!, parliament is a dung market lmao, An interesting, thought provoking, short novel about living in the ideal socialist society. disappointed. It is truly interesting to see Morris' idea of utopia, almost hilarious how pretentious this was. My score is for the News From Nowhere story, I skipped all the tedious lectures at the end. The middle turned into one big exposition dump and I can't help but wonder if this political vision could have been written in a different form. There are no nations and no money. I prefer the imperfect utopian novels of the seventies, but there is no denying the importance of this work. But, other than the section about the uprising that brought about the utopia he describes, this lacks any narrative drive and is quite dull in places.
I enjoyed most of the other writing in this book as well; however, I found myself disagreeing with most of what Morris suggests. Still love it - staggering how many bells it still rings in 2014.
His arguments were all very conservative and nostalgic, and it is clear that Morris did not agree with the may the modern world was progressing. And the delivery is the same boring, lecture-style essay in the loose guise of fiction. About the furthest thing from an apocalyptic vision of the future, yet with a grasp on the grim reality of revolution. This is a fantastic book.
This isn't an actual review (and I wouldn't do a rating), since I didn't finish the book --just an explanation of why I didn't! The novel describes the encounter between a visitor from the nineteenth century, William Guest, and a decentralized and humane socialist future. William Guest awakes and finds himself 150 years in the future, in London, England. William Guest awakes and finds himself 150 years in the future, in London, England. This is a beautiful book with a beautiful ending.
For who is interested in early socialism in Britain, maybe you can afford to read this book. Anyhow, the book is pretty unbelievable and boring. To be honest, I skipped past a good chunk in the middle.
Morris's rejection of state socialism and his ambition to transform the relationship between humankind and the natural world, give News from Nowhere a particular resonance for modern readers. but because people are mobile at will anyone is free to go elsewhere if they don't like the place they're in or the people they're with), and marriage (which has allowed for the emancipation of women from patriarchal control, and also provides for the communal raising of children meaning they aren't subject to abusive parents, state run orphanages, or anything like that). I go back to this book "News from Nowhere, or an Epoch of Rest", again and again to remember how the world might be if sanity prevailed. by Penguin Classics. Differences of opinion are settled by the majori. The writing was easy to read but the later sections contained a lot of descriptions of how wide the river is and the elm trees that surround it. The protagonist comes across only one dissident in this post-capitalist/royalist/aristocratic England. Even knowing the background on which these books grew, I have something of a tolerant dislike towards old utopias. I first knew of Morris as the greatest bookbinder of the modern age, a master of textile design who single-handedly rediscovered half a dozen dead arts. He is earnest and wants to do justice, but somehow falls short. His writing is earnest, if dry, and many of his predictions seem prescient in weird ways--his writing speaks to much of the current thought on eco-criticism, as well as popular ideas regarding unobtrusive, nature-based architecture.
The book was written in response to another powerful utopian socialist novel, the American Edward Bellamy's ". You can tell Morris is really trying hard with this vision of utopia that fits into the neo-medieval, Victorian tradition. Nonetheless, it is clear that Morris was a brilliant w. I enjoyed News From Nowhere (which constitutes the majority of this edition) immensely. A Communist Utopian fantasy, written in the depths of the Victorian age when the gulf between the rich and poor was probably as wide as it ever has been. This is an old man who misses the old books with their conflict and hardships and heroes and villains. His quote to his wife Jane on his painting La Belle Iseult - 'I cannot paint you but I love you' seems to sum up what I feel about Morris' writing. A fine Utopian novel written in response to Edward Bellamy's "Looking Backward" two years after the publication.
In fact, I would say that it alone was a five-star read.
What he is trying to convey is wonderful - a beautiful and just world where people are appreciated for what they can offer and are valued for their offerings - but the execution is rather tedious and 'stuffy' in the way it is written.