The Method

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    IGNOU M.Com Study Material, IGNOU Books, Free Download with an intellect that marks her as subversive Convinced that her brother has been wrongfully convicted of a terrible crime, Mia comes up against the full force of a regime determined to control every aspect of its citizens livesThe Method, set in the middle of the twenty first century, deals with pressing questions to what extent can the state curtail the rights of the individual And does the individual have a right to resist Juli Zeh has written a thrilling and visionary book about our future, and our present."/>
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  • The Method
  • Juli Zeh
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  • 14 April 2018
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About the Author: Juli Zeh

Paperback ç The Method PDF/EPUB ´ method mobile, The MethodThe Method eBook Juli Zeh is a German novelistHer first book was Adler und Engel in English Eagles and Angels , which won the Deutscher B cherpreis for best debut novel Juli Zeh has lived in Leipzig since Zeh studied human rights law in Passau and Leipzig, passing the Zweites Juristisches Staatsexamen comparable equivalent to the US bar exam in She also has a degree from the Deutsches Literaturinstitut Leipzig.


The MethodPaperback ç The Method PDF/EPUB ´ method mobile, The MethodThe Method eBook Mia Holl lives in a state governed by The Method, where good health is the highest duty of the citizen Everyone must submit medical data and sleep records to the authorities on a monthly basis, and regular exercise is mandatory Mia is young and beautiful, a successful scientist who is outwardly obedient but with an intellect that marks her as subversive Convinced that her brother has been wrongfully convicted of a terrible crime, Mia comes up against the full force of a regime determined to control every aspect of its citizens livesThe Method, set in the middle of the twenty first century, deals with pressing questions to what extent can the state curtail the rights of the individual And does the individual have a right to resist Juli Zeh has written a thrilling and visionary book about our future, and our present.

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10 thoughts on “The Method

  1. Lisa says:

    Mens sana in corpore sano Well, first of all, define health Is physical strength and the lack of illness or disability the same as being healthy Can it be measured, as suggested in this dystopian vision of a society religiously devoted to focusing on perfect appearance and fitness Is healthy life the solution to our mental instabilities, and can it take on the role as a method to control human interaction The answer is yes and no It can, but the happiness that is forced upon the human sp Mens sana in corpore sano Well, first of all, define health Is physical strength and the lack of illness or disability the same as being healthy Can it be measured, as suggested in this dystopian vision of a society religiously devoted to focusing on perfect appearance and fitness Is healthy life the solution to our mental instabilities, and can it take on the role as a method to control human interaction The answer is yes and no It can, but the happiness that is forced upon the human species as a result of the lack of physical pain is as hollow as anything an autocratic system forces down the throat of people without a choice.If you ban all choice, it doesn t matter that the prescribed life is healthy , it is nonetheless going to poison the human mind which longs to think and act and choose for itself, to find answers to questions it comes up with based on individual experience There is no system that applies to all people Period That is the message of the novel in Orwell s and Huxley s spirit No religion or method can capture the whole of humanity and turn them into obeying sheep There will always be some that refuse to act like sheep.BUT While it is not possible to brainwash a whole community into liking or supporting a system, there are methods within each religion and any system claiming to own an absolute truth and one exclusive way of living is a religion, offering no diversity or choice, only rules to enforce its effective survival.The protagonist of this novel, Mia Holl, turns into a dissident when she sees the cracks in the system she has been taught to follow meticulously from childhood When she discovers the injustice of its method, causing the death of her brother, she turns against her childhood beliefs and starts to oppose what she considered absolute truth before This is a painful, dangerous and unsettling process, and she has to fight the fanatics of the system, whose raison d tre is to defend their belief with whatever methods work Fake news stories are just the top of the iceberg If the method itself the religion is threatened, even the most progressive of states will fall back on torture to silence those who refuse to be sheep Mia can t win But she can understand Nothing ever changes One system is as good as another The Middle Ages is not an era Middle Ages is the name for human nature And she is a witch a person stuck between worlds, between the wild and the dominant civilisation, between body and mind, between yes and no, between belief and atheism She will have to burn But her civilisation has a sophisticated way of dealing with terrorists or martyrs the same thing , as one character puts it They refuse to give her an audience for her martyrdom Willing to die for her beliefs, she is forced to live on in her body, while the mind is broken It is like letting Winston Smith live after he has whispered I love Big Brother Brutal torture A broken mind in a healthy body.I read this novel on the suggestion of my son, who reads it with his class in school, and I had no particular expectations I was pleasantly surprised to discover that there is a lot of food for thought, even though the general idea of a fanatic dystopian system has been told many times before.The obscenity of focusing on bodily perfection is not far fetched at all, and if the novel had any impact on me on a personal level, it must be the insight into the kind of creature I am myself an individual sitting on a fence, stuck between embracing my society and cursing it and the feeling that it is time to celebrate hangovers on Saturday mornings, for unhealthiness is a privilege we can t take for granted Recommended

