Utopia, Book 1
The Paul Turner translation (which is way easier to read than the free editions of the book which are based on an expired-copyright 1901 translation) is divided into two books.
The first book has next to nothing in it about Utopia itself. It’s about Thomas More, Raphael, and some other guys sitting around and talking philosophy. In this, it reminds me of the commonly used Ashkenazi Passover Haggadah, which doesn’t actually tell the story of Exodus, but instead features a bunch of rabbis talking among themselves about it. This is a narrative approach which apparently used to be popular, but has now gone out of style.
What do they talk about? Primarily:
- Raphael’s career options and why he doesn’t want a job
- The proper punishment for theft
- The economics of England, especially the sheep industry