his plays). ?This Perfect Day? was published in 1970 ? after his play ?Dr Cook?s Garden? (1967) and before his novels ?The Stepford Wives? (19...

    I'm surprised at the low rating many have given this classic. What makes This Perfect Day a must read is not just a well-crafted, twisting plot and setting, but the depth of the main character. The author reveals him to us gradually -- as the character becomes less drugged/more cog...

    The only other book to have scared me this much is 1984. I want to both stop reading immediately and continue reading to the end, even if it takes me all night. ...

  • Carol
    May 27, 2016

    I am not the type of person who rereads books. In fact, I never reread books. Except this one. I pick it up every couple of years. This is A Brave New World but so much better. So much realer. Unfortunately, it is now out of print. But maybe with the author's recent passing, they will ...

    Completed way back in June, 1969, Ira Levin's novel THIS PERFECT DAY introduces a futuristic colony with a computer at the helm where everyone is programmed to be cold and lifeless, and everyone, as a member of the "family" is monitored throughout the day. "Even the basic facts of natu...

  • Nova
    Aug 03, 2012

    I am not the type of person who rereads books. In fact, I never reread books. Except this one. I pick it up every couple of years. This is A Brave New World but so much better. So much realer. Unfortunately, it is now out of print. But maybe with the author's recent passing, they will ...

    Completed way back in June, 1969, Ira Levin's novel THIS PERFECT DAY introduces a futuristic colony with a computer at the helm where everyone is programmed to be cold and lifeless, and everyone, as a member of the "family" is monitored throughout the day. "Even the basic facts of natu...

    I'm kind of sorry to give this book two stars, because it is a very good story and in it's own way a good addition to the dystopian genre. I've read two other Ira Levin books before this one; 'A Kiss Before Dying' and 'Rosemary's Baby' and enjoyed both of those, and I will go on and re...

    This 1971 novel presents an early imaginative vision of a computer controlled dystopian society masquerading as a utopia. It?s more in the tradition of Brave New World than 1984 in that thought control is not by propaganda but by all intrusive counselors and drugs. The Soma in this t...

    This is the March book for the Pittsburgh Dystopian Science Fiction Club. Before I get to anything else, I'm going to address the problematic gender dynamics in this book. I think one of the things that has often turned me off to science fiction in the past has been the dude factor, wh...

    Christ, Marx, Wood and Wei Led us to this perfect day Marx, Wood, Wei and Christ All but Marx were sacrificed Wood, Wei, Christ and Marx Gave us lovely schools and parks Wei, Christ, Marx and Wood Made us humble, made us good.- dystopian future world child's bouncing song ...

    I'm not writing this review for anyone other than my nerd friends that check my Goodreads page, so don't be surprised by my lack of literary genius... I'll only spoil the one thing that should be spoiled- and it's the same one thing that everyone references. The main character (Chip...

    I think it is impossible to review this book and not mention 1984, Brave New World, We and Kallocain. Levin's book fares well in this company as I think this is one of his best. One mighty family A single perfect breed Free of all selfishness Aggressiveness and greed Each mem...

    "You are only partly alive. We can help you more than you can imagine." I had never heard of this book before it was selected for an SFF Audio Readalong discussion, and I think I liked it more after we talked about it for an hour or so. There is a lot to think about here. The no...

    Una distopía clásica con toques de sus antecesoras 1984 o Un mundo feliz. La he leído en dos sentadas porque me ha resultado muy amena pero hay algunas cosas que para mi gusto restan, la principal la motivación del protagonista. Pese a esas cosas, lo bueno gana y se lleva 4 estrell...

    *sigh* I love this book. I recommend this book to people when they ask me for a sci-fi suggestion & I'm assuming they've read the ABC's (that's Asimov, Bradbury, and Clarke) and perhaps haven't been introduced to Levin. This is oft-compared to "1984" and "Brave New World" -- and I ...

    This is one of my absolute favorite books of all time. Do yourself and favor and read it if you haven't before. I pick it up and reread it every couple of years, and I think I always notice something new in the story....but that may just be because my view on life changes over the year...

    I?ll admit right up front that I?m not a fan of dystopian fiction. However, I am a fan of Ira Levin (both his novels and his plays). ?This Perfect Day? was published in 1970 ? after his play ?Dr Cook?s Garden? (1967) and before his novels ?The Stepford Wives? (19...

    I'm surprised at the low rating many have given this classic. What makes This Perfect Day a must read is not just a well-crafted, twisting plot and setting, but the depth of the main character. The author reveals him to us gradually -- as the character becomes less drugged/more cog...

    The only other book to have scared me this much is 1984. I want to both stop reading immediately and continue reading to the end, even if it takes me all night. ...

