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Al bebe de fuentes como E. The last quarter of the book brings it down to one star. Wells y Jack London, algo que se nota a lo largo de la historia. The descriptions of ship after ship, city after city become tedious, and some of the action seems beyond the means of the characters described.
His legal surname remained “Shiell” though he adopted the shorter version as a de facto pen name.
This is one of those books that has a great premise post-apocalypse, last man alivebut is ponderous to read. I admit to some serious skimming at the end. His going about the towns looking for survivors or naming all the type puurpurea ships he comes across on the ocean, is stifling The beginning of this book began fairly well with an expedition to the North Pole.
I also think that man alone is a terrible torture to oneself for we are a social creature and the author portrays that very well. It’s not what the modern reader is at all accustomed to, and must have been unusual even for a late Victorian work. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but Shiel certainly flogs the details at times to fill up an already slender story.
This one has to be the most convoluted I’ve encountered: A sample of Adam’s narration: 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. The novel is unfortunately abundantly filled with more than useless information as if Shiel were some cataloger of culture, engines, equipment and clothes and it is this tendency that truly drags the work down.
I really loved it, truly an excellent novel to read when overhead lines have come down and your train is stuck in a long queue just outside London.
The mass death as a result of inhaling poisonous purple fumes prefigures the weaponisation of gas during the First World War. I suppose at the time perhaps the concept of being the last man on Earth and what that would do to one’s mind was uniqu Yeah, so half this book consists of the main character, the last man on Earth, wondering the wonder and blowing stuff up. Refresh and try again. This lurpurea the longest version, and is considered by many to be the preferred text.
DR – Ignore the minor flaws; sup at the table of dementia, and be amazed.
Many expeditions are mounted before Jeffson’s crew heads north and they all fail luckily for mankind. Return to Book Page.
What if those spiteful ashes were deadly poisonous? Jeffson’s fiance, Clodagh, is ambitious and murderous and contrives to poison one of the expedition members – her cousin – so that Jeffson can join the party. The Purple cloud is full of visionary suggestions but it is not made of only that. For some inexplicable reason, the North Pole, which bears no resemblance whatsoever to the Garden of Eden in the Bible, has become associated with that place and the idea behind The Purple Cloud is that if anyone every reaches the Pole and enters the forbidden territory once again, then all of mankind will be wiped out.
Only he has been spared. May 23, Alfred Searls rated it it was amazing Shelves: I feel the author captured the human spirit very well in his characters. We can also wonder if the book will survive as much more than an academic curio.
I suppose at the time perhaps the concept of being the last man on Earth and what that would do to one’s mind was unique, but it’s been done far, far better since. The first quarter of the book is a Polar Expedition narrative.
Honestly this is the most tedious and patience trying portion of the book. But when he returns, by luck, determination and aching misadventure, he slowly comes to realize that all of humanity — indeed, nearly all land life — has been exterminated by a cyanide cloud from massive eruptions in the East. Jeffson’s madness is believable in the context of realizing he’s the only human being left on the planet.