Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

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The prophetic debut novel from the visionary author fo LITTLE BROTHER, now published for the first time in the UK. Jules is a young man barely a century old. He's lived long enough to see the cure for death and the end of scarcity, to learn ten languages and compose three symphonies ... and to realize his boyhood dream of taking up residence in Disney World. Disney World! The greatest artistic achievement of the long-ago twentieth century. Now overseen by a network of 'ad hocs' who keep the classic ...

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kfunque

Apr 19, 2007

quick read, worth your time

Taking place in a future where death and poverty have been eliminated, Doctorow explores a society where other instincts take precedent over those for survival. The narrator is at times an untrustworthy and almost unlikable character, which makes for some interesting plot points.
I read this book in the course of two days, as it moved quickly and is short as well (barely 200 pages with a large typeface). It wasn't revolutionary or mind blowing, and the characters perhaps weren't strong enough that they'll still be vivid in my memory years from now, but the time I spent reading it certainly was not wasted.

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