    This is a cult classic (1970?s) apparently out of print for a long time. I first read about this novel in a recent magazine praising the fact it was now available in the e format. I looked a little further and found this novel universally praised to the highest degree. So high, in fa...

    A ripoff of Brave New World, only with more racism, heteronormativity, and rape. Seriously, all the drugged dull masses are tan-skinned, slant- eyed communists, and the ~truly alive aware hero of this story and his first love interest are unusual for having white features (pale skin an...

    DISTURBING! The whole plot and the themes of this book are frightening; basically it's about people going through the motions of living without really living, people being stupefied and controlled by the very system they created.Ira Levin, the author who brought us the horror of Ros...

    I tell people I don't like dystopias, then I go and read them again and again. What can I say? There are a lot of good ones--including this one, even if it's not a great one. Atwood of A Handmaid's Tale is the strongest living prose stylist I've read. Ayn Rand's Anthem (don't sneer) is...

    I first read This Perfect Day in 1970 after it was recommended to me by my good friends Janice and Betty. It is an anti-conformist story about a future where society and all individuals in it are controlled by Uni, a vast computer. Uni controlls everything including the weather, what j...

    Although this book has been compared to Brave New World et cetera...It is first and foremost a thoughtful and engaging thriller laced with humour. While I was reading this at the tender age of fourteen, I couldn't help but visualize the scenes so clearly...Ira Levin taught me the impor...

  • Clark Hallman
    Sep 05, 2012

    I am not the type of person who rereads books. In fact, I never reread books. Except this one. I pick it up every couple of years. This is A Brave New World but so much better. So much realer. Unfortunately, it is now out of print. But maybe with the author's recent passing, they will ...

    Completed way back in June, 1969, Ira Levin's novel THIS PERFECT DAY introduces a futuristic colony with a computer at the helm where everyone is programmed to be cold and lifeless, and everyone, as a member of the "family" is monitored throughout the day. "Even the basic facts of natu...

    I'm kind of sorry to give this book two stars, because it is a very good story and in it's own way a good addition to the dystopian genre. I've read two other Ira Levin books before this one; 'A Kiss Before Dying' and 'Rosemary's Baby' and enjoyed both of those, and I will go on and re...

    This 1971 novel presents an early imaginative vision of a computer controlled dystopian society masquerading as a utopia. It?s more in the tradition of Brave New World than 1984 in that thought control is not by propaganda but by all intrusive counselors and drugs. The Soma in this t...

    This is the March book for the Pittsburgh Dystopian Science Fiction Club. Before I get to anything else, I'm going to address the problematic gender dynamics in this book. I think one of the things that has often turned me off to science fiction in the past has been the dude factor, wh...

    Christ, Marx, Wood and Wei Led us to this perfect day Marx, Wood, Wei and Christ All but Marx were sacrificed Wood, Wei, Christ and Marx Gave us lovely schools and parks Wei, Christ, Marx and Wood Made us humble, made us good.- dystopian future world child's bouncing song ...

    I'm not writing this review for anyone other than my nerd friends that check my Goodreads page, so don't be surprised by my lack of literary genius... I'll only spoil the one thing that should be spoiled- and it's the same one thing that everyone references. The main character (Chip...

    I think it is impossible to review this book and not mention 1984, Brave New World, We and Kallocain. Levin's book fares well in this company as I think this is one of his best. One mighty family A single perfect breed Free of all selfishness Aggressiveness and greed Each mem...

    "You are only partly alive. We can help you more than you can imagine." I had never heard of this book before it was selected for an SFF Audio Readalong discussion, and I think I liked it more after we talked about it for an hour or so. There is a lot to think about here. The no...

    Una distopía clásica con toques de sus antecesoras 1984 o Un mundo feliz. La he leído en dos sentadas porque me ha resultado muy amena pero hay algunas cosas que para mi gusto restan, la principal la motivación del protagonista. Pese a esas cosas, lo bueno gana y se lleva 4 estrell...

    *sigh* I love this book. I recommend this book to people when they ask me for a sci-fi suggestion & I'm assuming they've read the ABC's (that's Asimov, Bradbury, and Clarke) and perhaps haven't been introduced to Levin. This is oft-compared to "1984" and "Brave New World" -- and I ...

    This is one of my absolute favorite books of all time. Do yourself and favor and read it if you haven't before. I pick it up and reread it every couple of years, and I think I always notice something new in the story....but that may just be because my view on life changes over the year...

    I?ll admit right up front that I?m not a fan of dystopian fiction. However, I am a fan of Ira Levin (both his novels and his plays). ?This Perfect Day? was published in 1970 ? after his play ?Dr Cook?s Garden? (1967) and before his novels ?The Stepford Wives? (19...

