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But when he returns, by luck, determination and aching misadventure, he slowly comes to realize that all of humanity — indeed, nearly all land life — has been exterminated by a cyanide cloud from massive eruptions in th Written as an intermittent diary, this is one of the first and perhaps the finest of “last man” novels.

This book is amazingly entertaining and, by coincidence, extremely topical. In this respect it is advisable, as in almost all cases, not to read the introduction which vainly reveals the full story in few pages beforehand. Eventually, Jeffson gets around to burning Istanbul and inadvertently frees the only other human survivor – Leda. This story is a manuscript she ‘read’ while her consciousness was cast into the future.

As Jeffson wanders alone through the once great cities of the world, all now silent and dead, his sense of isolation and decent from malevolence into madness and back again is lovingly described by Shiel in a prose style that has held up well over the years. The last quarter of the book brings it down to one star.

First he discovers the odd corpses of animals There is a euphoric sense of utter freedom m I foolishly sold my copy of this marvelous book years ago and wish I had it back. There is a bit of philposphy at the end, but nothing worth suffering though the rest of the book for.

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I think it’s all well and good to describe fantastic occurrences, but when describing those of human nature, it is important to stay within the bounds of nature. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but Shiel certainly flogs the details at times to fill up an already slender story. Accompanying the letter was a notebook, which the hypnotist says contains a transcription of the trances of one of his patients.

I think it’s all well and good to des Shiel has a marvelous vocabulary – his sentences are beautiful, but the plot of this story bogs down midway. Being the novelist born in the isle of Montserrat, upsetted by a disastruous volcanic eruption some years ago, this passion can be understood. The devastation is total and heartbreaking. View all 7 comments.

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The discussion this morning around Day of the Triffids reminded me of this obscure and extremely bizarre novel, which I must have read when I was about ten or eleven.

He is remembered mostly for supernatural and scientific romances. I wonder why it never became that nubee worldwide. Dutcher rated it really liked it.

Trivia About The Purple Cloud. G Wells’ Highly suggested. The Purple Cloud ; remains his most famous and often reprinted novel. A very satisfying read, and a slender enough volume that it can be devoured in just a night or three of casual reading.

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La Nube Purpurea

Purpura brincos espacio-temporales, el abuso de las enumeraciones y las descripciones recargadas, la escas Pese a contar con un buen punto de partida, esta novela me ha ido creando un problema tras otro, hasta el punto que estaba deseando terminarla y purphrea a otra cosa. I about jumped for joy when he started to lose his mind and begin burning cities around the world starting with Oa, for at least it began to pick up once again.


I found this first part of the book to be quite entertaining And he certainly can tell a tale colourfully. Aug 01, Kay rated it liked it Shelves: His other labor is the building of a “palace” on the Greek isle of Imbros, which consumes 17 years.

Think Robinson Crusoe, if Robinson Crusoe had been sort of a psychopath to start with, and hadn’t been improved by being left alone on the earth. Shiel bebe de fuentes como E.

The first part of the story, the arctic sojourn and return to England, is much more compelling than the weird second part, which consists of Adam Jeffson’s fight with himself, years-long labors and indecision and wandering, wanton destruction of cities, and finally his encounter with the other last living person. The first third of the book which is devoted to the race to the Pole was quite interesting. But should he really start the purpufea race again? Only after reaching the North Pole did everything change.

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And as he makes his nuhe back to England, he finds nothing but dead men and women everywhere. The descriptions of ship after ship, city after city become tedious, and some of the action seems beyond the means of the characters described.

It really is a morality tale about the lost ways of Man and hints at the rebirth of Man with an awakened spirit.