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Thanks for the comments everyone. ( Log Out /  The Death of Grass. It may be cosy, but as catastrophes go I found its images of waters lapping up an abandoned London, and of an alien invasion in which we are outclassed to the point that they barely bother interacting with us, very powerful.  US$14.00, US$10.29 0 likes . The Death of Grass (1956) has been praised highly by trusted sources on the blogosphere, and so when I learned that Penguin were to reissue the book as a Modern Classic, my curiosity was all the more piqued. This study guide contains the following sections: Plot Summary; Chapters; Characters; Objects/Places.  US$16.90, US$6.49 The back cover of a 1970 film tie-in edition proclaims that the book “invites comparison with the novels of John Wyndham.” OK, here we go then: it’s not as good as the novels of John Wyndham. All Right Reserved.  US$17.75, US$11.52 Thanks Martyn.  US$12.64, US$10.61 Is this Wyndham with tongue in cheek? Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your account. For years now, we’ve treated the land as though it were a piggy-bank, to be raided.  US$10.78, US$11.17  US$11.70, US$9.99 Thanks for exploring this SuperSummary Plot Summary of “Leaves Of Grass” by Walt Whitman. His crises were never the stuff of pulp SF, but were somehow all the more real because of their low-key nature. ( Log Out /  Funny you should mention After London, as I know I’ve read about it somewhere very recently, but I’m damned if I can remember where. Their travels coincide with the swift development of barbarism and violence among the British people. A chilling psychological thriller and one of the greatest post-apocalyptic novels ever written, The Death of Grass shows people struggling to hold on to their identities as the familiar world disintegrates - and the terrible price they must pay for surviving. Please try again","bd_saving_percent_off":"{0}%
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A modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, SuperSummary offers high-quality study guides that feature detailed chapter summaries and analysis of major themes, characters, quotes, and essay topics.  US$12.64, US$10.09 Change ), You are commenting using your Google account.  US$14.22, US$16.68  US$14.00, US$10.51  US$19.75, US$20.68 It started with a pile of corpses, and it’s going to end with a pile of corpses. A great review – my expectations are lowered slightly, but I am still looking forward to reading it. Copyright © 2014-2020. | 157g, Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-, Vol. Depending on the study guide provider (SparkNotes, Shmoop, etc. I do like my apocalypse/last days novels, and this, although imbued with the ‘cosiness’ referenced above, genuinely packs a punch. My review is not glowing because the book is, as indicated above, not well written. I read the book when 11 and it blew my tiny mind… I didn’t notice the faults you point out then, of course (although I think the Chink stuff might have registered – I was a very right-on child). Yes, The Kraken Wakes is interesting, sort of Triffids-by-Sea. I’ve just picked up John Wyndham’s “Kraken Wakes” (very interesting in the context of sea-level rise; have you read “After London” by Richard Jefferies, on a similar theme, by the way?) It was here John, I mentioned After London in the context of a discussion in your comments section about the impact of epublishing, noting that I had an ecopy but had ordered a POD version anyway as I was enjoying it and there are still real benefits to the printed word.  US$22.00, US$8.82 Among the summaries and analysis available for The Death of Grass, there Is it an easy read John? I think it’s definitely satirical, of dinner party conversation, of those who think they’re plugged into some ral truth the rest of us are too dumb to see, of a certain kind of English insularity too.  US$14.22, US$13.93 Was Wyndham a proto-feminist? I have a great respect for him as a common-sense thinker, but his take on Communism, and Communist Russia in particular, verges on the rabid.  US$17.75, US$7.55 Extraordinarily bleak stuff.  US$16.99, US$12.90 At the moment I’m working on a series of reprints of Bertrand Russell from the same period.  US$12.64, US$6.68 Leaves of Grass is a collection of poetry written over Walt Whitman's entire lifetime organized thematically into sections. We found no such entries for this book title. John Christopher (1922-2012) was the pen name of Samuel Youd, a prolific writer of science fiction. ), the resources below will generally offer The Death of Grass chapter summaries, quotes, and analysis of themes, characters, and symbols. ‘Did you ever see those old pictures of the rabbit plagues in Australia? is 1 Short Summary. In common with others, I read “Grass” during my teens in the late 60s, and it had a profound effect upon me. The book is also suitably depressing, particularly with environmental and social breakdown seeming ever more relevant topics. Death in the Long Grass Summary & Study Guide includes comprehensive information and analysis to help you understand the book. John Christopher, whose real name is Samuel Youd and who is in his 87th year, has written around 70 novels under several different names. Sites like SparkNotes with a The Death of Grass study guide or cliff notes. Leaves Of Grass Summary. None of them have been of much use to me yet, but you never know …, Anyway, on the strength of your review (and that of Tom C, linked above), I’m going to re-read “Grass”. That’s Hong Kong right now, except that it’s not rabbits piled against the fence but human beings.’. I’d be really fascinated to look at it again, especially after reading this.  US$13.00, US$7.36 1 (light novel), Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-, Vol. I don’t know if you heard the serialised Radio Four dramatisation recently, but I felt it baldly exposed the rather clunky dialogue. His later work, like ‘Camp Concentration’, is much more layered, allusive and intriguing. x 198 Any more info on Disch, by the way?  US$17.00, US$13.35 There is also the occasional nice image, as in one character’s anticipation of remembrance: There will be legends, he thought, of broad avenues celestially lit, of the hurrying millions who lived together without plotting each other’s deaths, of railway trains and aeroplanes and motor-cars, of food in all its diversity.  US$15.81, US$12.32 I don’t necessarily mind a slight lack of literary quality, but I do if it’s associated with excessive length or a turgid style. Available. Dispatched from the UK in 1 business day 14 (light novel), Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-, Vol. I just ordered this yesterday having read a review in the Guardian. 13 (light novel), re:Zero Starting Life in Another World, Vol. Glad to have been of service! My only knowledge of Christopher’s work was his Tripods series, which will be known to many people around my age from the TV adaptation in the 1980s. The Death of Grass (1956) has been praised highly by trusted sources on the blogosphere, and so when I learned that Penguin were to reissue the book as a Modern Classic, my curiosity was all the more piqued. 8 (light novel), Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-, Vol. 12 (light novel). My review here, and thanks for bringing the book to my attention, The characterisation is better and the mood uniformly cold. You can always rely on McCarthy for a cheerful and uplifting summer read….  US$26.99, US$9.99  US$22.00, US$12.00 The moral voice of the narrative is contained in one paragraph early in the book, when a character says: ‘In a way, I think it would be more right for the virus to win, anyway. Publisher: Penguin Published: //2009 The Chung-Li virus has devastated Asia, wiping out the rice crop and leaving riots and mass starvation in its wake. Whitman revised and added to the book throughout his life, the final edition being published only months before his death in 1891. In fact, I think that is probably what Wyndham was writing about. Sam, it’s out today, and should be widely available.  US$19.75, US$11.19 With this knowledge of death, Whitman flees to the shores and the swamps and “ghostly pines so still.” There, the gray-bird found him and it sang “the carol of death, and a verse for him I love.” The bird’s song is a call to death, to come and soothe him. Most of all, perhaps, of policemen – custodians, without anger or malice, of a law that stretched to the ends of the earth.


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