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Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
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Apr 19, 2007

it was ok
Recommended for: end of the world enthusiast, classical readers
Read in April, 2007

I picked this book up because both Liz and Eve read it, and I'm a sheep like that.

The first third of the book is waiting for the horrors of nuclear war to happen, and then the last two thirds are about how, with enough American Ingenuity, Johnny American can survive the best that those dirty Ivans can throw at us! Hurrah!

So. Even though I found the book painfully dated, (it was written in 1959,) it was an easy enough read, with likable enough characters, and some truly stunning scenes where I had to stop my friends and read to them some of the better passages. (Mostly the middle bits of the book where the bombs were going off, that was beautifully written.)

I'm now in the process of reading On The Beach, to have a better opinion on how nuclear war was perceived in the 1950's and 1960's.
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Mark Carver Overall, Alas, Babylon was weak and trite. On the Beach is the only book I've ever read that made me cry.

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