So my second year of University reading if off to a very....heavy start. I decided to start my reading early so I'm a little less pressured when the semester actually starts. If Utopia is any indication then it's going to be an intense year. I didn't enjoy reading Utopia, at all but I can appreciate it. It immediately made me think of both Man in the High Castle by Philip K Dick and Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. It has the same historical quality that the Man in the High Castle had. When reading the amount of philosophers mentioned often made me forget that this is a work of fiction rather than fact. Then the way the narrative works in Utopia felt very similar to Heart of Darkness' framed narrative. The vast majority of Utopia is a man named Raphael recounting his time and experiences on the Island of Utopia to a character named Thomas More. Yes, I know. I agree, the peak of narcissism. Talk about a self insert.
I found the book interesting in the sense of the ideas on Utopia were very progressive, especially when you consider the book is now nearly five hundred years old and was first penned in Latin. However, if I was even a little bit tired and I tried reading this I'd be sent straight to sleep. It became quite handy really!
It's certainly an interesting read...but not a light nor a pleasurable one.
I would also like to reiterate that just because I did a bit of research on what the actual book was about because I was so lost does not constitute cheating, Sam!
Author(s): Thomas More
Have you read Utopia?
What did you think?
Thank-you for reading,