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Fixed Period

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Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope is a thought-provoking and controversial novel that takes place in a future society where individuals are required to retire and be euthanized at the age of seventy. The story follows the protagonist, Gabriel Crasweller, as he grapples with the impending Fixed Period deadline approaching for himself and his wife.

Trollope skillfully delves into complex ethical and moral questions surrounding aging, death, and individual freedoms. The concept of a mandatory retirement age raises important discussions about the role of government in regulating personal choices and the value of a person's life.

The characters are well-developed and the narrative is engaging, keeping the reader invested in Gabriel's internal struggles and the societal debates that unfold. Trollope's writing is eloquent and thought-provoking, challenging readers to consider their own beliefs and values on aging and end-of-life decisions.

Overall, Fixed Period is a gripping and thought-provoking read that will stay with readers long after they finish the book. It is a timely exploration of a complex and divisive issue that continues to be relevant in today's society.

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This book is set in 1980 in the Republic of Britannula, which is a fictional island near New Zealand. It deals with euthanasia as a radical solution to the problem of the aged. The novel is in the form of a personal account written by the President of Britannula about the island's recent history. It has often been said that when the book came out Trollope had reached the age of 67. Interesting is the fact that this is the exact age at which all Britannulans are required by law to retire from their worldly affairs and begin a year of preparation for death.

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