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that Chip rapes Lilac. Rape has occurred in other works studied before in the curriculum. Such as in the Kind Arthur stories and The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. This issue was also dealt with in novels read by students in seventh grade, as in So Far From the Bamboo Grove. The rape that occurs in this work is really no different from any that occurred in any other novel listed here. It is no worse in any way, and even shows how wrong this act really is. Lilac is hurt by Chip and tries to leave him several times after this event occurs and Chip sees how wrong he was in committing this act and must learn to control his new found animal urges. The only other controversial material are swears, and those have been scattered throughout any novels already read by students even as

young as eighth grade, such as many of the John Steinbeck novels read in that curriculum. There is nothing in This Perfect Day that students haven’t already experienced in other works of literature already in the curriculum. The only large worthwhile literary review found, that was more than a sentence or two was, "This Perfect Hell" by Ralph Raico. Raico is a history professor at SUNY College in Buffalo and published his review in American Enterprise. (Sep/Oct 98, Vol. 9 Issue 5, p82, 1p.) Raico speaks of Levin’s other works, but says that This Perfect Day was by far his best and deserves to be filmed just as many others such as Rosemary’s Baby and Sliver were. He gives nothing but praise to the novel, he says, " This Perfect Day belongs to the genre of

"dystopian" or anti-utopian novels, like Huxley’s Brave New World and Orwell’s 1984. Yet it is more satisfying than either." He is very enthusiastic about the quality and meaningfulness of Levin’s novel and gives it the highest regards. 327