News from Nowhere: And Selected Writings and Designs

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  • Title: News from Nowhere: And Selected Writings and Designs
  • Author: William Morris Graeme Shankland Asa Briggs
  • ISBN: 9780140431155
  • Page: 323
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. J.G. Keely on said:

      There is something I mistrust in a man who hates his own time, who sees in it only folly and wrong headedness, and who lives in a dreamed of world in his head, a world of he has invented from the Glorious Past and which he expects in the Glorious Future to come but which never actually existed, and never will Every period has had its share of ignorance, of brutality, of waste, and of mismanagement History is vivid with error So, when a man looks at his own time and declares it worthless, saying [...]

    2. KyleTresnan on said:

      This might actually be the stupidest book I ve ever read.News from Nowhere is about a socialist utopia from the future That s not why it s stupid I don t hate this book because I m kind of person who says things like OBAMA S A SOCIALIST AND HE S RUINING THE COUNTRY I m all right with socialism Socialism is pretty cool News from Nowhere pretends to be a novel, but really it s just William Morris blabbing about what his ideal socialist state will be like Not should be like Morris as far as I can t [...]

    3. James Giddings on said:

      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 The book was set in 1950 in a world where a socialist anarchist revolution had taken place in the 19th century It presupposes a source of clean energy has been discovered, and that people choose their productive and creative work based on what they love rather than the disasters they fear The book is the inspiration for Leon Rosselson s song Bringing the News fro [...]

    4. Kelly on said:

      A description of the capitalist past from a socialist future Why, then, since they had forced themselves to stagger along under this horrible burden of unnecessary production, it became impossible for them to look upon labor and its results from any other point of view than one to wit, the ceaseless endeavor to expend the least possible amount of labor on any article made, and yet at the same time to make as many articles as possible To this cheapening of production , as it was called, everythin [...]

    5. Josh on said:

      Pretty good, as far as 19th Century socialist utopian fiction is concerned.It s greatest virtue is that the process whereby Communism arrives isn t by virtue of benevolence on the part of the capitalist class, as in Bellamy s Looking Backwards, but rather through violent, class struggle and upheavals of the state apparatus This adds an element of realism to Morris s vision, which is lacking in so much of the genre It is also a point, which Morris had given a lot of thought to and is probably the [...]

    6. Bart Everson on said:

      Now here is a cheerful tale Morris envisions a future in which there is no state Total anarchy Yes, but not total chaos People keep track of what needs to be done, so there is organization But no elite class or police force makes them do the work They work because they are free to do what they want, and the most satisfying thing, according to Morris, is work I see his point Morris communism is also appealing Like the guardians of Plato s Republic, or the citizens of More s Utopia, the people in [...]

    7. Valerie on said:

      I had to read this book as an assignement and had no clue of what it was about, and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised First when I read in a book from the nineteenth century that a bridge was constructed in 2003 Then it is very interesting how Morris forsaw the twentieth century russian revolution, though the outcome he describes is very different from what history taught us, the way the revolution happened is very similar I am fascinated by his intelligence of nature and ecology and of [...]

    8. Hal on said:

      An interesting take on the future Morris view of what the world might be like in a hundred years, Utopian style story telling mixed with a lot of philosophical dabate Deep Reading Hey, I should add that category to my bookshelves

    9. Peter on said:

      hmm, so the conversations about the nature of multiplication on p31 need to take place at,in an appropriate setting.It s rather disorientating to read passages such as I found myself saying, almost against my will, How old is it Oh, not very old, he said it was built, or at least opened, in 2003 There used to be a rather plain timber bridge before then in a book whose vernacular is very obviously late nineteenth century It seems possible to read chapters 1 5 of News from Nowhere and feel like th [...]

    10. Daniel Klawitter on said:

      I do not want art for a few, any than education for a few, or freedom for a few A man no needs an elaborate system of government, with its army, navy, and police, to force him to give way to the will of the majority of his equals, than he wants a similar machinery to make him understand that his head and a stone wall cannot occupy the same space at the same moment.

    11. Taylor Gillies on said:

      Read News from Nowhere and useful work versus useless toil

    12. Suzammah on said:

      It s a frustrating utopia and not too wonderfully written but interesting to consider.A few specifics that amused or interested me On Oxford and Cambridge as places of learning Theywere the breeding places of a peculiar class of parasites, who called themselves cultivated people they were indeed cynical enough The rich middle classes they had no relation with the working classes treated them with the kind of contemptuous toleration with which a mediaeval baron treated his jester, though it must [...]

    13. Mariana on said:

      This is one of the best editions of News from Nowhere in my opinion, and that only on Clive Wilmer s account His introduction to Morris life, work and thought was both insightful and informative, thoroughly unbiased and very well documented.As William Morris himself said it, the only safe way of reading an utopia is to consider it as the expression of the temperament of its author see his review of Bellamy s Looking Backward.Yes, Morris was a romantic and a dreamer, but he was also, in my opinio [...]

    14. Shahryar on said:

      Do not be too quick to dismiss Morris s speculation as woefully inaccurate Yes, his future resembles a mythical past than anything else, but to fault him too strongly for that misses the point His object was less to prognosticate than to urge Jules Verne s Paris in the 20th Century is an example of a 19th Century premonition of how 19th Century trends WOULD be extrapolated into the future News from Nowhere deals in how those trends COULD be contravened The shape this imagined utopia takes on in [...]