    I'm surprised at the low rating many have given this classic. What makes This Perfect Day a must read is not just a well-crafted, twisting plot and setting, but the depth of the main character. The author reveals him to us gradually -- as the character becomes less drugged/more cog...

    The only other book to have scared me this much is 1984. I want to both stop reading immediately and continue reading to the end, even if it takes me all night. ...

    This is a cult classic (1970?s) apparently out of print for a long time. I first read about this novel in a recent magazine praising the fact it was now available in the e format. I looked a little further and found this novel universally praised to the highest degree. So high, in fa...

    A ripoff of Brave New World, only with more racism, heteronormativity, and rape. Seriously, all the drugged dull masses are tan-skinned, slant- eyed communists, and the ~truly alive aware hero of this story and his first love interest are unusual for having white features (pale skin an...

    DISTURBING! The whole plot and the themes of this book are frightening; basically it's about people going through the motions of living without really living, people being stupefied and controlled by the very system they created.Ira Levin, the author who brought us the horror of Ros...

    I tell people I don't like dystopias, then I go and read them again and again. What can I say? There are a lot of good ones--including this one, even if it's not a great one. Atwood of A Handmaid's Tale is the strongest living prose stylist I've read. Ayn Rand's Anthem (don't sneer) is...

    I first read This Perfect Day in 1970 after it was recommended to me by my good friends Janice and Betty. It is an anti-conformist story about a future where society and all individuals in it are controlled by Uni, a vast computer. Uni controlls everything including the weather, what j...

  • Roviragrao
    Mar 21, 2017

    I am not the type of person who rereads books. In fact, I never reread books. Except this one. I pick it up every couple of years. This is A Brave New World but so much better. So much realer. Unfortunately, it is now out of print. But maybe with the author's recent passing, they will ...

    Completed way back in June, 1969, Ira Levin's novel THIS PERFECT DAY introduces a futuristic colony with a computer at the helm where everyone is programmed to be cold and lifeless, and everyone, as a member of the "family" is monitored throughout the day. "Even the basic facts of natu...

    I'm kind of sorry to give this book two stars, because it is a very good story and in it's own way a good addition to the dystopian genre. I've read two other Ira Levin books before this one; 'A Kiss Before Dying' and 'Rosemary's Baby' and enjoyed both of those, and I will go on and re...

    This 1971 novel presents an early imaginative vision of a computer controlled dystopian society masquerading as a utopia. It?s more in the tradition of Brave New World than 1984 in that thought control is not by propaganda but by all intrusive counselors and drugs. The Soma in this t...

    This is the March book for the Pittsburgh Dystopian Science Fiction Club. Before I get to anything else, I'm going to address the problematic gender dynamics in this book. I think one of the things that has often turned me off to science fiction in the past has been the dude factor, wh...

    Christ, Marx, Wood and Wei Led us to this perfect day Marx, Wood, Wei and Christ All but Marx were sacrificed Wood, Wei, Christ and Marx Gave us lovely schools and parks Wei, Christ, Marx and Wood Made us humble, made us good.- dystopian future world child's bouncing song ...

    I'm not writing this review for anyone other than my nerd friends that check my Goodreads page, so don't be surprised by my lack of literary genius... I'll only spoil the one thing that should be spoiled- and it's the same one thing that everyone references. The main character (Chip...

    I think it is impossible to review this book and not mention 1984, Brave New World, We and Kallocain. Levin's book fares well in this company as I think this is one of his best. One mighty family A single perfect breed Free of all selfishness Aggressiveness and greed Each mem...

    "You are only partly alive. We can help you more than you can imagine." I had never heard of this book before it was selected for an SFF Audio Readalong discussion, and I think I liked it more after we talked about it for an hour or so. There is a lot to think about here. The no...

    Una distopía clásica con toques de sus antecesoras 1984 o Un mundo feliz. La he leído en dos sentadas porque me ha resultado muy amena pero hay algunas cosas que para mi gusto restan, la principal la motivación del protagonista. Pese a esas cosas, lo bueno gana y se lleva 4 estrell...

  • C
    Apr 19, 2015

    I am not the type of person who rereads books. In fact, I never reread books. Except this one. I pick it up every couple of years. This is A Brave New World but so much better. So much realer. Unfortunately, it is now out of print. But maybe with the author's recent passing, they will ...

    Completed way back in June, 1969, Ira Levin's novel THIS PERFECT DAY introduces a futuristic colony with a computer at the helm where everyone is programmed to be cold and lifeless, and everyone, as a member of the "family" is monitored throughout the day. "Even the basic facts of natu...

