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The Death of Grass by John Christopher
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Jul 02, 2012

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Very good post-apocalyptic novel that realistically depicts the break-down of society in the wake of a global disaster. In this 1956 obscure but classic sci-fi thriller, the breakdown is caused by a virus that annihilates all grasses on earth. But while civilization devolves into dog-eat-dog, I couldn't help thinking how our protagonists were so damn polite about it. Every time they took a savage reaction they would verbally explain it to others. I guess that's the British for you. But seriously, I think we would have a compulsion to explain ourselves even in the midst of catastrophe. After all, civilization may go down fast but it doesn't go down easy.

Nonetheless, this is one of the earlier and best of the 50s post-apocalyptic novels. highly recommended. Three and a half stars.
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July 2, 2012 – Started Reading
July 2, 2012 – Shelved
July 2, 2012 – Shelved as: science-fiction
July 4, 2012 – Finished Reading

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