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Alas, Babylon
Alas Babylon
Author: Pat Frank
Those fateful words heralded the end. When the unthinkable nightmare of nuclear holocaust ravaged the United States, it was instant death for tens of millions of people; for survivors, it was a nightmare of hunger, sickness, and brutality. Overnight, a thousand years of civilization were stripped away.  — But for one small Florida town, spar...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780060931391
ISBN-10: 0060931396
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 336
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4.1 stars, based on 98 ratings
Publisher: Perennial Classics
Book Type: Paperback
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I read Alas Babylon and thought my how things change. Comparing it to todays' doomsday books (The Road, In the Country of Lost Things, Zombie Survival Guide, etc), this book actually believed we could rise above our baser instincts and pull together to survive. Heck, they even seemed to improve their life being isolated like that, and naturally the commies started it but we won so that's a "plus". I have a remembrance of the whole bunker mentality, the duck and cover school drills. I found it interesting that the author decided to make it a livable existence if not even idyllic in the long run. Whereas, a few generations removed, it seems that today, everybody assumes the world will end but those that survive will be cave dwelling, isolationists bent on fearing what they don't know and killing what they do. I know that this book was a turn around OPEN YOUR EYES breakthrough at the time and I guess as long as there are people walking the planet, there will be fear of the unknown BOOM that takes it all away. But this fella actually made me kind of wish I lived in the surviving community
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WHAT an amazing book. It was written in like, 1959 I think, but so applicable for today! Great character development- and looks at the idea of how would people survive if we were hit with a nuclear bomb? I am not a sci-fi person, but this is awesome! Doesn't 'come off' like a sci-fi, but just a really good book looking at survival.
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Eerie read. A little heavy on mundane details but heavy on shock value.
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Originally published in 1959, I first read this book as a Florida High School student in 1962. This was right after the Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba. I remember flights of military planes flying south and the reports of US Army build-up on the Florida Keys. "Alas Babylon" could have happened at that point in real life. The book covers a time in central Florida when Atomic Bombs were dropped on Major US cities. The characters could see the cloud of the one dropped on Jacksonville and knew of Miami and Atlanta being bombed. This is the story of their life during a short few years after the bombs dropped. It still has a poignant plot that can be assigned to todays turmoil. A really good read.
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This is one of my favorite books of all time. I loved the story 20 years ago and I still love it. Good writing, great characters and it could have happened.
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I think I'd rate this book as "pretty good". Not the best post-apocalypse book I've ever read, but not the worst either. It seems to give a pretty realistic view of the world after an atomic attack from Russia, though there are some bits of "dues ex machina" - e.g. the solution to needing salt and how they find other supplies. It was interesting and taught me a few things about radiation that I didn't know. Overall, an easy quick read if you like post-apocalype books. I still liked I Am Legend and The Cell better though.
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Although this story is much less dire than "On the Beach", it still brings home the reality of a potential nuclear war, as residents in a small town in Florida look for ways to survive in their new life without electricity or other modern conveniences and while trying to stay clear of radiation and contaminated materials. Highly recommended.