    I'm kind of sorry to give this book two stars, because it is a very good story and in it's own way a good addition to the dystopian genre. I've read two other Ira Levin books before this one; 'A Kiss Before Dying' and 'Rosemary's Baby' and enjoyed both of those, and I will go on and re...

    This 1971 novel presents an early imaginative vision of a computer controlled dystopian society masquerading as a utopia. It?s more in the tradition of Brave New World than 1984 in that thought control is not by propaganda but by all intrusive counselors and drugs. The Soma in this t...

    This is the March book for the Pittsburgh Dystopian Science Fiction Club. Before I get to anything else, I'm going to address the problematic gender dynamics in this book. I think one of the things that has often turned me off to science fiction in the past has been the dude factor, wh...

    Christ, Marx, Wood and Wei Led us to this perfect day Marx, Wood, Wei and Christ All but Marx were sacrificed Wood, Wei, Christ and Marx Gave us lovely schools and parks Wei, Christ, Marx and Wood Made us humble, made us good.- dystopian future world child's bouncing song ...

    I'm not writing this review for anyone other than my nerd friends that check my Goodreads page, so don't be surprised by my lack of literary genius... I'll only spoil the one thing that should be spoiled- and it's the same one thing that everyone references. The main character (Chip...

    I think it is impossible to review this book and not mention 1984, Brave New World, We and Kallocain. Levin's book fares well in this company as I think this is one of his best. One mighty family A single perfect breed Free of all selfishness Aggressiveness and greed Each mem...

    "You are only partly alive. We can help you more than you can imagine." I had never heard of this book before it was selected for an SFF Audio Readalong discussion, and I think I liked it more after we talked about it for an hour or so. There is a lot to think about here. The no...

    Una distopía clásica con toques de sus antecesoras 1984 o Un mundo feliz. La he leído en dos sentadas porque me ha resultado muy amena pero hay algunas cosas que para mi gusto restan, la principal la motivación del protagonista. Pese a esas cosas, lo bueno gana y se lleva 4 estrell...

    *sigh* I love this book. I recommend this book to people when they ask me for a sci-fi suggestion & I'm assuming they've read the ABC's (that's Asimov, Bradbury, and Clarke) and perhaps haven't been introduced to Levin. This is oft-compared to "1984" and "Brave New World" -- and I ...

    This is one of my absolute favorite books of all time. Do yourself and favor and read it if you haven't before. I pick it up and reread it every couple of years, and I think I always notice something new in the story....but that may just be because my view on life changes over the year...

    I?ll admit right up front that I?m not a fan of dystopian fiction. However, I am a fan of Ira Levin (both his novels and his plays). ?This Perfect Day? was published in 1970 ? after his play ?Dr Cook?s Garden? (1967) and before his novels ?The Stepford Wives? (19...

    I'm surprised at the low rating many have given this classic. What makes This Perfect Day a must read is not just a well-crafted, twisting plot and setting, but the depth of the main character. The author reveals him to us gradually -- as the character becomes less drugged/more cog...

    The only other book to have scared me this much is 1984. I want to both stop reading immediately and continue reading to the end, even if it takes me all night. ...

    This is a cult classic (1970?s) apparently out of print for a long time. I first read about this novel in a recent magazine praising the fact it was now available in the e format. I looked a little further and found this novel universally praised to the highest degree. So high, in fa...

    A ripoff of Brave New World, only with more racism, heteronormativity, and rape. Seriously, all the drugged dull masses are tan-skinned, slant- eyed communists, and the ~truly alive aware hero of this story and his first love interest are unusual for having white features (pale skin an...

  • Papaphilly
    Sep 12, 2015

    I am not the type of person who rereads books. In fact, I never reread books. Except this one. I pick it up every couple of years. This is A Brave New World but so much better. So much realer. Unfortunately, it is now out of print. But maybe with the author's recent passing, they will ...

    Completed way back in June, 1969, Ira Levin's novel THIS PERFECT DAY introduces a futuristic colony with a computer at the helm where everyone is programmed to be cold and lifeless, and everyone, as a member of the "family" is monitored throughout the day. "Even the basic facts of natu...

    I'm kind of sorry to give this book two stars, because it is a very good story and in it's own way a good addition to the dystopian genre. I've read two other Ira Levin books before this one; 'A Kiss Before Dying' and 'Rosemary's Baby' and enjoyed both of those, and I will go on and re...

    This 1971 novel presents an early imaginative vision of a computer controlled dystopian society masquerading as a utopia. It?s more in the tradition of Brave New World than 1984 in that thought control is not by propaganda but by all intrusive counselors and drugs. The Soma in this t...

