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Utopia (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Sir Saint Thomas More

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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.


The classic idea of a people's commonwealth. Although it has become a byword for the unrealistic since publication in 1516, this extract demonstrates a far more real and practical side to More's vision.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen A More Perfect Plan... 28. Februar 2006
Thomas More, executed by Henry VIII (one of his best friends) for treason, led an illustrious career of politics and letters. Under his friend the King, he served in many capacities - Speaker of the House of Commons, Master of Requests, Privy Councillor, etc. - culminating with the trust of the position of Lord Chancellor, a position in those days matching the prominence (if not the definition) of Prime Minister in these days. More's strong integrity and resolute mind caught the attention of scholars, political and church leaders internationally; it was this same integrity that most likely was his undoing, refusing to assent to the King's divorce and severance of ties binding the English Church with the Roman overlordship of the Pope. Indeed, More was, if not the actual ghostwriter, then certainly an inspiration and editorial aide to the document produced by King Henry VIII against the continental protestants, earning for Henry (and his heirs ever after) the title of Defender of the Faith (historical irony is that this title, most likely not intended to be hereditary, now declares the defense of a faith separated from the one for which the title was bestowed).
While an Ambassador to Flanders, More spent spare time writing this book, 'Utopia'. The very title is a still a by-word in the English language (as well as others) of a state of bliss and peace; it is often used with the context of being unrealistic. 'Utopia' is More's response to and development from Plato's 'Republic', in that it is a framework for a perfect society, or at least perfect according to More's ideas of the time. Penned originally in Latin, 'Utopia' has been translated widely; one of the better translations is by H.V.S. Ogden, in 1949, still reprinted in various editions to this day.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen interesting 24. Mai 2000
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I had to read this book for school. At the time, it wasn't very interesting, just something I had to do, but it's very short and I read it one day. Now, though, I'm really glad I've read it. It says a lot about "perfect socity" and makes you wonder if any of utopian ways of doing things would truley make people, society, better. It gives you something to discuss. Plus, I had seen Ever After before and after reading this book and it kinda gave me a new perspective on the movie afterwards. :)
There's not much of a plot to this book, it's a little hard to sit through, but I think this is one of those books you need to read, even if only to say that you've read it!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen More' s vision of an ideal society 18. Mai 2011
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"Utopia" The book by Sir Thomas More was written about five hundred years ago and criticises the societies of this time. But it is still a nice to read today, and let you think about the ideal world.

Probably everyone knows the meaning of Utopia. It is the ideal place of how a society should be. Sir Thomas More was the first one, who came up with this word, that has its roots in the Greek language and means "nowhere." The book was published in Latin in 1516 under the editorship of Erasmus in Belgium.
In the first part of the book, Sir Thomas More discusses with friends and the traveler Raphael Hythloday - which means `knowing in trifles' about the illness of European societies. Especially that the kings start wars so easily, they only care for themselves and waste money. They also talk about the harsh use of the death sentence, starvation and poverty of the common people. "...every man might be put in a method how to live, and so preserved from fatal necessity of stealing and of dying for it...but that you first make thieves and then punish them?"
It is clear that More especially criticises the English policy. That is why his book was not printed in England at this time. It is sometimes hard to follow the speaking in the first part of the book, as it is often not clear, who is speaking. But the first part of the known societies leads straight to the second part in the book. There Raphael talks about his journey with Amerigo Vespucci and his discovery of the unknown island Utopia somewhere in the new world. The exact position of Utopia is unknown. The name Utopia derives from the founder King Utopus.
Sir Thomas More' s work of the ideal society is inspired by the philosopher Plato.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A classic that everyone should read 2. September 2013
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I've read Utopia several times during my life and obtained this electronic edition so I could access it for reference purposes. Thomas More was an intellectual orthodox Catholic executed by Henry VIII for refusing to recognize either Henry's divorce or his break with Rome and establishment of the Anglican Church.

I have always been in the camp of those who see Utopia as a satire to postulate what a society ruled entirely by reason might look like. In modern times, you hear the "Utopian" adjective brandished about in all manner of contexts by people who have never read More's work. The modern dictionary defines Utopian as an ideal state of perfection, but More's Utopia hardly lives up to that ideal from a modern Western Democratic perspective. More's Utopia is an oppressively conformist society which often parallels modern communist ideas. It is a society where freedom of choice, in modern terms, is sacrificed in a trade off for efficiency and order. The crux of this conundrum has always been, who gets to judge what is desirable in the quest for this efficiency and order.

