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Worthwhile checking out if you want something different than the usual cozy apocalypse. He surely had a sort of fetishism towards volcanoes. The endless pages of Jeffson meeting up with boat after boat full of dead men and then going from city to city to city to city There has been an Eve spared to match his Adam.
The influence, of course, can be felt in Lovecraft’s Mountain of Madness but Shiel’s story really is more of a morality tale than anything else and consequently pulls back from producing any real overt sense of horror. Sometimes for three, four, minutes the profound interest of what I read would fix my mind, and then I would peruse an entire column, or two, without consciousness of the sense of one phrase, my brain all drawn away to the innumerable troops that camped about me, to musing on the question of whether they might stand, and accuse me: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
Jeffson’s first impulse is to murder the innocent girl.
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It deserves to be noted for that fact alone. Written as an intermittent diary, this is one of the first and perhaps the finest of “last man” novels. By this tale Adam Jeffson judges mankind, and finds it wanting after-the-fact. The long lists of details and plans, while initially fascinating, gradually grow tedious. Sep 23, Guy rated it liked it Shelves: In addition, the main character – never a ‘good’ person to start with, goes mad.
Eventually, Jeffson gets around to burning Istanbul and inadvertently frees the only other human survivor – Leda. After that, like the purple cloud, it turned quite deadly. He embarks on an epic journey across a silent and devastated planet, an apocalyptic Robinson Crusoe putting together the semblance of a normal life from the flotsam and jetsam of his former existence.
Typically novels from this time period that were intended for periodicals are extended beyond endurance and it took great strength to battle through the tedious middle section of this novel to reach the last section where he meets his Eve.
Stories from this time period love having some sort of introductory framing device. Ice and the English Imagination: He also goes through exhilarative feelings of absolute dominion over the earth, and begins to relish destroying whatever he can.
When he returns to the ship, expecting to be greeted by the cheers of the ship’s crew, he finds all hands dead. Want to Read Currently Reading Purpurrea. Los brincos espacio-temporales, el abuso de las enumeraciones y las descripciones recargadas, la escas Pese a contar con un buen punto de partida, esta novela me ha ido creando un problema tras otro, hasta el njbe que estaba deseando terminarla y pasar a otra cosa.
I read this book because of Michael Chabon’s excellent review of The Road, in which Chabon undertakes a brief survey of the post-apocalyptic genre, and I finished it with a shrug.
It’s hard to classify this book, really — it doesn’t feel like any sort of science fiction, though the post-apocalyptic theme is very sci-fi. The story begins to really get interesting when after burning Constantinople he comes across a young woman.
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Even if we are forced to recognize the ambition of Shiel’s imagination and the book’s place at the leading chronological edge of its type, we ppurpurea still politely reserve judgment on his craftsmanship. Jeffson’s great labor is arson. Jan 13, Joe Santoro rated it did not like it Shelves: This is the shortest version, and was photo-offset in Volume I of A. As an historical amusement certainly one has to give Shiel credit for producing, at times, a hypnotic and uneasy novel about the last man on earth, yet one can’t help but be dismayed that his writing indulges and tends to meander to the point of exhaustion.
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It all makes perfect sense given Adam’s situation, but for the reader it’s often like getting one’s head stuck in a honeypot without a hammer to effect escape. I will return to London I admit to some serious skimming at the end. purpura
Jeffson remembers a man he met in college who claimed that two great powers–one Black and one White–were in competition for the Earth. Why not burn it all if there’s no one left to appreciate it? It chronicles one purpyrea discovery that he ppurpurea the last man on earth. Prior to our modern era of Science Fiction there were a mere handful of novels about the Last Man so one can’t dismiss his work.