    This is the March book for the Pittsburgh Dystopian Science Fiction Club. Before I get to anything else, I'm going to address the problematic gender dynamics in this book. I think one of the things that has often turned me off to science fiction in the past has been the dude factor, wh...

    Christ, Marx, Wood and Wei Led us to this perfect day Marx, Wood, Wei and Christ All but Marx were sacrificed Wood, Wei, Christ and Marx Gave us lovely schools and parks Wei, Christ, Marx and Wood Made us humble, made us good.- dystopian future world child's bouncing song ...

    I'm not writing this review for anyone other than my nerd friends that check my Goodreads page, so don't be surprised by my lack of literary genius... I'll only spoil the one thing that should be spoiled- and it's the same one thing that everyone references. The main character (Chip...

    I think it is impossible to review this book and not mention 1984, Brave New World, We and Kallocain. Levin's book fares well in this company as I think this is one of his best. One mighty family A single perfect breed Free of all selfishness Aggressiveness and greed Each mem...

    "You are only partly alive. We can help you more than you can imagine." I had never heard of this book before it was selected for an SFF Audio Readalong discussion, and I think I liked it more after we talked about it for an hour or so. There is a lot to think about here. The no...

    Una distopía clásica con toques de sus antecesoras 1984 o Un mundo feliz. La he leído en dos sentadas porque me ha resultado muy amena pero hay algunas cosas que para mi gusto restan, la principal la motivación del protagonista. Pese a esas cosas, lo bueno gana y se lleva 4 estrell...

    *sigh* I love this book. I recommend this book to people when they ask me for a sci-fi suggestion & I'm assuming they've read the ABC's (that's Asimov, Bradbury, and Clarke) and perhaps haven't been introduced to Levin. This is oft-compared to "1984" and "Brave New World" -- and I ...

    This is one of my absolute favorite books of all time. Do yourself and favor and read it if you haven't before. I pick it up and reread it every couple of years, and I think I always notice something new in the story....but that may just be because my view on life changes over the year...

    I?ll admit right up front that I?m not a fan of dystopian fiction. However, I am a fan of Ira Levin (both his novels and his plays). ?This Perfect Day? was published in 1970 ? after his play ?Dr Cook?s Garden? (1967) and before his novels ?The Stepford Wives? (19...

    I'm surprised at the low rating many have given this classic. What makes This Perfect Day a must read is not just a well-crafted, twisting plot and setting, but the depth of the main character. The author reveals him to us gradually -- as the character becomes less drugged/more cog...

    The only other book to have scared me this much is 1984. I want to both stop reading immediately and continue reading to the end, even if it takes me all night. ...

    This is a cult classic (1970?s) apparently out of print for a long time. I first read about this novel in a recent magazine praising the fact it was now available in the e format. I looked a little further and found this novel universally praised to the highest degree. So high, in fa...

    A ripoff of Brave New World, only with more racism, heteronormativity, and rape. Seriously, all the drugged dull masses are tan-skinned, slant- eyed communists, and the ~truly alive aware hero of this story and his first love interest are unusual for having white features (pale skin an...

    DISTURBING! The whole plot and the themes of this book are frightening; basically it's about people going through the motions of living without really living, people being stupefied and controlled by the very system they created.Ira Levin, the author who brought us the horror of Ros...

    I tell people I don't like dystopias, then I go and read them again and again. What can I say? There are a lot of good ones--including this one, even if it's not a great one. Atwood of A Handmaid's Tale is the strongest living prose stylist I've read. Ayn Rand's Anthem (don't sneer) is...

    I first read This Perfect Day in 1970 after it was recommended to me by my good friends Janice and Betty. It is an anti-conformist story about a future where society and all individuals in it are controlled by Uni, a vast computer. Uni controlls everything including the weather, what j...

    Although this book has been compared to Brave New World et cetera...It is first and foremost a thoughtful and engaging thriller laced with humour. While I was reading this at the tender age of fourteen, I couldn't help but visualize the scenes so clearly...Ira Levin taught me the impor...

    What makes This Perfect Day a must read is the depth of the main character. The author reveals him to us gradually -- as the character becomes less drugged/more cogent, we know and care about him even more. The scanners and bracelets remind me of the RFID cards and readers we have toda...

    This novel by Ira Levin is about a utopian society where treatments help maintain a stable society, but at what cost? Protagonist Li (or Chip as he prefers to be known) is uncertain about the sameness, and eventually joins a counterculture trying to change things. Good characters, good...

    Centuries in the future, the people of Earth live under the control of an artificial intelligence called UniComp. A century and a half earlier, the computers governing the five continents had come together in the Unification. The result was a worldwide society free of war, hunger, crim...