    15. Marne Wilson on said:

      The unnamed narrator goes to sleep in 1890 London after attending a socialist meeting and wakes up in the same room hundreds of years in the future While he was sleeping, Britain has been transformed into a utopia, where everybody is free to do exactly as he or she pleases but most people, fortunately, like to do lots and lots of hard work Most people have taken to living simple yet comfortable lives in the country, often in semi communal situations People take real pride in crafting beautiful y [...]

    16. Michele on said:

      I first read this book years ago in a Utopian lit class really fabulous class with a great teacher , so I remembered some of it, but as usual, my leaky memory meant that a second read through revealed far stuff than the first time around.One thing I d forgotten that I found interesting this time was the construction of the narrative so that the book is very specifically written about a friend and isn t the narrator s experience directly Since the book takes the form of a dream anyway, I m not s [...]

    17. Josh on said:

      Pretty good, as far as 19th Century socialist utopian fiction is concerned.It s greatest virtue is that the process whereby Communism arrives isn t by virtue of benevolence on the part of the capitalist class, as in Bellamy s Looking Backwards, but rather through violent, class struggle and upheavals of the state apparatus This adds an element of realism to Morris s vision, which is lacking in so much of the genre It is also a point, which Morris had given a lot of thought to and is probably the [...]

    18. Ian on said:

      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 Morris imagines a future of around 2013 when government, police, aristocracy, mass production, money and crime have fallen out of use, education is optional, slums have been cleared, London has been reforested and arts and crafts reign supreme.Some of Morris concepts are na ve, others just plain daft In under 150 years, all envy, malice, greed, [...]

    19. Allie on said:

      Part manifesto part future history, as opposed to a novel as such and there is a dearth of character plot driven fiction set in socialist societies that needs to be filled the only actually good example of such a story that I can think of is The Dispossessed But the future history is plausible and interesting to read, and the manifesto has some interesting ideas sadly neglected in modern socialist discourse, for example on geographical reform Unfortunately, other aspects of the manifesto are dis [...]

    20. Kate Bradley on said:

      Morris may have worn a Marxist badge in his public life, but this utopia seems the result of his love for Ruskin and Carlyle than his admiration of Marx, and so it s essentially backward looking in its ideology The pastoral society it depicts is a medieval, feudal community complete with full costume where everyone is a craftsman, free to pursue whatever forms of art he prefers Everyone lives to at least 100 and the women stay pretty forever They don t have any machines and live in nice looking [...]

    21. Dawn Halpern lewis on said:

      An idealistic view of a future in a Utopian society It was refreshing to read about William Morris political ideas, which were very radical both for his times and would still be considered such today There is something touching about his naivete But sadly tragic It reminded me of dialogues of Plato at times and often I wished that the narrator could allow us to believe he never had to accept the reality and lived the Utopian dream instead I would have liked to have known such a world through his [...]

    22. Craig on said:

      Utopia derives from the Greek word for nowhere, a dream in possible settings Morris vision is not really post apocalyptic, but set in a world after a social and political coup, of some sort, has occurred As with most ideals or idyllic visions, he has what appear to be sincere and honest intentions, but with a community this perfect, it begs the question of what to do with those who rebel and refuse to submit to your ideals Social contracts sound great on paper, and most may agree and may strive [...]

    23. Anna Maria on said:

      William Morris wrote News from Nowhere partly in response to Edward Bellamy s utopian novel, Looking Backward, and partly as a criticism of the industrialised, capitalist contemporary society While Bellamy and most other socialists in the UK and US at the time emphasized state control, Morris presents a utopia where everyone is free to do their own thing and where art and work are fused together News is basically wish fulfillment for Morris, but as unrealistic as it is, he does an excellent job [...]

    24. Jamie on said:

      A great introduction to the legendary character that is Morris, most of all I enjoyed reading about him and his life A genuinely interesting bloke, a genuinely interesting life riddled with many genuine achievements News from Nowhere will not rank as my favourite book of all time but is a genuinely interesting vision of socialism, the language is often great and it is also a great exploration of the man s psyche as the 3 main male characters are evidently different aspects of himself Definitely [...]

    25. Othy on said:

      So far I ve only read News from Nowhere here, not the other writings part, but I must say that I am impressed I ve only read a small bit of Morris other words, though none of them were outside of a medieval setting, nor did they deal with Morris socialism His utopian tale has the usual progressing onward towards a goal form, though it is than a series of interesting sights along the way Though I disagree with him on many points, I thought his insights into culture, humanity, and art were enough [...]

    26. Sharon on said:

      Didactic, idealistic, na ve, philosophical, a utopian, agrarian, socialist fantasy A direct, elegant prose By modern standards the narrative is perhaps a bit clunky but well worth persevering with A fascinating book by a fascinating man.I have not yet read the other material in the penguin edition I have but I will get to it.I wonder what Morris would have made of the world wars, the failed socialist states and a totalitarian China, not to mention the on going conflict in the middle east, could [...]

    27. Hilary on said:

      This interesting view from William Morris suggests a utopian socialist world of the future that reflects a romanticised vision of the middle ages but where everything is beautiful, people yearn to work and produce beauty in all items that are produced Given that Morris was a very wealthy man and businessman, it is hard to reconcile his socialism with his business affairs However News from Nowhere is a lovely story and makes me want to ride my bike on the bikepath along the Thames to try and disc [...]

    28. Andie on said:

      I really like Morris s narrative style and voice However, I don t like too much what he writes about It is interesting to understand News from Nowhere from a historic point of view but it requires work to understand it pertaining its time and the situation in which it was written I really liked some of the other writings and his essays are pretty interesting What I really like about Morris though is that he inspires hope and he inspires people to action It is a nice read.

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