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E been the cause of discontent among other women and she has considered having a beta second grade face fitted But this affront to her ego stirs her rebellious spirit and she begins the struggle to reassert the rights of the individua A semi interesting but plodding and sometimes confusing dystopian novel about conformity imposed upon society by a mysterious dictator after the near extinction of the human race after World War III Making it into a short story would have been sufficient and would have made it interesting and palatable by getting rid of the dross It actually picks up a bit in the second half of the book and a surprise ending makes it somewhat gratifyingAs a side note although it was published sixty years ago it is an interesting commentary on today's so called snowflake culture with its safe spaces and everyone is a winner mentality

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Facial Justice

And ashes Individualism is stamped out Privilege which might arouse envy is energetically discouraged Thus it is no surprise to find Jael 97 reporting to the Ministry of Facial Justice Being facially overprivileged her good looks hav This dystopian novel by LP Hartley is surprising and maintains relevance for today's world for instance the growth of social media has led to some people aiming at the same particular look My favourite section of the story was the trip to Ely; this was a highlight and had a suggestion of pagan responses to the surviving Christian symbol I felt that the story and characters needed filling out though the character of Jael is feisty but on the whole I was intrigued

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The dystopian society that emerges after World War Three is based on a collective sense of guilt Citizens of this new world officially labelled 'delinuents' by their Dictator are named after murderers and are obliged to wear sackcloth An interesting dystopian novel based around an idea of everybody being eual nobody looking above their station and attempting to eradicate envy or Bad E Parts of the eradication is by formalising standards of peoples faces mainly women and follows the main character through this world At times brutal and incredibly well written the world is claustrophobic and creepy It was enjoyable to read although seemed to lack something that I can't put my finger on Certainly one for fans of dystopian fiction


10 thoughts on “Facial Justice

  1. says:

    An interesting dystopian novel based around an idea of everybody being eual nobody looking above their station and attempting to eradicate envy or Bad E Parts of the eradication is by formalising standards of peoples faces mainly women and follows the main character through this world At times brutal and incredibly well written the world is claustrophobic and creepy It was enjoyable to read although seemed to lack something that I can't put my finger on Certainly one for fans of dystopian fiction


  2. says:

    As a New Year treat I spent yesterday evening and NYE evening reading again It is still frighteningly prevalent and I hope as the novel ends the West becomes a logical and less emotionally pathetic placeIt's a real shame Hartley is dead I would have loved to be able to tell him just how important this book has become in my lifeCheers all to a happy new reading year I am obsessed with this book I think LP Hartley might well have been a secret genius I'm reading it again Second reading and it's crept into my brain After 1 day of mulling I've decided I actually liked it enough to give it a 4 Might just be the sentimental side of me but it was rather touching Sounds a bit like it could be a really dodgy porno but it's well tameI will be mulling for a while and might even re read it so I'm leaving out a full review but I did uite enjoy the weirdness and also the atmosphere that dystopian novels in the early 21st century seem to share Presently though by God Michael in it when he rarely appeared was hot Jael was actually a well rounded character I liked her The full on Social Justice in this kind of represents the crap that's going on at the moment so it felt pretty damn relevant However it took the apocalypse and a drastically reduced population for them to succumb to moronity XDEly Cathedral however in full and real life certainly gives the immense urge to do an epic dance like the guys in this book did because it's effing stunningIt's worth a go I came across it and a pile of other dystopias from Penguin's The Happy Reader the recent We edition


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    This is the most forthright examination of envy referred to in the book as Bad E or Bad Egg Euality is Good E in all of English literature It takes place in a future inspired if that is the word by the positive mania for euality of Britain's Labor Government in the 1950s Envy in Hartley's dystopia is managed not by punishing the envious but by eliminating anything that might cause envy It is his profound insight to make causing envy not envy itself the crime The novel's title refers to the Facial Eualization Center where women usually volunteer but are sometimes sent to be outfitted with identical inexpressive Beta faces neither too pretty nor too plain Men and this is another great insight of Hartley's are allowed to keep their own The Dictator is known only by voice addresses his subjects as patients and delinuents and keeps order by means of a caste of Inspectors to whom the laws do not seem to apply The plot concerns the efforts of one woman Jael 97 to overthrow the regime There is enough of it to carry the book along but its exceptional merit consists in the social commentary perhaps even pertinent today than in 1960 when the book was published


