A Very Private Life - Michael Frayn.
Distanced and numb, Uncumber runs away from home to really live life. However, having never stepped outside before, in a home where clothing is non existant and nakedness is uncovered eyes, she finds taking that step to meet a mystery lover far more shocking than she could have ever imagined.
This sweet and thoughtful novella captures the sense of numbed reality - where feelings are injected or encapsulated, where furniture is air bubbles and where life is lived out entirely through the holovision, and the desperate, pounding of fists, closed in frustration of living a life in a bubble. The futuristic style leaves chilling thoughts lingering in one’s head -
Uncumbers ultimate acceptance of her “inside” fate and her quest for a taste of the “outside” failing pose some serious questions - are we no more than dumb beasts that will unfailingly accept the easier option, a life of blissful ignorance? At what point does stringent control of everything become a prison, rather than unlimited privacy? Are the two ideas interchangeable?
It was simply written, and beautiful because of it. Poetically chilling, and only a short step of the imagination to see our world becoming pages of this book.