As Trafford Sewell struggles to work through the usual crowds of commuters, he is confronted by the intimidating figure of his Parish Confessor. Why has Trafford not been streaming his every moment of sexual intimacy onto the community website like everybody else? Does he think he's different or special in some way? Better than his fellow man and woman? Does he have something to hide?
Imagine a world where everyone knows everything about everybody. Where what a person 'feels' and 'truly believes' is protected under the law, while what is rational, even provable is condemned as heresy. A world where to question ignorance and intolerance is to commit a Crime against Faith.
Ben Elton's dark, savagely comic novel imagines a post-apocalyptic society where religious intolerance combines with a confessional sex obsessed, self-centric culture to create a world where nakedness is modesty, ignorance is wisdom and privacy is a dangerous perversion. A chilling vision of what's to come? Or something rather closer to what we call reality?
©2007 Ben Elton; (P)2009 Random House Audio
"depressingly plausible dystopian future-Britain"
Ben Elton has a talent for seeing past the surface of things to the reality lurking beneath. In "Dead Famous" he showed us how little reality there is in Reality TV. In "Chart Throb" he exposed how the outcomes of TV talent shows are manipulated. In "Blind Faith" he shows us where we may get to if current trends in attitudes towards privacy, intellect, and the dominance of passionate opinion over factual analysis continue.
I've found previous Ben Elton books to be fun as well as insightful. He uses wit, humour and careful observation to make me smile at the gaps between the world as it is presented to us and the reality that he uncovers.
"Blind Faith" is not like that. "Blind Faith" is so in your face and so horribly plausible that it make "1984" and "Fahrenheit 451" feel like light-hearted romps. Watching the plot unfold made me feel as if I were rubbernecking on a car wreck: the nice part of me wanted to look away but the reptile wrapped around my hindbrain was fascinated by the reality of the disaster.
"Blind Faith" is set in a post-flood near-future London, where the people are packed together so tightly there is only room to shuffle, not enough to walk. Social media are always on in your living room. Privacy is regarded as the kind of deviant behaviour only pedo pervert would need. Cherry-popping videos are part of everyone's online bio, laws are set by mass vote, a populist, live it large church guides all decisions, reading is illegal and vaccinations are seen as a lack of faith in God.
In the midst of all this, an ordinary man, trying to do his best and being overwhelmed.
This is a memorable book but it is not a comfortable read. The text began to make me feel as hemmed in as the characters in the novel and as overwhelmed as our hero. Ben Elton offers no comfort and no solutions, just a brutal warning.
"Slightly grumpy but entertaining"
A diverting enough book
A humorous dystopian fable. An odd mix. Part 1984, which was clunkingly refererenced meets Hello magazine.
Could do. Elton is a pacey writer
I like Ben Elton's writing. This is not his best work but it is his usual style.of humorous and observational with some grotesque thrown in. The story has a few nice plot twists and some.of the characterisation is.strong but overall most of.the.antagonists are.one.dimensional. Had a bit of a.screen play feel to it. Overall a good listen but not Elton's best but still good. Very well paced. Thank Samsung for the weird punctuation of this review!
"It was too good - I had to stop listening"
No. It's so well written that it made me depressed about the future of humanity.
He was superb but, as a result, he made the story more painful.
Yes, the scene when the office was welcoming a new member of staff. It chilled me to the bone and I knew the characters were going to be too horrible to stand listening to.
"Time to think"
This book embodies the nightmare society we are on route to becoming... With social and ecological ignorance growing to mammoth proportions we should be giving this to senior students across the nation... Be forewarned fast-laners
A fabulous addition to any eclectic library a read that can suit so many minds..
once again Ben Elton proves he's one of the greatest authors ever. yea I said it, greatest authors EVER
"Shame about the narration"
I love this book, which is why I downloaded it for my free trial. Unfortunately I did not feel that the narration fitted the story. I'm currently trying to figure out how to exchange it.
"Good and scary future!"
A wee bit close to the bone. I like Ben Elton's work and this also drew me. He has better out there, but this was good. Well performed and a good story. Would recommend it but it is not one of his better pieces - in my view.
He sees people and development for the future. This is taking dumbing down to the extreme.
"One of his worst"
Not really futuristic and not much happens in the book. It feels as though BE came up with couple lines and then had to drag them out to make a book. Having said that it still keeps you listening.
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