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The Happy Man

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Author: Gerald W. Page
Published: 1963
Language: English
Wordcount: 11,435 / 38 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 90.9
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 1,843
Added to site: 2009.12.19 26064

More's "Utopia" was isolated—cut off—from the dreary world outside.All Utopias are....

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away from him, bracing herself as if to leap and run. He stopped himself and froze where he stood for a moment, then drew back.

"I didn't mean to scare you," he said. "We can't stay here, because if you stay somewhere they find you. We can't leave the containers here, either, because if they find them it might give them a clue in tracking us."

She looked ashamed, so he reached over, ready to draw back his hand if she acted as if she were scared. She tugged at her lower lip with her teeth and stared at him with eyes that were wide but she did not spring to her feet. Somehow Nelson knew that the girl was acutely aware of how much she needed help out here. Suddenly, her right hand darted out and for a split second Nelson feared he had lost after all. But she reached over for the discarded can, picked it up and handed it to him. He reacted a little slowly, but he smiled and took the container. Their hands touched briefly and the girl drew hers away, immediately looking ashamed for so doing. Nelson c

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4 from 3 reviews: ****
JoJo Biggins

A truly excellent story. The characters are highly developed and believable, the plot is certain, and interest is maintained throughout. There is a good twist at the end that I didn't see coming.

This is a dystopian tale about an outcast in a world where most of the population spends their lives merely dreaming. Our hero's goal is to wake everyone and destroy the dream-based civilization.

Sardo Weems

A Russian nesting-doll of a short story about a lonely hero out to save the world. Good pulp writing.


Interesting. Confusing. Thoughtful.



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