- Hardcover: 322 pages
- Publisher: Belknap Press (Jan. 1 1967)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0674539001
- ISBN-13: 978-0674539006
- Shipping Weight: 499 g
- Average Customer Review: (43 customer reviews)
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First published in 1888, Looking Backward was one of the most popular novels of its day. Translated into more than 20 languages, its utopian fantasy influenced such thinkers as John Dewey, Thorstein Veblen, Eugene V. Debs, and Norman Thomas. Writing from a 19th century perspective and poignantly critical of his own time, Bellamy advanced a remarkable vision of the future, including such daring predictions as the existence of radio, television, motion pictures, credit cards, and covered pedestrian malls.
On the surface, the novel is the story of time-traveler Julian West, a young Bostonian who is put into a hypnotic sleep in the late 19th century, and awakens in the year 2000 in a socialist utopia. In conversations with the doctor who awakened him, he discovers a brilliantly realized vision of an ideal future, one that seemed unthinkable in his own century. Crime, war, personal animosity, and want are nonexistent. Equality of the sexes is a fact of life. In short, a messianic state of brotherly love is in effect.
Entertaining, stimulating, and thought-provoking, Looking Backward, with its ingenious plot and appealing socialism, is a provocative study of human society as it is and as it might be.
While it is always enjoyable to view humanity from a different perspective, whether through dystopic novels or texts that deal with philosophy or theoretical physics, this book... Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2011 by Ronald W. Maron
The author Edward Bellamy was the cousin of Francis Bellamy the author of the Pledge of Allegiance, which expresses the ideas Edward Bellamy's socialist utopian novels. Read morePublished on April 12 2007 by Institute for Journalism
Like most Utopias, Edward Bellamy illustrates his ideal society through a light narrative designed to both deliver his point and entertain the reader; in this case, the narrative... Read morePublished on April 29 2004 by "yourwordsdotca"
The author Edward Bellamy was the cousin of Francis Bellamy the author of the Pledge of Allegiance, which expresses the ideas Edward Bellamy's socialist utopian novels. Read morePublished on April 20 2004 by Rex Curry
Having been forced to read "Looking Backward" by Edward Bellamy, for a American History class, I can safely say that there are some parts that are interesting, but most... Read morePublished on March 24 2004 by David R Good
The problem I have with this book is the problem I have with most "theory through fiction" books, specifically that it isn't very well written and just comes across as... Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2004
Edward Bellamy's "Looking Backward" is about a man who sleeps from 1887 until the year 2000. The United States has become one giant socialist monopoly (excuse the redundancy). Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2004 by Rex Curry
I grew up on science fiction, and many years ago read this book and was utterly unimpressed. Over the years, at SF conventions, I would ask other fans if they had read this book. Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2003 by W Boudville