This Perfect Day Author:Ira Levin With the same riveting directness that made witchcraft-in-Manhattan a terrifying reality for the millions of readers of "Rosemary's Baby", Ira Levin has now evoked an entire world-its customs and costumes, its forbidden words, its pastimes, its songs, its startling secrets. "This Perfect Day" is an extraordinary reading experience, a work of sup... more »erb imagination and irresistible storytelling skill.
The time of the novel is a century and a half after the unification of the nations, and its hero-not its anti-hero but its hero-is a young man called Chip, who fights a desperate battle for freedom in a world benumbed by chemistry and computerization. Chip's grandfather, Papa Jan, first wakens him to a sense of his dormant individuality, and later other people crucially affect Chip's life: a gifted young artist named Karl; an unusual girl called Lilac; King, the leader of a group of renegades; Julia, a woman whose own urge toward freedom is inextinguishable. The action of the novel spans years and continents. In its course the reader shares Chip's triumphs and failures, and stands beside him as he faces a final electrifying revelation.
"This Perfect Day" is a story of suspense and love and adventure, but it is more than that too, for it is shaped and underlaid by thought-provoking social inquiry. The terrors of "Rosemary's Baby" were the terrors out of mankind's past; the terrors of "This Perfect Day" are the terrors that all too possibly may wait in mankind's future.« less