2050, Paris n'est plus qu'un torrent de violences, le terrain de jeu de fanatiques déchus. L'air n'est plus respirable. Les hologrammes ont remplacé les hommes. Le travail n'est plus que le privilège de quelques-uns. Sous l'hégémonie de Dame Consommation, il est devenu interdit de fabriquer et réparer.
Ce livre est un signal d'alerte. Il est futuriste sans être fantaisiste. Un livre terrifiant de vérités aux premières pages et saisissant d'espoir aux dernières. Un très beau roman d'anticipation, empli d'humanité. Un bel appel au vivre ensemble et au retour à l'autosuffisance.
The Shamed Socialite is the story of Trish Lovejoy, a young woman who has had her full share of parental love as well as a great wealth of material possessions. With all this, Trish lacks one thing, and knows it: a knowledge of the lives of people who are poorer than she is on an ordinary, day-to-day level. Trish, like most of us, has a vague awareness of the needs of our impoverished citizens. What she does not realize is that poverty does not merely deprive those citizens of pleasant luxuries; it actually becomes a grinding-down process that produces people who are little better than animals in their basic drives.
Trish begins by bluntly informing her wealthy and socially prominent parents that she is rejecting their upper-class world because she believes it is aimless and hypocritical. She moves from her Park Avenue home to the ghetto district. She sincerely thinks she is going to help the less fortunate whom she considers the "real" people of the world. And once there, her great beauty, dedication and obvious refinement make her an alluring and natural target for a great diversity of ghetto characters.