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Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
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Jan 09, 12

Read from January 05 to 09, 2012

In some ways haunting and well written, this book is nonetheless probably best read as an artifact of its time. There's enough sexism and racism in here to gag a wide-grinnin' negro farmer's daughter, the dialogue all sounds the same, and the plot is a little to idyllic for the protagonist and his charges. Still, read through the lens of the Cold War, some of these shortcomings are forgivable, and with the threat of nuclear war looming ever larger, the warning note struck herein remains important.
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Calley One of my favorite books. I still have my very tattered, stained, coverless copy from high school :)


David Mahaffey Calley wrote: "One of my favorite books. I still have my very tattered, stained, coverless copy from high school :)"

I'm surprised I haven't gotten to it before now. It's one of my favorite genres.


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