Looking Backward, 2000-1887

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Modern library, 1917 - Twentieth century - 276 pages
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In Looking Backward: 2000-1887, Edward Bellamy tells the story of Julian West, who goes to sleep in a hermetic chamber and finds himself waking “exactly one hundred and thirteen years, three months ... Read full review

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The crazy thing about this book is when it was written. The main character travels far into time and 'looks backward' into the past. The future has changed dramatically, but so much of what the author ... Read full review

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