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On the Beach by Nevil Shute
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Jun 05, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: novel, eschatology
Recommended to Maureen by: a high closet shelf
Recommended for: everyone
Read in January, 1959

When I was young, I had a talent for finding the books that my parents tried to hide and reading them. The first time I read this book, I think I was around nine or ten. It had caused a great sensation when it first came out, leading to the building of more bomb shelters in people's basements and the like. I did not have a basement, so I dug my own bomb shelter in my back yard, fueled by the conviction that the end was near.

I thought that this was a terrifying book as a child, so I went back and read it as an adult. It had even more of an effect on me then. Not in the same way, exactly, but now I am more cognizant of the fact that these days, whether from cancer or AIDS or some other debilitating condition, many people can see the black cloud on their horizon, drifting ever nearer.

Shute is a very good writer. I have enjoyed reading others of his books, but I think this is the best one.
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