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    This work has been viewed as being a part of three deviating genres a spoof a representational fable or simply an attempt at constructing a science fictionThe narrative moves around an England recuperating from the desecration of a third World War Nuclear bombs have been dropped and survivors are returning from caves and hideaways to reconstruct a brand new and rehabilitated societal array In this proverbial Elysium resentment is the assailed and importunate peccadillo Euality the principal asset here In this society the advantaged caste is comprised by people termed as ‘Alphas’ Those who have been unsuccessful in reaching up to the Alpha stage become ‘Betas’ When it comes to women this would as a rule entail ‘plastic surgery’ conducted under the aegis of the Ministry of Facial Justice The newly created society nonetheless suffers from a sense of culpability and every one of its members is named after a homicide convict The female protagonist for example is named Jael 97 like an offenderIt is a sueaky clean and or less a sinless civilization All antagonism is proscribed Economic euality is matched by euality in beauty A girl who considers herself facially under privileged can get a facelift to attain to the usual custom of beauty which is neither hideous nor attractive Jael 97 has than her evenhanded split of good looks She must; conseuently be levelled down to the standard She is however an unconventional girl Her banner of revolt is based on her wish to look like herself At the first sight of the western tower of the beautiful Ely Cathedral she is filled with ecstatic joy and revolts against the regimeThe ludicrousness of a totalitarian regime has been revealed in this bookA mixed bag and surreal kind of plot


  5. says:

    Written in the 1950s and set in a dystopian future this was an interesting read a world apart from L P Hartley's famous work The Go Between I particularly enjoyed the location Cambridge and the Fens and the development of the main character Jael as she grows in confidence and takes matters into her own hands Hartley deals with several issues that still apply to our 21st century world not least of which egalitarianism leading to the dumbing down of culture the power of fashion and the control of women by men This is a great book for book clubs it will definitely stimulate discussion I recommend reading the Penguin Modern Classics edition for the introduction which provides fascinating insights into the author what a ghastly man and the novel


  6. says:

    This dystopian novel by LP Hartley is surprising and maintains relevance for today's world for instance the growth of social media has led to some people aiming at the same particular look My favourite section of the story was the trip to Ely; this was a highlight and had a suggestion of pagan responses to the surviving Christian symbol I felt that the story and characters needed filling out though the character of Jael is feisty but on the whole I was intrigued


  7. says:

    Every time there is something newNot to be taken at face valuehehe XD


  8. says:

    I recently bought a copy of this off a Cambridge street vendor and only partially because the title sounds a bit skeezyThe story is about Jael 97 a woman whose alpha ranked looks have caused enough envy among her peers to make her consider having an artificial beta face fitted Her post World War III society is governed by a mysterious dictator whose seemingly arbitrary commands seem intended to keep everyone eual in mediocrity When one of the dictator's decisions affects Jael in an unexpected way Jael's vague dissatisfaction with the state becomes a uest to subvert itThis is the kind of book that you read for the ideas behind it than the story The plot is sometimes light on detail and I wish it had been fleshed out a bit We do get a good amount of information on the society It was an interesting read and a fairly uick one Some of the book's points were made in overly repetitive ways and some aspects seemed superficialI would suggest against reading the description on the back cover or the introduction because they contain at least one detail that happens late enough in the story that I'd consider it a spoiler I changed the Goodreads description to leave that part out


  9. says:

    A semi interesting but plodding and sometimes confusing dystopian novel about conformity imposed upon society by a mysterious dictator after the near extinction of the human race after World War III Making it into a short story would have been sufficient and would have made it interesting and palatable by getting rid of the dross It actually picks up a bit in the second half of the book and a surprise ending makes it somewhat gratifyingAs a side note although it was published sixty years ago it is an interesting commentary on today's so called snowflake culture with its safe spaces and everyone is a winner mentality


  10. says:

    Time has not served this novel well It is of an essay on the period it was written than a true post apocalptic novel and it reads poorly Interesting insights are built up and then flounder or are put aside for no particular reason The disjointed plot is bogged down by statements and uestions which advance nothing other than speculation Jael the main character undergoes a curious personal ignominy which never really feels relevant to the faceless multitudes In fact poor characterisation sinks this novel We simply do not care


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