Santaroga Barrier, The, by Herbert, Frank

It’ll be a beautiful life, he thought. Beautiful . . . beautiful . . . beautiful.

Frank Herbert’s 1967 novel The Santaroga Barrier is probably best interpreted as a utopia novel, though there are strong psychological and drug use themes that run through it too. As a utopia, I cannot imagine anyone concluding that it is anything other than another ambiguous utopia. Santaroga tells the story of Gilbert Daesin, a UC Berkley psychologist during a visit to a Northern California community[…]

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