  2. Marc says:

    Update in these corona covid19 times this dystopia absolutely is relevant Perhaps, or better, hopefully, we re not going to go the way of the Method like in this book, but I guess social distancing and quarantine measures in some way are going to be part of our futureNormally I m not a fan of the genre of dystopia, but this is a very successful example I think it even is a nice 21st century variant on Huxley s Brave New World Especially the basic concept a world in which physical Update in these corona covid19 times this dystopia absolutely is relevant Perhaps, or better, hopefully, we re not going to go the way of the Method like in this book, but I guess social distancing and quarantine measures in some way are going to be part of our futureNormally I m not a fan of the genre of dystopia, but this is a very successful example I think it even is a nice 21st century variant on Huxley s Brave New World Especially the basic concept a world in which physical health takes precedence over anything else is cleverly worked out And, of course, like with Huxley, the intrigue evolves around people who cannot live with that coercion Zeh presents a world, somewhere around the middle of the 21st century, in which everyone has to adhere to The Method people at all time must submit their medical data to the government and proof that they are doing everything to keep healthy through records of daily exercises The novel follows the young scientist Mia Holl who tries to fit in, but at the same time is revolting against this health obsessed regime Fortunately, Zeh does not present a completely black white portrait of this world the rebellious good ones also have their drawbacks and the ruling Methodists mostly can also see the negative sides of their system Also positive is that the book is short enough to stimulate the reflection on the problem of regulation and free will, without to be pushy which was the case in the previous books by Zeh I only questioned the role of the ideal lover in the beginning, which to me is an annoying magical realistic element, and especially questioned the role of Heinrich Kramer who is presented as a kind of supreme authority, but also acts as a very hypocritical journalist A journalist as Supreme Conscious of the world My God, the chills are running down my spine

  3. ·Karen· says:

    UnconvincingI have to admit that dystopian visions of a totalitarian future are not high on my list of favourite genres, unless of course it s Orwell, but the very first line of this really got my hackles up Gesundheit ist ein Zustand des vollkommenen k rperlichen, geistigen und sozialen Wohlbefindens und nicht die blo e Abwesenheit von Krankheit Health is a state of complete physical, spiritual and social wellbeing and not the mere absence of disease. Oh bollocks Health is the absence o UnconvincingI have to admit that dystopian visions of a totalitarian future are not high on my list of favourite genres, unless of course it s Orwell, but the very first line of this really got my hackles up Gesundheit ist ein Zustand des vollkommenen k rperlichen, geistigen und sozialen Wohlbefindens und nicht die blo e Abwesenheit von Krankheit Health is a state of complete physical, spiritual and social wellbeing and not the mere absence of disease. Oh bollocks Health is the absence of disease, noand no less You can t behealthy than healthy The prologue continues in an overblown, artificially grand sounding declamatory style, which so set my teeth on edge that I immediately googled the purported author, only to find that Heinrich Kremer does not exist, at least not as the author of a treatise on health as principle of governmental legitimisation He did exist once, as a German inquisitor of the 15th century.Oh, OK, so this is a spoof, I geddit Unfortunately, it is also the premise for this future world one in which the health police have taken over and run an over efficient Nanny state in which any kind of behaviour that might be a risk to health is forbidden, in which the citizens are expected to keep tabs on and report their blood count, sleep patterns, nutrition diary, blood pressure, urine samples, sport profiles etc etc etc.Another admission I ve only read 30 pages, but so far there is no explanation of how we got from here to there I mean most New World Orders need some kind of previous cataclysm to warrant their existence, something like a world wide war, or a devastating environmental disaster, disease, pestilence, whatever Something adequately destabilizing which makes the formation of a totalitarian state vaguely plausible Juli Zeh will probably claim that this is not meant to be a realistic vision of the future, but rather a model to examine what the consequences of state control of our health might be But I can t help feeling that she is tilting at the wrong windmills It may well be true that there is a kind of health brigade that try to persuade us that we can be evenhealthy than healthy, but usually it s nothan a marketing ploy to push some spurious health giving product, super food or anti oxidant, or a wellness programme that is mostly designed to part me from my money how will that make me feel better.It s true that there are numerous government campaigns to persuade us to eatfruit and veg, lose weight, quit smoking and so on, but the only reason why these campaigns are numerous and strident is precisely because governments are well aware that the three single measures that would improve the general health of the nation in one fell swoop are absolutely unthinkable All any government really needs to do is make smoking, alcohol, and cured meat illegal There you go Easy Er, no Because the one sacred value of our Western democratic world, the one that outweighs all the rest put together, is freedom The freedom to fuck your life up any way you want to The totalitarianism of this model is getting in the way of what might have been a sensible appraisal of how to curb spiralling health care costs Next

