Paris in the Twentieth Century by Junes Verne – Dystopian Books Review

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Review, Synopsis and Summary of the Dystopian Novel Paris in the Twentieth Century.

Paris in the Twentieth Century offers a science fiction / dystopian novel and pictures the projected society of 1964. The author wrote this book in 1863. Concepts explored in the novel include an over-emphasis on business and technology and a sacrifice of culture and arts. Many of the writer’s predictions seem correct, but they felt it too unbelievable for publication. This presents the story of a young man who unsuccessfully struggled to live in the culturally backward yet technologically advanced world.

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Author:  Junes Vern

Genre: Science Fiction / Dystopian

Pages: 222

Goodreads Rating: 3.36 of 5

My Rating: 7 of 10

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Review and Summary of the Dystopian Novel Paris in the Twentieth Century.

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Michel Dufrénoya 16-year-old represents the main character of the novel. Unfortunately, he graduated in literature and classics when everyone focused on business and technology. He studied a dying industry and aim to complete a degree that no longer exists in the modern world. Michel is a poet, and his father a musician. Living with his uncle Monsieur Stanis las Boutardin and his family, his uncle puts him to work in a banking company. But he loves the 19th-century literature and always wants to read the books. He struggled to find these books because of the business-orientated market.

He heads to the library to find literature to read and discovers monsieur Huguenin, his estranged uncle in the imperial library employed as a librarian. Monsieur Huguenin became barred from family functions because they considered him as a disgrace to the family because of his interests in art. Michel cannot understand the reason for their actions. They assign him a new job of the ledger where he works with bookkeeper Monsieur Quinsonnas. Michel works on composing mysterious music with the hope to create wealth for himself. He also writes a book named Hope, which no publisher agrees to publish.

Later, Quinsonnas and Michel aim to start a military career, but society uses robots in these roles. They visit Monsieur Richelot, and Richelot’s granddaughter, Lucy. Michel falls in love with her, but Quinsonnas tell him that women are cynical, ugly and neurotic. Quinsonnas spills ink on the ledger, and he and Micheal become fired. After that, they live in misery, the whole of Europe experiences a freezing winter. Michel comes under more distress; he tries to find his beloved without success.

Final Say on The Dystopian Novel Paris in the Twentieth Century.

This book’s predictions about the 19th century remain remarkable. I give Paris in the Twentieth Century a 7 out of 10 ratings. In this novel, the development of events and description of the future through dialogues remains convincing. Though very pessimistic, it had a realistic projection of the future. Importance of art and literature stay critical in a community; it keeps humans in touch with creativity and the meaning of life. So through pointing out the absence of arts, Jules Verne emphasised its necessary existence. I recommend this book as worth any person’s time.

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