Although written nearly 400 years ago in a very different world than that in which we now live, it addresses social issues with which we continue to struggle.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen It is literature, don't take it too seriously 11. August 2013
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I very much enjoyed this classic piece of literature. Unlike some other reviewers, I don't think it is meant to be a model for a real society. It is in fact a quixotic idea of what a perfect society might look like, but I am not going to criticize a work of fiction just because it is not necessarily a realistic plan for a real state/country/world.

That being said, I do believe the purpose of More's work is to make people seriously consider some of the things that are wrong with our culture and how to improve upon it. I found myself highlighting scores of passages, particularly those about education. (Full disclosure: I am a teacher, so naturally I have idealistic views about education.) More writes in very long, drawn-out sentences, but the basic idea of one of my favorite passages is, "If we do not properly educate people so they cannot be financially independent and so resort to stealing, what else are we doing but making thieves and then punishing them?" As a teacher for at-risk students, I see this behavior all too often, and I do believe that many of society's ills can be corrected in youth if only schools have the resources.

My main issue with this book was More's writing style. As I mentioned before, he writes in extremely long sentences, mostly separated by semi-colons, which can make for tedious reading. Sometimes one sentence takes up a whole page. Other than that, I enjoyed the work.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Invest in Other Editions of this Classic Work 11. September 2014
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Very cheap edition of the classic. The cover looks like a printed copy of a low resolution internet photo. The introduction itself does not even spell out words in Greek but rather maintains what was clearly meant to be a replacement field such as, "[Greek Text]". The Introduction is rambling and provides little true insight into what you will read but, rather, reads like a Wikipedia article on Thomas More's life.

The main text is here but with such poor production and editing standards, I truly wish I had invested a few dollars more for a better edition of this classic.
3.0 von 5 Sternen Utopia 24. November 2014
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Utopia was written by Sir Thomas More in 1516. For those of you that know your history or at least watched the tv show The Tudors, know that he opposed Henry VIII's separation from the Catholic church and refused to acknowledge him as Supreme Head of the Church of England. Because of this and some say not attending the wedding of Anne Boleyn to Henry VIII he was tried for treason and beheaded in 1535. More was a fascinating person and I loved studying European history in college and reading up about the Tudors and the insanity that went on with Henry VIII. That said I really didn't like this book that much.

I know that 1516 was several centuries ago but reading about slavery and how women were treated in the fictional Utopia had me realizing that this was not the best book for me. The first part of the book that has More having a conversation with Raphael Hythloday who begins talking about how best it is to counsel a prince. I thought this part was very well done and it does explore some very interesting thoughts and ideas about how due to "yes men" and those who want to grow rich those who often counsel a prince are not thinking of the good of society as a whole.

Part two I didn't care for that much at all. We have More providing detailed information about the fictional country of Utopia. One thing that I did like was that women worked just like men and farmed. However, we have More discussing that every household has slaves and that many neighboring countries have people who are quite happy to be enslaved in Utopia. That part made me laugh out loud a bit. More also discusses how every religion is tolerated in Utopia and how priests can marry (and priests can be either men or women).

Pretty much Utopia sounds like a fool's paradise that I would visit but would quickly take my leave after a day.

Many people to this day argue about why More wrote Utopia and what was he trying to say. I for one can say I am surprised he wrote this when you see how committed he was to the Catholic church. Having priests marry would have been a radical notion back in the day along with women being allowed to be priests too. I guess I shouldn't be too shocked about priests marrying since there were many Popes that had children and mistresses. For example, Pope Alexander VI (1492–1503) had multiple children while a priest (also subject to a television show called the Borgias) and openly acknowledged them as his children. So I wonder if More saw the previous history of the Popes and thought that marrying and having children while a priest wasn't such a bad thing. Or possibly More wrote this in order to show that a perfect society in the England of the time and place he lived was not possible.

I do want to say that since I read this book for the most part on my Amazon Cloud Reader that the text ran together and I didn't have paragraphs to break up the flow which made it harder for me to get through. Once I read it on my Kindle though it was easier to read the paragraphs were there.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Classic 2. Juni 2013
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If you like classic writings and philosophical readings, you will like this. Reminded me of The Prince. Pretty good and quick read.
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