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This book is amazingly entertaining and, by coincidence, extremely topical. He tries so hard to be plausible and scientific, even if, in order to do this, he is sometimes superficial, but these inconsistencies add some fun to the book. His “madness” and his discovery of “Eve” are eventful and reveal the heart of the novel. For some inexplicable reason, the North Pole, which bears no resemblance whatsoever to the Garden of Eden in the Bible, has become associated with that place and the idea behind The Purple Cloud is that if anyone every reaches the Pole and enters the forbidden territory once again, then all of mankind will be wiped out.
Jeffson remembers a man he met in college who claimed that two great powers–one Black and one White–were in competition for the Earth. Mar 13, Chris Laskey rated it liked it. Dutcher rated it really liked it.
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He is remembered mostly for supernatural and scientific romances. Among other things, Sutherland’s notes focus on the differences between this and other versions. But that’s not all, folks. Nybe descriptions of ship after ship, city after city become tedious, and some of the action seems beyond the means of the characters described. Shiel’s voice is strong enough to make up for some occasionally awkward flights of fancy.
It’s hard to classify this book, really — it doesn’t feel like any sort of science fiction, though the post-apocalyptic theme is very sci-fi. The expedition is the latest in a long series of failures by otherwise well led and well supplied efforts. I have to disagree with the ones saying that this novel is outmoded.
Only after reaching the North Pole did everything change. A sample of Adam’s narration: The endless pages of Jeffson meeting up with boat after boat full of dead men and then going from city to city to city to city For whatever reason, he has become the focus of these powers, guided by them to the Pole and throughout his life after the mass destruction.
Through no little tragedy, Jeffson win It’s a different “last man on earth” book, which focuses on a man who is going insane from the lack of people, and suspects he may be manipulated by one of two powers.
Mary Shelley’s novel “The Last Man” barely registers any chill as she really uses that novel as a biographical exercise and only in the last section does it bring forth its tale of end times. The Purple Cloud is one of the earliest “last man alive” stories in science fiction. What if those spiteful ashes were deadly poisonous? Thanks for telling us about the problem.
The prose is incredibly overwrought, there is a wholly superfluous framing conceit, and the main character is a nightmare. May 26, Bill Kerwin rated it really liked it Shelves: Lo stile e l’aspetto linguistico rimandano a una narrazione d’avventura che ha qualcosa di Poe e H. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Be warned, there are strong misogynist and racist undertones throughout the book.
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Jan 07, Kelly rated it really liked it Shelves: But–looking back at it from plus years–I have to say it is one of the most tedious post-apocalyptic tales I’ve ever read.
He goes crazy-he torches entire cities, hears voices, is deathly afraid of what happens if he could meet someone else, and tries to repent of his cruelty by making a palace for God. That and the thoroughly unlikable protagonist, Adam Jeffson.
Con il protagonista, come il protagonista, cerchi uno scopo per la tua esistenza, per le tue azioni, e ti chiedi se avresti fatto purputea stesse scelte, scavi la tua anima a cercare veramente il desiderio inconfessato e inconfessabile, giochi con le ipotesi. It’s worth a read if only to acknowledge The Purple Cloud’s place in science fiction. Being the novelist born in the isle of Montserrat, upsetted by a disastruous volcanic eruption some years ago, this passion can be understood.
Through no little tragedy, Jeffson winds up as the first man to reach the pole. What I learned from this book is that if you see a big purple cloud coming toward you and it smells like peach blossoms, either get yourself to the North Pole or have yourself sealed inside nbue wine ,a as a punishment, because that cloud is bad news.
Recommended but not enthusiastically. There is a euphoric sense of utter freedom masking a cruel, haunted prison populated by nothing more than endless corpses telling the same brutal tale again and again. The prose reads like a nineteenth-century tr What Nubs learned from this book is that if you see a big purple cloud coming toward you and it smells like peach blossoms, either get yourself to the Pugpurea Pole or have yourself sealed inside a wine cellar as a punishment, because that cloud purpurfa bad news.
The only other beings she remembers is her mother, who dies when she was an infant, and a voice that spoke to her over the years. Jeffson’s first impulse is to murder the innocent girl. Particularly worthy of mention: And he casually kills other members of the expedition later.
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It’s compelling because there is no “stiff upper lip” here-the main character is tormented and even diabolical. His going about the towns looking for survivors or naming all the type of ships he comes across on the ocean, is stifling The beginning of this book began fairly well with an expedition to the North Pole. First he discovers the odd corpses of animals Arriving back alone from his gruelling, body strewn and somewhat hallucinogenic journey to the pole Jeffson discovers that all his shipmates aboard the expedition vessel the Boreal are dead.
I found this first part of the book to be quite entertaining Man so violent, and at times whimsical, and Leda cautious, with always a plan about her for she knows what God intends for her.
His mad dash around the cities of Earth after the disaster burning everything in sight is appalling as well. I foolishly sold my copy of this marvelous book years ago and wish I had it back.