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On the Beach
On the Beach
Author: Nevil Shute
ISBN: 3721

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reviewed On the Beach on + 717 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 12
I have owned this book 25-30 years; it is part of my permanent collection. It is one of the most riveting books I have ever read, and I have read it at least a half dozen times. It takes the reader into the lives and thoughts of a handful of people in Australia. Australian inhabitants are among the last survivors in the world after nuclear war. How the final survivors deal with the last days of their lives-- store their garden furniture for a spring they will never see, drain oil from cars up on blocks they will never drive again, put hay in fields for cattle that will momentarily outlive them. And finally, make decisions about passing with sicker spouses and family members, or outlining them for a tiny moment. After facilitating the end of the world, the various world governments thoughtfully provide little red boxes, free of charge, with a painless pill to free yourself of radiation sickness. And of course, an equally painless syringe, so you can also put down your pets--and kids.
Cattriona avatar reviewed On the Beach on + 200 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
Telling the story of a group of post-nuclear war citizens in Australia, this book is both frightening and horrifying. They try to come to terms with what has happened and what is to come, while at the same time living in a dichotomy, with one couple planning out their garden in one conversation, and how to end their lives with cyanide in the next. This book is much darker than "Alas, Babylon" but is a classic and the mental images Shute creates will stay with you for life. Highly recommended.
tish avatar reviewed On the Beach on + 384 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
i have read this book and seen the movie a number of times and never get over the images of people on the edge at the end of the world.
if you ever read this you will be more gentle with the world and look for peace everytwhere...and will never forget about the coke bottle
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Helpful Score: 1
This is both one of the best and one of the saddest books I have read in my lifetime. The lives of a number of people are followed in the last year of their lives, after nuclear war. What they eat, how they tell their children, parents, pets and homes good-bye. I was drawn directly into their lives.
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This is a famous book about the period right after the nuclear Armegeddon. It is a bit dated to the 50's-60's, but is a very good story.
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From the back cover:

A wold-wide nuclear war-launched by accident-leaves only a handful of survivors. They hope for a miracle, but they know they are doomed.

How does a person live when he knows how he is going to die? Some carry on as usual...a few destroy themselves in a last mad grasp at life.

A shocker. "The most important novel of the atomic age. if you read only one book a year, this should be the one."-Washing Post

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