    3 1/2 Stars This character-driven dystopia had very good character development and a rather frightening view of a possible future for all of mankind. In the minds of the developers of the society, this was Utopia. In the minds of not such a small group of people in today's world, th...

    An excellent read. A deceptively simple writing style belies a very complex book with deep social commentary. The question is simple. What happens when a computer runs the world and keeps the citizenry asleep and suddenly you wake up? Social commentary on over medication, individuality...

  • Thomas Strömquist
    Jan 04, 2015

    I am not the type of person who rereads books. In fact, I never reread books. Except this one. I pick it up every couple of years. This is A Brave New World but so much better. So much realer. Unfortunately, it is now out of print. But maybe with the author's recent passing, they will ...

    Completed way back in June, 1969, Ira Levin's novel THIS PERFECT DAY introduces a futuristic colony with a computer at the helm where everyone is programmed to be cold and lifeless, and everyone, as a member of the "family" is monitored throughout the day. "Even the basic facts of natu...

    I'm kind of sorry to give this book two stars, because it is a very good story and in it's own way a good addition to the dystopian genre. I've read two other Ira Levin books before this one; 'A Kiss Before Dying' and 'Rosemary's Baby' and enjoyed both of those, and I will go on and re...

    This 1971 novel presents an early imaginative vision of a computer controlled dystopian society masquerading as a utopia. It?s more in the tradition of Brave New World than 1984 in that thought control is not by propaganda but by all intrusive counselors and drugs. The Soma in this t...

    This is the March book for the Pittsburgh Dystopian Science Fiction Club. Before I get to anything else, I'm going to address the problematic gender dynamics in this book. I think one of the things that has often turned me off to science fiction in the past has been the dude factor, wh...

    Christ, Marx, Wood and Wei Led us to this perfect day Marx, Wood, Wei and Christ All but Marx were sacrificed Wood, Wei, Christ and Marx Gave us lovely schools and parks Wei, Christ, Marx and Wood Made us humble, made us good.- dystopian future world child's bouncing song ...

    I'm not writing this review for anyone other than my nerd friends that check my Goodreads page, so don't be surprised by my lack of literary genius... I'll only spoil the one thing that should be spoiled- and it's the same one thing that everyone references. The main character (Chip...

    I think it is impossible to review this book and not mention 1984, Brave New World, We and Kallocain. Levin's book fares well in this company as I think this is one of his best. One mighty family A single perfect breed Free of all selfishness Aggressiveness and greed Each mem...

  • Rebecca McNutt
    Apr 15, 2015

    I am not the type of person who rereads books. In fact, I never reread books. Except this one. I pick it up every couple of years. This is A Brave New World but so much better. So much realer. Unfortunately, it is now out of print. But maybe with the author's recent passing, they will ...

    Completed way back in June, 1969, Ira Levin's novel THIS PERFECT DAY introduces a futuristic colony with a computer at the helm where everyone is programmed to be cold and lifeless, and everyone, as a member of the "family" is monitored throughout the day. "Even the basic facts of natu...

    I'm kind of sorry to give this book two stars, because it is a very good story and in it's own way a good addition to the dystopian genre. I've read two other Ira Levin books before this one; 'A Kiss Before Dying' and 'Rosemary's Baby' and enjoyed both of those, and I will go on and re...

    This 1971 novel presents an early imaginative vision of a computer controlled dystopian society masquerading as a utopia. It?s more in the tradition of Brave New World than 1984 in that thought control is not by propaganda but by all intrusive counselors and drugs. The Soma in this t...

    This is the March book for the Pittsburgh Dystopian Science Fiction Club. Before I get to anything else, I'm going to address the problematic gender dynamics in this book. I think one of the things that has often turned me off to science fiction in the past has been the dude factor, wh...

    Christ, Marx, Wood and Wei Led us to this perfect day Marx, Wood, Wei and Christ All but Marx were sacrificed Wood, Wei, Christ and Marx Gave us lovely schools and parks Wei, Christ, Marx and Wood Made us humble, made us good.- dystopian future world child's bouncing song ...

    I'm not writing this review for anyone other than my nerd friends that check my Goodreads page, so don't be surprised by my lack of literary genius... I'll only spoil the one thing that should be spoiled- and it's the same one thing that everyone references. The main character (Chip...

    I think it is impossible to review this book and not mention 1984, Brave New World, We and Kallocain. Levin's book fares well in this company as I think this is one of his best. One mighty family A single perfect breed Free of all selfishness Aggressiveness and greed Each mem...

