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Utopia (1516)

by Thomas More

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A highly influential classic with interesting letters but including pedantic essays heavily influenced by socialism. ( )
  JayLivernois | Mar 14, 2016 |
Interesting to read. I liked seeing the perspective of some issues in More's time. ( )
  katieloucks | Feb 26, 2016 |
A perfect society such as was idealized by some thinkers like Karl Marx and even Thomas More are hard to conceive in a society so full of flaws. Maybe we need to pass through all these imperfections to perfect ourselves... Utopia might came to life in the future but that would be like solving all human matters and like Douglas Adams once wrote: "One of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them: It is a well known fact, that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. Anyone who is capable of getting themselves into a position of power should on no account be allowed to do the job. Another problem with governing people is people."
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  Glaucialm | Feb 18, 2016 |
Written about 1515 or 1516 and worth reading see pages 93 at bottom e.g. rich managing selfishly and 95 last para eg However, there are many things in the commonwealth of utopia that I rather wish, than hope, to see followed in our governments.

He of course was beheaded and later made a Saint. ( )
  COOINDABHL | Jan 19, 2016 |
This 16th Century novel consists of a conversation between More, a friend, and an explorer named Raphael who has spent a considerable amount of time on an unknown island in the Atlantic called Utopia. In the first part of the book, they discuss all of the things that are wrong with European society. In the second part, Raphael tells them everything he knows about Utopian society, which has solved all of the problems that plague European society.

By 16th Century standards, the island of Utopia would have been a true utopian society. By today’s standards, there were some elements that would be more dystopian (for example, women were not treated as equals to men, and religious tolerance was only advocated for those who chose to believe in an accepted religion). I really liked some of the ideas in the book, but there were other parts that I didn’t care for. I do recommend it, especially for anyone who likes utopian/dystopian literature; however, even though it’s short, it isn’t a book you can rush through because it really makes you think ( )
  AmandaL. | Jan 16, 2016 |
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Black, Walter J.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
del Pozo, Joan ManuelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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There was recently a rather serious difference of opinion between that great expert in the art of government, His Invincible Majesty, King Henry the Eighth of England, and His Serene Highness, Prince Charles of Castile.
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The moment we showed them [the Utopians] some books that Aldus had printed, and talked a bit about printing and paper-making -- we couldn't explain them properly, as none of us knew much about either process -- they immediately made a shrewd guess how the things were done. Up till then they'd only produced skin, bark, or papyrus manuscripts, but now they instantly started to manufacture paper, and print from type. At first they weren't too successful, but after repeated experiments they soon mastered both techniques so thoroughly that, if it weren't for the shortage of original texts, they could have had all the Greek books they wanted.
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Cover description: Sir Thomas More's entertaining description of Utopia, an island supporting a perfectly organized and happy people, was a best-seller when it first appeared in Latin in 1516. This work of a Catholic martyr has later been seen as the source of Anabaptism, Mormonism, and even Communism. Utopia revolutionized Plato's classical blueprint of the perfect republic, mainly by its realism. Locating his island in the (then) New World, More endowed it with a language and poetry, and detailed the length of the working day and even the divorce laws. Such precision gives a disturbing and exciting impact to Utopia, which still remains a book of the future.
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In Utopia Thomas More painted a fantastical picture of a distant island where society is perfected and people live in harmony, yet its title means 'no place', and More's hugely influential work was ultimately an attack on his own corrupt, dangerous times, and on the failings of humanity.… (more)

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