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Subject: Anyone know this book?
Date Posted: 4/18/2009 7:58 PM ET
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A prof once recommended a book to me and, of course, now I forget the name. Anyone help? It is about a utopian society in which everything thrives and is harmonious. But, somewhere in a basement or hidden away somewhere is a single person who suffers, so that the others may enjoy their lives. Essentially a philosophical/ethical exploration of the human condition in the modern world of cheap outsourced labor, slave labor, third world countries, etc. Any help? Thanks.
Date Posted: 4/19/2009 11:03 AM ET
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I just read about this one at abebooks.com either in booksleuth or discussions.  I can't remember which.  I went to try and find the thread with no luck.  Maybe you can give it a try over there.  It's an older post.  They were discussing whether an uprising and refusal to send the suffer would make a change -if that'll help your search any.

 

Date Posted: 4/19/2009 5:13 PM ET
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Thanks, I'll check it out.
Date Posted: 4/20/2009 6:03 PM ET
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It's a short story by Ursula Le Guin called "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas".

Date Posted: 4/21/2009 7:56 AM ET
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That's right. Thanks a lot Cyndi.
Date Posted: 4/21/2009 9:35 AM ET
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Found it at www-rohan.sdsu.edu/faculty/dunnweb/rprnts.omelas.pdf. Really nice.
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Date Posted: 4/21/2009 1:28 PM ET
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Awesome story.  I read it in a writing class in college.

(Are you my evil twin? :-p)

Date Posted: 4/21/2009 9:06 PM ET
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thanks for the link!  I did want  to read it after I read the discussion on it over at abebooks