This Other Eden

SMALL, WELL APPOINTED FUTURE SEMI DETACHED.If the end of the world is nigh, then surely it s only sensible to make alternative arrangements Certainly the Earth has its points, but what most people need is something smaller and manageable Of course there are those who say that s planetary treason, but who cares what the weirdos and terrorists think Not Nathan AllSMALL, WELL APPOINTED FUTURE SEMI DETACHED.If the end of the world is nigh, then surely it s only sensible to make alternative arrangements Certainly the Earth has its points, but what most people need is something smaller and manageable Of course there are those who say that s planetary treason, but who cares what the weirdos and terrorists think Not Nathan All he cares is that his movie gets made and that there s somebody left to see it.In marketing terms the end of the world will be very big Anyone trying to save it should remember that.
This Other Eden SMALL WELL APPOINTED FUTURE SEMI DETACHED If the end of the world is nigh then surely it s only sensible to make alternative arrangements Certainly the Earth has its points but what most people nee

  • Title: This Other Eden
  • Author: Ben Elton
  • ISBN: 9780552771832
  • Page: 270
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “This Other Eden”

    1. This Other Eden is a very funny book. It takes things to the extreme about what could happen if rich businessmen wanted to make money out of the end of the world. Based some years in the future, Ben Elton creates the scene of a world in environmental chaos, where the human race has destroyed the earth, and the end is nigh. Plastic Tolstoy, a rich businessman has the answer: buy a Claustrophere. A dome-shaped, self-contained new home, which can provide air and water, and recycle human waste, and [...]

    2. A relatively inoffensive offering from Mr Elton. His environmental themes from the early 90s make me sad today that nothing much has changed and this book is just as relevant today as it was back then (minus the whole VR obsession HA), and surprisingly his view on the modern world of the future was eerily accurate.

    3. Absolutely my favorite Ben Elton. If you are a fan of his give this a try, it is everything that Elton does best, humor, politics, and people and their craziest and most human. Like many of his books, This Other Eden has the insiders peek at the ridiculous thing we call show biz, and an observant and funny take on people and relationships.If you are not a fan of Elton, you might not enjoy this book. If you are however I would say to pick it up immediately. In the U.S. it's very hard to find his [...]

    4. Premise One: everything is interconnected. Premise Two: everyone is guilty. Premise Three: it remains possible to pull a happy ending out of a universal cesspool. Ben Elton’s third novel is a vaguely futuristic saga (in harmony with his first two) about an Earth that, in the words of Tom Waits, “died screaming.” The dividing lines between capitalist polluters and Eco-friendly activists are, however, even more under erasure than they were in STARK and GRIDLOCK. Hence #2, above. It is a nove [...]

    5. Has the same style as Douglas Adams in the Hitchhiker series, same brand of humour if you like it that way. The theme of environmental destruction is a tad too serious to be used for comedic purposes and to be treated lightly, I feel. Elton does bring up very thought provoking ideas in this grand conspiracry theory that both pro and anti environment forces are completely in cahoots, one could say its the ultimate cynic's view of reality. Whether we will eventually invent practical self-contained [...]

    6. The novel is set in the reasonably near future. Earth is being devastated by Mankind's continued exploitation, and it seems obvious that the environment will collapse sometime in the near future. Rather than adopt a more eco-friendly approach to life, most people have instead invested in a "Claustrosphere", a dome-shaped habitat in which all water, food and air is endlessly recycled in a completely closed environment. A person can therefore survive indefinitely within a claustrosphere no matter [...]

    7. Wow! I'm not sure whether to recommend this book or not. At times it was hilarious. At times is was terribly scary and sad. Ben Elton is dead-on in so many ways. His understanding of human nature and people's choices is amazing. Throughout the whole book I wasn't sure whether to laugh or cry.

    8. Great combination of a good twisty plot and interesting thought-provoking writing.A lot of political comment (as fitting for a Ben Elton book) and very winding plot of world-wide intrigue, eco-terrorism, huge egos and Hollywood. The whole thing takes place in the nearer-than-you-think future where the environment essentially collapses. There is an enourmouse power struggle between the "greenies" who try to save what's left and the salesmen who try to sell as many post-armageddon kits.Had it been [...]

    9. Sterk en na 25 jaar nog steeds relevant verhaal, dat toch beter tot zijn recht kon komen als Elton niet zo veel omwegen nam.

    10. This probably would have been a much better read shortly after it was published. The problem with setting stories in the future is that the future inevitably turns out different from how you imagined. In subtle ways, perhaps, but if anything that's worse. When the overarching themes are still so relevant, the little niggles really niggle.And the overarching themes really are relevant. Our environment is in trouble and the world is run by unscrupulous media moguls who will sell any lie for profit [...]

    11. What would happen if a rich media mogul and business man decided to try and market the end of the world? Well this is Ben Elton's take on it.The book opens with a supertanker running aground spilling its contents on the sea and coastline killing everything in its path but it soon becomes clear that this is no accident or a simple environmental tale. Elton, in his own inimitable style, is having a pop at mass marketing and the popular media. There are inflatable boobs, spray on condoms, free lipo [...]

    12. Ben Elton is a very clever and witty writer. This is typical of his work with a view of life in the future, probably not too far away. The world is about to destroy itself from all the harm caused by man. One of his earlier novels, this was written in 1993 when global warming was a two week holiday in Spain. It may have been fictional then, but it may well prove to be prohetic if we don't soon come to our senses. His satirical & cynical take of politicians, power hungry executives and media [...]

