In this 1970's book, the author explores a society in the near future which totally controls and represses all members. Difference between members is negated to the point that all members of the society are considered alike - actually genetic manipulation has taken place to make everyone of equal height, skin color, etc.
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Even worse is the mind control which extends to every portion of life - and is augmented by chemical infusions. There are only four names for girls and four names forboys. A frequent theme for the youth is winning and losing are t he same- it is the game. The only heroes of this world are Christ, Marx, Wood and Wei
Gradually, the protaginist, Li (or Chip - his forbidden name given by his grandfat her) - begins to seek a way out of this stifling atmosphere.
His trials and tribulations - backsliding to the safe norm - and eventual fate make for one of the most exhilirating but depressing books I have ever read - given that it was written in1970, it is amazing how much of the total control can be seen to be something that could actually happen.
The review of this Book prepared by Laddi