  4. Fionnuala says:

    This story is set in the future, in the middle decades of this century Juli Zeh imagines a scenario where the governments of the world have abandoned all political systems except one the Method All industry that damages the air or soil quality has ceased and the primary focus is on maintaining optimum health in the population by means of strict controls of food, drink, drugs, health, hygiene, exercise and genetic data People live in controlled areas and anywhere beyond those areas is conside This story is set in the future, in the middle decades of this century Juli Zeh imagines a scenario where the governments of the world have abandoned all political systems except one the Method All industry that damages the air or soil quality has ceased and the primary focus is on maintaining optimum health in the population by means of strict controls of food, drink, drugs, health, hygiene, exercise and genetic data People live in controlled areas and anywhere beyond those areas is considered potentially contaminated, and therefore forbidden A lot of things are forbidden Zeh has created an extreme version of the Nanny State where the individual matters little except in relation to the group and reason has replaced religion.The style tripped me up at the beginning There is a lot of dialogue and it rarely sounds natural At first I thought this might be a translation problem but then I began to imagine the novel as a play and suddenly, it worked for me The dialogue is like a set of speeches the characters s words sound like they are meant to be declaimed, like a series of perfect sound bites The action of the novel could easily take place on stage too, as there are very few characters and a limited number of settings I think it would work very well as a provocative piece of theatre.The plot is interesting, even intriguing in some places There were a few details that weren t sufficiently explained but that may have been my failure to understand some of the finer points The main characters are sparsely drawn but nevertheless, I found them all realistic except for one, Heinrich Kramer, the originator of the Method, whose multi functional role in the plot I found unlikely On another level, however, I could see how he fitted in Every story needs a likeable devil

  5. Matt says:

    Reading this again after a decade I had to demote it and remove a star It s too much on the nose, almost stereotyped You can tell it was born a play and somehow morphed into a short novel The medieval witch trial, set in the near future, is too thinly veiled for my taste Still, not a bad book, if you like dystopias Some whiff of Orwell and Kafka was pleasantly sensed Where health becomes duty, method becomes madness ignorance is strength This work is licensed under a Creative Commo Reading this again after a decade I had to demote it and remove a star It s too much on the nose, almost stereotyped You can tell it was born a play and somehow morphed into a short novel The medieval witch trial, set in the near future, is too thinly veiled for my taste Still, not a bad book, if you like dystopias Some whiff of Orwell and Kafka was pleasantly sensed Where health becomes duty, method becomes madness ignorance is strength This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

  6. Nigel says:

    3.5 stars or 7 10A stylish addition to the dystopian future genre in the tradition of Orwell s 1984 Juli Zeh s version looks at society in the mid 21st century a society completely obsessed with health, which has spawned a new political system The Method which requires citizens to comply with daily exercise, abstain from tobacco, alcohol etc This is all tracked through accessing the data chip every citizen has implanted, and any deviation from this is considered a crime or, worse, an act o 3.5 stars or 7 10A stylish addition to the dystopian future genre in the tradition of Orwell s 1984 Juli Zeh s version looks at society in the mid 21st century a society completely obsessed with health, which has spawned a new political system The Method which requires citizens to comply with daily exercise, abstain from tobacco, alcohol etc This is all tracked through accessing the data chip every citizen has implanted, and any deviation from this is considered a crime or, worse, an act of terrorism.The book opens with the main character, Mia, grieving the death of her brother, who fell foul of the system What follows is then an account of Mia, previously an advocate of The Method, gradually and grudgingly taking up the fight against the system.I liked the way this book was written in its omniscient narrator style, not a method I usually warm to The interaction between Mia and Kramer, the arch villain of the book, are done very well, and to me were reminiscent of 1984 s Winston Smith and O Brien Overall, it was a very enjoyable read, and a very credible nightmare vision for the future of Western society The only frustrating thing, at least to me, was that the central event of the novel the death of Mia s brother s girlfriend is never explained adequately I guess I should just accept that the reader has to make up their own mind about this, but I am the sort of reader who always wants to know these things for sure This is the second book I have read by Juli Zeh translated from the German , the other being Dark Matter I have enjoyed both, and will be looking for

  7. Damon says:

    A dystopia in the true sense a satire funny and poignant Well paced, this book avoids boredom by refusing to waste time with world building.

