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Utopia (Penguin Classics) by Thomas More

Utopia (Penguin Classics) (original 1516; edition 2012)

by Thomas More, Dominic Baker-Smith (Translator), Dominic Baker-Smith (Introduction)

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Title:Utopia (Penguin Classics)
Authors:Thomas More
Other authors:Dominic Baker-Smith (Translator), Dominic Baker-Smith (Introduction)
Info:Penguin Classics (2012), Paperback, 192 pages
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Utopia by Thomas More (1516)

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Wat een heerlijk boek, dit product van een van de briljantste geesten van zijn tijd! Het denk- en schrijfplezier spat van de bladzijden, en het leesplezier was navenant.
Hoewel ik geen expert ben in vertalingen, schrijf ik de friste van dit 500 jaar oude boek toch graag toe aan de prachtvertaling van Paul Silverentand. More's humor, ironie, sarcasme en verontwaardiging komen helemaal tot hun recht. ( )
  Frans_J_Vermeiren | Jan 19, 2017 |
An easy, reasonable quick read. More has some interesting communist ideas, infused with his version of Christianity and agrarianism. Many of his critiques about then-contemporary English/European society are still quite applicable. ( )
  teknognome | Nov 14, 2016 |
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 |
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More, Thomasprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Black, Walter J.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
del Pozo, Joan ManuelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Deller, JeremyDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Donnelly, John PatrickTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fiore, TommasoEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Itkonen-Kaila, MarjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marshall, Peter K.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Muggeridge, FraserDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Prechtl, Michael MathiasIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rodríguez Santidrián, PedroEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scott, John AnthonyIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sheehan, John F. X.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Turner, PaulTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
van Cleve, Hendrick, IIICover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wells, H. G.Introductionsecondary 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.
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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