    13. Elton's theme in this story is humanity's blatent disregard for the survival of our planet, and through our pursuit of comfort and convenience, being on a path to creating an artificial and isolated existence. As always though, it is witty and insightful, despite the gloomy subject matter. I think what is most alarming is that this was written nearly 20 years ago, and yet it could have been written last week for it's environmental relevance.

    14. The best Ben Elton there is! He is so spot on, especially when you consider that the book was published in like 1993?! Some parts will make you roflyao and there are parts where you will feel sick with sadness and guilt. such an awesome book, can't recommend it enough!"Such is progress. The Egyptians left tombs which thousands of years later yielded up treasures of indescribable beauty, testimony to the glory of their civilization. The British, who have produced so many things thay could serve a [...]

    15. The three stars really reflects my love of Ben Elton. Honestly the book is worth two stars at best. Usually with a Ben Elton novel I am drawn in from the beginning, loving the intelligent humour and his unique ability to see society for what it is (I would liken him to Cory Doctorow in many ways). This book was okay. I suspect it was a very early work. It lacked his humour, it didn't grab me. I was mildly bored and almost considered abandoning it. I am glad I finished it but it wasn't great and [...]

    16. I found this to be a quite bizarre, science fiction, sort of opposite to a utopia type of fantasy novel. Its set in a semi-nightmareish future version of Earth. There are some moral points made, or certainly hinted at, via the sub-plots but it didn't feel especially preachy.This isn't a book for kids, as there is some sexual language and other strong language contained in it. You need to have a good imagination to be able to picture some of it and I did get a bit lost in the details about certai [...]

    17. This was barely Ok, maybe it only deserved 1 star.It seems that Ben Elton combined his stand up comic scripts into one script and thought they would make a good story. But then you needed a bit of narrative to join it all together. Take the comic ideas to the extreme and you have this book. It just seemed to get side tracked and at times was a just a series of dissertation about different subjects half way through a story. It was distracting and annoying and made the reading more of a task than [...]

    18. I somehow made it through This Other Eden, but I was helped by being on a bus in Brazil at the time and having finished the other books I had with me. It really isn't Elton's best work, mostly because it's far too much of a rant and, consequently, isn't very funny. I'm not sure whether it's my least favourite Elton, but the only other contender would be Chart Throb. That's in any case not really a far comparison, because I have no interest whatsoever in Pop Idol or the like, so the satire of tha [...]

    19. Блестящая книга, полная острой, умной, тонкой сатиры. Смеяться и глубоко задумываться можно почти над каждой фразой. К раздумьям располагает тема - гибель Земли от экологического Армагеддона, а к смеху - те тонкие и ироничные замечания о жизни общества и отдельно взятого че [...]

    20. This is an example of the type of book that Ben Elton writes really well; an issue which you can sense that he cares passionately about. The satire is there and the wit through the characters (Jurgen Thor; a God in name and a God in almost every nature of his body/demeanor). But it's his passion for the environment which shines through and how big business, not only ignores concerns about the future of the planet, but openly tries to profit from its demise. Excellent stuff.

    21. If you're a fan of tell don't show - and tell at interminable digressive length - then you may enjoy this book. I found it tedious in the extreme. Larger-than-stereotypical characters, and attempts at Douglas Adams-style humour that consistently fell flat. On the positive side, the story was interesting enough to keep me slogging on. Not enough though that I'd ever pick up another book from this author.

    22. Didn't like this one. I found the story very silly and not very good, it seemed to stumble along rather than evolve and i thought it was very week. I quite liked some of the characters but found them to be caricatures and one dimensional. Some bits were funny but there were a lot of off the track explanations which got a bit tedious and reminded me of the authors satirical stand-up performances. The political message was also very unsubtle. I wouldn't recommend it.

    23. I was hoping to enjoy this book (often very much enjoying Ben Elton novels, and being passionate about Environmental issues), but it was disappointment to me. I often find that some Ben Elton's I REALLY enjoy, and others I do not like at all. Unfortunately, this was the latter. I didn't find the plot particularly entertaining and I found the characters hard to follow and a bit boring. It was also pretty predictable through-out.

    24. I thought this was one of his better ones - it didn't have that feeling of being rushed through the edit like some of them have. I wish he'd stop wandering off into lecture mode, though. Otherwise, I think he is very skilled in getting across things like character and beliefs and attitudes via examples, very show not tell (until he lectures).Hilarious in many places. The gun fight in the orgy had me falling off my sun lounger and spilling my sangria.

    25. This is an example of the type of book that Ben Elton writes really well; an issue which you can sense that he cares passionately about. The satire is there and the wit through the characters (Jurgen Thor; a God in name and a God in almost every nature of his body/demeanor). But it's his passion for the environment which shines through and how big business, not only ignores concerns about the future of the planet, but openly tries to profit from its demise. Excellent stuff.

    26. As the Earth is slowly dying, people are buying their own escape, with their own little Eden. This just happens to be killing Earth quicker. If yore tiring to hide the truth, is it best to hide it amongst a lot of ideals? A very satirical way, at looking how the Earth is being spoilt, by the very beings that both need and live on it. As well as how one individual, can manipulate everyone, to buy his product.

    27. I've read most of Ben Eltons books and this one disappointed a bit, and it was only when I realised it was written in 1993 did I understand why - some of the boo has already been realised - media crossover and blatant manipulation (are you reading this Simon Cowell?). Overall though it doesn't hang together quite as well as his more recent works.

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