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The Death of Grass by John Christopher
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May 02, 2012

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If you keep in mind that this was written in the 1950s, and read it in that context, it makes a pretty good read. It does a good job of capturing some significant elements of post-war British politics and culture. The main problem is, it hasn't aged well.

The characters are very stereotypical for the 1950s: the men are the brave, calculating warriors; the women are all rather pathetic and highly emotional. What does make this an interesting read is that none of the characters are particularly likeable, and I found myself returning to the book with little interest in the development of events, but more with a morbid curiosity as to who would end up dead!

The plot is well thought out, and that helps to overcome the lack of sympathy for the characters, and the writing style is good enough to not hinder the plot.

As apocalyptic novels go, this is certainly readable, but is by no means up there with the best. It's certainly not a patch on any of the Wyndham books, Nation's "Survivors", or Maddaford's "Nostalgia", to name but a few.
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