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Anita Pomerantz
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
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On the Beach tells the stories of five individuals in the wake of World War III. The world has basically been destroyed by nuclear fallout as a result of the war, but Australia remained unscathed. Initially. But the trade winds are blowing the radiation clouds closer and closer, and Shute's story deals with the human reactions to not only knowing that you are going to die (which we all know), but knowing when and how.
I loved that he didn't turn it into a book about the scramble to try to save on
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Bea
Mar 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did not think I wanted to read one more bleak book and yet I was scheduled to read On the Beach which was published in 1957 and listed as post-apolytical.

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.
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Tien
Oct 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Post Apocalyptic world set in the 50s – how funky is that?! We have got nuclear bombs being dropped all over the place and the world is dying slowly from nuclear radiation.

This book is mostly set in & around Melbourne, one of the most southern metropolitan city and therefore, due to wind direction, one of the last to die. The story opens on New Year’s Day with the expected TOD (Time of Death) being sometime in September. We follow a number of characters with their own way of coping with th
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Rachel
Jan 28, 2016 rated it liked it
A nuclear war occurred in the northern hemisphere and the radiation is slowly spreading south and it will eventually kill everyone on Earth. The book focuses on four main characters, married couple Peter and Mary Holmes, submarine captain Dwight Towers and Moira Davidson. The book opens with the characters knowing they have less than a year left to live. For a book about the end of civilization the first 180 or so page were incredibly boring. Nobody does much of anything. I also find it hard to ...more
Sam
May 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
A brilliant and well written look into a post apocalyptic future following the nuclear fallout of World War 3 that has destroyed the Northern Hemisphere and left the Southern Hemisphere waiting for the radiation to reach them. This is a very human story focusing not on the usual action filled survival of the fittest that often dominates these kinds of stories but instead focuses on the survivors themselves as they try to continue their lives as normally as possible before the 'sickness' reaches ...more
Nicole
Feb 04, 2010 rated it liked it
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Interesting look at what might happen if countries did go to nuclear war. The book was written in Australia in the 60s, following the war when the rest of the world is slowly dying off from nuclear fall out. It posses the question, how would you live your final days if you knew they were coming?
Tank
Nov 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Claire Fun
Jan 26, 2011 rated it liked it
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