    "You are only partly alive. We can help you more than you can imagine." I had never heard of this book before it was selected for an SFF Audio Readalong discussion, and I think I liked it more after we talked about it for an hour or so. There is a lot to think about here. The no...

    Una distopía clásica con toques de sus antecesoras 1984 o Un mundo feliz. La he leído en dos sentadas porque me ha resultado muy amena pero hay algunas cosas que para mi gusto restan, la principal la motivación del protagonista. Pese a esas cosas, lo bueno gana y se lleva 4 estrell...

    *sigh* I love this book. I recommend this book to people when they ask me for a sci-fi suggestion & I'm assuming they've read the ABC's (that's Asimov, Bradbury, and Clarke) and perhaps haven't been introduced to Levin. This is oft-compared to "1984" and "Brave New World" -- and I ...

    This is one of my absolute favorite books of all time. Do yourself and favor and read it if you haven't before. I pick it up and reread it every couple of years, and I think I always notice something new in the story....but that may just be because my view on life changes over the year...

    I?ll admit right up front that I?m not a fan of dystopian fiction. However, I am a fan of Ira Levin (both his novels and his plays). ?This Perfect Day? was published in 1970 ? after his play ?Dr Cook?s Garden? (1967) and before his novels ?The Stepford Wives? (19...

    I'm surprised at the low rating many have given this classic. What makes This Perfect Day a must read is not just a well-crafted, twisting plot and setting, but the depth of the main character. The author reveals him to us gradually -- as the character becomes less drugged/more cog...

    The only other book to have scared me this much is 1984. I want to both stop reading immediately and continue reading to the end, even if it takes me all night. ...

    This is a cult classic (1970?s) apparently out of print for a long time. I first read about this novel in a recent magazine praising the fact it was now available in the e format. I looked a little further and found this novel universally praised to the highest degree. So high, in fa...

    A ripoff of Brave New World, only with more racism, heteronormativity, and rape. Seriously, all the drugged dull masses are tan-skinned, slant- eyed communists, and the ~truly alive aware hero of this story and his first love interest are unusual for having white features (pale skin an...

    DISTURBING! The whole plot and the themes of this book are frightening; basically it's about people going through the motions of living without really living, people being stupefied and controlled by the very system they created.Ira Levin, the author who brought us the horror of Ros...

  • Rose
    Mar 05, 2018

    I am not the type of person who rereads books. In fact, I never reread books. Except this one. I pick it up every couple of years. This is A Brave New World but so much better. So much realer. Unfortunately, it is now out of print. But maybe with the author's recent passing, they will ...

    Completed way back in June, 1969, Ira Levin's novel THIS PERFECT DAY introduces a futuristic colony with a computer at the helm where everyone is programmed to be cold and lifeless, and everyone, as a member of the "family" is monitored throughout the day. "Even the basic facts of natu...

    I'm kind of sorry to give this book two stars, because it is a very good story and in it's own way a good addition to the dystopian genre. I've read two other Ira Levin books before this one; 'A Kiss Before Dying' and 'Rosemary's Baby' and enjoyed both of those, and I will go on and re...

    This 1971 novel presents an early imaginative vision of a computer controlled dystopian society masquerading as a utopia. It?s more in the tradition of Brave New World than 1984 in that thought control is not by propaganda but by all intrusive counselors and drugs. The Soma in this t...

    This is the March book for the Pittsburgh Dystopian Science Fiction Club. Before I get to anything else, I'm going to address the problematic gender dynamics in this book. I think one of the things that has often turned me off to science fiction in the past has been the dude factor, wh...

    Christ, Marx, Wood and Wei Led us to this perfect day Marx, Wood, Wei and Christ All but Marx were sacrificed Wood, Wei, Christ and Marx Gave us lovely schools and parks Wei, Christ, Marx and Wood Made us humble, made us good.- dystopian future world child's bouncing song ...

    I'm not writing this review for anyone other than my nerd friends that check my Goodreads page, so don't be surprised by my lack of literary genius... I'll only spoil the one thing that should be spoiled- and it's the same one thing that everyone references. The main character (Chip...

    I think it is impossible to review this book and not mention 1984, Brave New World, We and Kallocain. Levin's book fares well in this company as I think this is one of his best. One mighty family A single perfect breed Free of all selfishness Aggressiveness and greed Each mem...

    "You are only partly alive. We can help you more than you can imagine." I had never heard of this book before it was selected for an SFF Audio Readalong discussion, and I think I liked it more after we talked about it for an hour or so. There is a lot to think about here. The no...

    Una distopía clásica con toques de sus antecesoras 1984 o Un mundo feliz. La he leído en dos sentadas porque me ha resultado muy amena pero hay algunas cosas que para mi gusto restan, la principal la motivación del protagonista. Pese a esas cosas, lo bueno gana y se lleva 4 estrell...

