A review of the book a very private life by michael frayn

Emotions must be drug-induced to be acceptable, babies are made at the factory when you provide the ingredients, and dark glasses are the only item of clothing because they help keep your feelings to yourself.

After a chance encounter with a man who has accessed the communication system by mistake and does not speak her language she decides that she wants to be with him. Even their holidays are taken in this way; they never go out of their houses into the real world.

A Very Private Life

The idea of a building in which you could find all your shopping did not surprise them, for they believed England a land of marvels. The novel is set a fair way into Originally published on my blog here in August How little Frayn approves of these aspects of modern life is shown by one particular incident.

There is only a hint of why the outside has become such an undesirable place to be. Despite the tone in which it is written, A Very Private Life wants to say some fairly serious things about Western culture in the second half of the twentieth century. Clearly outsiders have a lot less than insiders, and there are definitely many more of them, but they are not being herded in trucks or being surveilled by BB types.

The clear targets of A Very Private Life are the ways in which modern Western society cuts each one of us off from true human companionship. The novel is set a fair way into the future, when humanity has split into two classes, Insiders and Outsiders. The story is very simple, Uncumber is about 17 and lives with her family, with whom she has no physical contact.

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I know that I had my child imagination to help me along, but to this day I have such vivid image of the world that he created. Michael Frayn is so well known today as a playwright that it is strange to realise that he was first a journalist and then a novelist.

This is the norm for the wealthy who only have contact when the children are young, even the gestation and birthing process has been got rid of, so physical sex is redundant. Emotions must be drug-induced to be acceptable, babies are made at the factory when you provide the ingredients, and dark glasses are the only item of clothing beca Though it depicts a future dystopia, A Very Private Life is actually less a science fiction novel and more a futurist fairy tale.

Insiders live in sophisticated houses, in which every necessity for life is provided through holovision and drugs - instead of feeling emotions at the whim of nature, when they could distress or embarrass, they take drugs to produce or suppress feelings when their expression is socially desirable.

Highly recommended for lovers of the futuristic genre. And his novels are very different from his plays, often being science fiction and written in a whimsical manner.

He turns out to be a selfish low class polygamist among other things, and her situation get worse from there. In a neat inversion, they wear dark glasses to be considered decent - so that others cannot know what they are thinking.The Paperback of the A Very Private Life (Valancourt 20th Century Classics) by Michael Frayn at Barnes & Noble.

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Read "A Very Private Life" by Michael Frayn with Rakuten Kobo. Uncumber lives in the distant future, in a world sharply divided between. Read "A Very Private Life" by Michael Frayn with Rakuten Kobo. Uncumber lives at a time in the distant future when all humanity is divided in two -.

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I loved this book when I first read it as a tween. I was so glad to find it again. Michael Frayn proved he was a traveler from the future in this one.

One person found this helpful. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for A Very Private Life at mint-body.com Read honest and unbiased product reviews so there is a rather remote aspect to the book, Frayn also distancing the reader by describing much of what Uncumber does in the future tense (thereby creating the feeling for us that in this world everything is.

A Very Private Life has ratings and 19 reviews. Uncumber lives in the distant future, in a world sharply divided between ‘Insiders’ and ‘Outsiders’. /5.

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