New Novel’s Utopian Quest Personified by Youth is Tested by Factors of the Past

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Author George Dallal’s “The Breakthrough” paints a convincing portrait of Utopia in the near future and leavens it with concerns about the Unknown

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On the year 2008, the United States experiences a second economic depression. On the heels of the last one several years back, it becomes the turning point to a rolling series of economic catastrophes that would eventually engulf the world. Seen through the eyes of a young, beautiful woman named Nicole, who enjoys the benefits of an almost perfected, clean, energy efficient society in 2050 and reviewed by the narrative of her retired grandfather who experienced the decades-long cataclysm before The Breakthrough, George Dallal paints a limpid portrait of how humanity stalls in its headlong flight into technological progress and finally dampens its freewheeling spirit and “lowers” its expectations to accommodate the basic strength of nature that is virtually free for mankind to use.

George Dallal envisions nothing less than Utopia as dictated by the United States’ current history. The Breakthrough is about a new method of extracting energy from the sun (GSE or Great Solar Energy in this book). In 2040, history had reached the bottom of economic and industrial tragedy. Oil, the great commodity which fueled the rise of mankind’s standards of living and consumption in the 20th century, has been depleted from all of the earth’s reserves. In 2046 GSE is discovered and the quietened fires of industry, now converted to the clean, efficient fuel form, regains its form, goes beyond it and fuels breakthroughs in standards of living, in communications, transportation and health. As the first part of the book deals with tragedy, the second, which is Nicole’s personal story, deals with the completion of political Utopia with the redaction or healing of the last continent afflicted by the malaise of disunity and violence, Africa.

The Utopian couple of Nicole and John, her boyfriend is now a commonly experienced ideal. Influenced by the Good Samaritan of Port Hope, Ontario named Joseph Scriven, their knowing that their immediate world (Canada and America) has become a human paradise where love blooms fully without strain drives them to find the most problematic portion of the world and try to remake it in the image of their native society. Thus they will be party to the plight of the least of the world’s brethren. Will they, a new breed of humans who know only of pain and strife in the history of old men and books, be prepared for the contingencies, the unknown factors that might lead to social unrest in Utopia’s future? Lacking the flexibility of people educated by “hard knocks,” will George Dallal’s ideal people survive the test of a past still alive in Africa?

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About the Author
George Dallal worked in the financial industry as a senior banker and CEO of many banks. He is married to Maria Elissa and has three children. His daughter is married and has two children. His eldest son works in the financial industry. Bassem, the youngest son, died in Toronto in 2001 at age of seventeen, a few days before starting his first year at college.

The Breakthrough * by George Dallal
Publication Date: October 26, 2012
Trade Paperback; $15.99; 95 pages; 978-1-4797-2307-2
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