    *sigh* I love this book. I recommend this book to people when they ask me for a sci-fi suggestion & I'm assuming they've read the ABC's (that's Asimov, Bradbury, and Clarke) and perhaps haven't been introduced to Levin. This is oft-compared to "1984" and "Brave New World" -- and I ...

    This is one of my absolute favorite books of all time. Do yourself and favor and read it if you haven't before. I pick it up and reread it every couple of years, and I think I always notice something new in the story....but that may just be because my view on life changes over the year...

    I?ll admit right up front that I?m not a fan of dystopian fiction. However, I am a fan of Ira Levin (both his novels and his plays). ?This Perfect Day? was published in 1970 ? after his play ?Dr Cook?s Garden? (1967) and before his novels ?The Stepford Wives? (19...

    I'm surprised at the low rating many have given this classic. What makes This Perfect Day a must read is not just a well-crafted, twisting plot and setting, but the depth of the main character. The author reveals him to us gradually -- as the character becomes less drugged/more cog...

    The only other book to have scared me this much is 1984. I want to both stop reading immediately and continue reading to the end, even if it takes me all night. ...

    This is a cult classic (1970?s) apparently out of print for a long time. I first read about this novel in a recent magazine praising the fact it was now available in the e format. I looked a little further and found this novel universally praised to the highest degree. So high, in fa...

    A ripoff of Brave New World, only with more racism, heteronormativity, and rape. Seriously, all the drugged dull masses are tan-skinned, slant- eyed communists, and the ~truly alive aware hero of this story and his first love interest are unusual for having white features (pale skin an...

    DISTURBING! The whole plot and the themes of this book are frightening; basically it's about people going through the motions of living without really living, people being stupefied and controlled by the very system they created.Ira Levin, the author who brought us the horror of Ros...

    I tell people I don't like dystopias, then I go and read them again and again. What can I say? There are a lot of good ones--including this one, even if it's not a great one. Atwood of A Handmaid's Tale is the strongest living prose stylist I've read. Ayn Rand's Anthem (don't sneer) is...

    I first read This Perfect Day in 1970 after it was recommended to me by my good friends Janice and Betty. It is an anti-conformist story about a future where society and all individuals in it are controlled by Uni, a vast computer. Uni controlls everything including the weather, what j...

    Although this book has been compared to Brave New World et cetera...It is first and foremost a thoughtful and engaging thriller laced with humour. While I was reading this at the tender age of fourteen, I couldn't help but visualize the scenes so clearly...Ira Levin taught me the impor...

    What makes This Perfect Day a must read is the depth of the main character. The author reveals him to us gradually -- as the character becomes less drugged/more cogent, we know and care about him even more. The scanners and bracelets remind me of the RFID cards and readers we have toda...

    This novel by Ira Levin is about a utopian society where treatments help maintain a stable society, but at what cost? Protagonist Li (or Chip as he prefers to be known) is uncertain about the sameness, and eventually joins a counterculture trying to change things. Good characters, good...

    Centuries in the future, the people of Earth live under the control of an artificial intelligence called UniComp. A century and a half earlier, the computers governing the five continents had come together in the Unification. The result was a worldwide society free of war, hunger, crim...

    3 1/2 Stars This character-driven dystopia had very good character development and a rather frightening view of a possible future for all of mankind. In the minds of the developers of the society, this was Utopia. In the minds of not such a small group of people in today's world, th...

    An excellent read. A deceptively simple writing style belies a very complex book with deep social commentary. The question is simple. What happens when a computer runs the world and keeps the citizenry asleep and suddenly you wake up? Social commentary on over medication, individuality...

    Dystopian novels are all the rage these days, so I figured I?d give this one another look? This Perfect Day is Levin?s third novel, following the exquisitely structured and perfectly paced A Kiss Before Dying and the similarly fantastic Rosemary?s Baby. TPD is a longer narr...

    I listened to this with my husband on a long car journey. We enjoyed it! It was fast-paced and engaging and thought provoking, but I had some ISSUES with it. *spoiler warning for those who care* The theme of a perfect utopia which turns out to be a sinister dystopia, where peopl...

    This book illustrates an inevitable future, a Hitler-like vision where the population's behaviour is manipulated and controlled by drugs, conditioning and religious acceptance. Li (Chip) doesn't quite fit in, with his one green eye and a grandparent who shows him the inner workings of ...

    This is the book that happened when Brave New World and The Giver had a baby, and the baby grew up into a horny teenager. Some interesting ideas, but I don't really care what happens. ...