  8. Britta Böhler says:

    A modern version of Orwell s 1984, combined with themes from Kafka s classic The Trial, the novel published in 2010 depicts a totalitarian society where health is sacred and the belief in science absolute The story is fast paced and combines a scifi setting with a crime story which works really well The book raises important questions about individual rights vs state power and the matter of state imposed health is highly relevant today given our increasing obsession with a healthy lifest A modern version of Orwell s 1984, combined with themes from Kafka s classic The Trial, the novel published in 2010 depicts a totalitarian society where health is sacred and the belief in science absolute The story is fast paced and combines a scifi setting with a crime story which works really well The book raises important questions about individual rights vs state power and the matter of state imposed health is highly relevant today given our increasing obsession with a healthy lifestyle

  9. Rein says:

    The books is advertised as a dystopian science fiction novel, but what it resemblesis a philosophical treatise, presented in the form of a polylogue between people with various convictions and backgrounds, which make the thoughts three dimensional The story is there only to give their positions weight This is something Western philosophy has done since Plato and should dooften But, understandably, if you decide to read Plato or Berkeley s Hylas and Philonous, for example for t The books is advertised as a dystopian science fiction novel, but what it resemblesis a philosophical treatise, presented in the form of a polylogue between people with various convictions and backgrounds, which make the thoughts three dimensional The story is there only to give their positions weight This is something Western philosophy has done since Plato and should dooften But, understandably, if you decide to read Plato or Berkeley s Hylas and Philonous, for example for their narrative qualities, you may not understand why other people think so highly of them For me, it was the other way round Some of the plotpoints toward the end almost got a star off this book, but then I decided to keep it, as the philosophy, the language and also the anchoring of various thoughts in human types was so much better than f ex the thought experiments of quite a few highly acclaimed moral philosophers who present us with much worse stuff under the guise of academic philosophy So quite clearly, this is not the book to be picked up at random and definitely not one for a reader of science fiction, which probably explains many of the relatively low marks given to it by other readers And clearly it is not for a tired evening after lots of work This is the second book I ve read by Juli Zeh the first was Dark Matter, which I also liked a lot , and I hope to read

  10. Ryandake says:

    i really wanted to like this book better than i did.maybe this was just the runt of the litter cause Zeh has been gathering all kinds of critical attention and kudos, and i thought wow, maybe this will be that rare kind of sf that not only shows us a possible future, but does it in a way that makes us re think the present.the setup certainly has some eerie resonances with the present in this future, the state has taken a very personal interest in individuals health and who could argue with i really wanted to like this book better than i did.maybe this was just the runt of the litter cause Zeh has been gathering all kinds of critical attention and kudos, and i thought wow, maybe this will be that rare kind of sf that not only shows us a possible future, but does it in a way that makes us re think the present.the setup certainly has some eerie resonances with the present in this future, the state has taken a very personal interest in individuals health and who could argue with good health why shouldn t a state, which after all ends up footing a lot of the bill for people s bad habits, try to nudge the citizenry toward better habits interestingly, just when i started reading this book, there was a NYT editorial advising that doctors insist their patients over 50 all take low dose aspirin for the prevention of heart disease, stroke, etc so let no one say this state interest is just over the top implausible and here in scenic california, at least among certain strata of society, nasty habits like smoking have certainly taken a legislative and sociological beating so, the stage is certainly set for The Method.but the book itself is like one of those minimalist stage plays with scarves on the stage representing rivers and the people are just as one dimensional our heroine, Mia, and her adversary Kramer are as unidimensional as can be it s not as if Mia is a living, breathing, quirky, idiosyncratic character in a lunatic setting, which at least might have been interesting nope, she s as flat as the stage set, and so is her nemesis.sometimes in satire this is not only functional but necessary, but that s not the case here this book is not satire it takes itself deadly serious in its very manichean examination of freedom vs the state in fact, nearly everything in this book is either or, and the problem is that the eithers are not necessarily natural opposites in short, there s a lot of contrivance in this book contrived situations, contrived opposites, contrived dialogue.it s the last that really makes this book a hard slog the characters argue at the meta level in their white rooms, none really affecting the other s viewpoints because, well, how could they humans interact and these aren t humans.i bought another of her books In Free Fall A Novel and i am sincerely hoping this one is better, less a set piece andof an examination cause beyond the age of fifteen or so, one really doesn t need to see the armies of Black and White duke it out been there, done that, and in fact i think i read it better done even when i was fifteen