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Martine returns from self-imposed exile after the end of a World War to find that his cynical and satirical musings about society in his diary have been used as a blueprint for the rebuilt society.
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Disarmament has been taken literally with men volunteering to have one or more limbs amputated.
This movement has split into two factions: one which remains helpless - paraded in baby carridges by their wives or mothers; another that replaces me missing limbs with more powerful artificial limbs.
Martime finds himself the hero and founder of a society he finds despicable, and one which is restarting the Cold war that led up to the last one, with each side trying to use him for its own ends.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   cynical or dry-wit FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Repressive society story    -   Yes Repressive because:    -   strict rationing of freedoms/goods Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's a slave/repressed?    -   men are slaves

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   doctor Age:    -   40's-50's


Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to torture scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a lot of techical jargon Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   use of artificial tools How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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