On the Beach
After a nuclear World War III has destroyed most of the globe, the few remaining survivors in southern Australia await the radioactive cloud that is heading their way and bringing certain death to everyone in its path. Among them is a...more
So, what did I learn about the fifties from reading On the Beach? Well, for one, th...more
Nevil Shute's sharply perceptive understanding of Human emotions is pure genius (I would have written 'mastery' there but I understand in some lands that word can be considered offensive....in England, it is not....however, I have decline...more
Waarom dit boek nu gelezen, nee, zo is het niet, maar ik moest er onherroepelijk aan denken dezer dagen, heb het boek helaas niet meer. goede reden om het weer eens op te zoeken. Ik weet niet of ik me de kaft goed herinner, maar die onderzeeër, komt bekend voor.
Het verhaal, de wereld is verbrand, alleen Australië is nog leefbaar, maar een niets ontziende wolk met radioactieve straling komt langzaam die kant op....more
However, I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed this book. The story is about people and their relationships and the setting is in Australia. Cobalt bombs have been dropped in the Northern Hemisphere and the radiation is slowly spreading to the south. The Australians are predicted to start dying from radiation poisoning in August or September....more
That line from the old REM song pretty much sums up Nevil Shute's "On the Beach." The world has ended and everyone's pretty much OK with it.
Written in the late 50's and set in the near future of the early 60's, "On the Beach" finds World War III has come and gone. The final battle was set off by a misunderstanding with the bigger nuclear powers shooting first and asking questions later. The result is the northern hemisphere is gone, nuk...more
I was surprised not to see the expected evangelist hordes or epic demolition that typically follows in such stories. A week before the last survivors' deaths, the worst complaints are the street vendors "seem to have run down." Everyone just goes about their daily lives because they can't imagine anything else. An entire society is in denial about the world ending. t...more
One can only imagine the conversation between Cormac McCarthy and Nevil Shute.
Written in 1957, at the height of the Cold War, Shute also imagines a post-apocalyptic world. Nuclear war has annihilated the countries of the northern hemisphere* and the radioactive plume is working its way slowly down south, killing everyone in its path. By the luck of geography, Melbourne will be the last major city to survive.
An American submarine has made it intact to Melbourn...more
This is a hard book to pin down. It's not flashy or dynamic; we enter the book two years after the last bomb has fallen, with only about six months until the radiation clouds get to where the characters are living. There is a slow build up where we are introduced into the characters lives, and get to know them. They are all a...more
I thought that this was a terrifying book as a child, so I went back and...more
Kill them prior to its' appearance so they won't suffer? Kill yourself? What method would you use? What about pets? Morbid, but high school kids are like that. Now that I've read it again I just find it unbelieveably scary and sad-imagine the most helpless fe...more
The characters in the novel are largely one-dimension with little contrast and their interactions are superficial and or stereotypical. John is the lifelong geek who finally gets a thrill. Moira falls for Dwight based on a few half-drunk interactions; this kind of quick connection is the kind of poorly-earned romance typically found in bad movies. Mary is the stereotypical hous...more
Nevil Shute’s most powerful novel—a bestseller for decades after its 1957 publication—is an unforgettable vision of a post-apocalyptic world.
After a nuclear World War III has destroyed most of the globe, the few remaining survivors in southern Australia await the radioactive cloud that is heading their way and bringing certain death to everyone in its path. Among them is an American submarine captain struggling to resist the knowledge that his wife and children in the United States must be dea
The novel was adapted for the screenplay of a 1959 film featuring Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, and Fred Astaire, and a 2000 television film starring Armand Assante and Rachel Ward. BBC Radio 4 broadcast a full cast audio dramatisation in two hour-long episodes as part of their Classic Serial strand in November 2008.
The book take...more
Except it's way more interesting because everyone is about to die in a few months from radiation poisoning! YEAH!! Plus the sassy dame is funnier, nicer, and drinks even more!! I know, I know. Hemingway and all that. But it's my review and I can compare this book to some classic if I want to. Anyway I don't like Hemingway. Please take that as saying more about me and my literary idiocy than it says about Hemingway and cra...more
Having grown up in an era when possi...more
That said, this book is a very interesting take post-apocalypse: the Northern Hemisphere has died off in nuclear war and Australia, not involved in the fighting, is now waiting for the cloud of nuclear fall-out to drift South and kill them all, and nursing the increasingly doubtful hope of survival.
The plot occurs both on mainland Australia and on-board one of the l...more
L'histoire se passe donc en Australie, pays suffisamment éloigné pour gagner un petit laps de temps supplémentaire. Ainsi, au début du livre, il est annoncé qu'il leur reste encore 6 mois avant que les radiations n'atteignent finale...more