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The Last Man by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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Jan 14, 2008

liked it

I had forgotten how much I like her writing style. It was driven home to me as I toured parts of Bavaria how much I enjoy Gothic literature (as in late 1700's - early 1800's, which would technically put it during the Gothic Revival phase of architecture) and how much I can't stand Gothic sculpture. The pathos and dismay as the world unravels around the protagonist forms the center of this novel, and it works. Not perfectly, as the death of several of his companions is glossed over as if it meant nothing to him, and some bits do drag on, but over all a good read (if not necessarily a fun one).

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