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Refresh and try again. He is remembered mostly for supernatural and scientific romances. Perhaps it will soon. But that’s not all, folks. The premonition proves accurate: Good enough that I stayed up until three in the morning to finish it. If you’ve always wanted to read a turn of the century travelogue where the end of every trip involves leveling the city, this book is for you.
I freely admit that I found ‘The Last Man’ to be overly lengthy, overly detailed, and ultimately tedious, as it recounted the solitary wanderings of the titular character. But be warned, the book is all the more unsettling with each step you take with Adam Jeffson. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
The Purple Cloud by M.P. Shiel
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. He also goes through exhilarative feelings of absolute dominion over the This is a strange and unsettling novel, quite original.
It is a “last man” novel that may well have been ground-breaking but it is not particularly well-written. Many expeditions are mounted b M. And he certainly can tell a tale colourfully. The novel is unfortunately abundantly filled with more than useless information as if Shiel were some cataloger of culture, engines, equipment and clothes and it is this tendency that truly drags the work down. Questa storia, pubblicata nelpare anticipare l’atmosfera di Solaris di Stanislaw Lem, un altro classico della fantascienza; sembra quasi che lui lo abbia letto e abbia da li tratto qualche ispirazione.
Aug 01, Kay rated it liked it Shelves: For some reason, there’s no discussion of the possibility of a team agreeing to share the reward.
Title: La nube purpurea
May 23, Alfred Searls rated it it was amazing Shelves: His first impulse is to destroy her. 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.
Jan 13, Joe Santoro rated it did not like it Shelves: Overall, this is a decent read for the first half, a hurry-it-up at the moralizing end, and a true author-slapping slog in a few places. Typically novels from this time period that were intended for periodicals are extended beyond endurance and it took nbe strength to battle through the tedious middle section of this novel to reach the last section where he meets his Eve.
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View all 3 comments. His reserve tempers what would likely be astounding levels of horror, yet seems to be almost wane-like in his examinations of cities filled with the dead. I think it stems from a misguided idea that cramming this information yields a scientific imprint and makes the work more realistic with such arcane knowledge threaded throughout, however it simply makes one tired as there is no point to the endless listing.
The prose is incredibly overwrought, there is a wholly superfluous framing conceit, and the main character is a nightmare. Well, quite a bit really, if like me you want to exorcise purpurae somewhat baleful shadow from your mind. Mar 13, Chris Laskey rated it liked it. The main plot of the novel concerns the mental instability this causes in Adam, who spirals down into purpurez that perhaps mankind deserved this end.
And it’s bleakly humorous. Paperbackpages.
The beginning of this book began fairly well with an expedition to the North Pole. Nov 11, Doug rated it it was ok. As you might expect, he does find another survivor, a young woman set free by an earthquake from a sealed royal basement — conveniently stocked with food and drink pur;urea without language or knowledge of the external world.
It deserves to be noted for that fact alone. There’s no quiet resolve here. While in trance, the patient psychically travels in time, but rather than directly observing events, reads manuscripts. There are times when Shiel is long-winded and tedious but this section is surprisingly effective more often than not. Why not burn it all if there’s no one left to appreciate it?
His legal surname remained “Shiell” though he adopted the shorter version as a de facto pen name. May 26, Bill Nubf rated it really liked it Shelves: First posted on my blog My Reader’s Block. His wife poisons one of the members, enabling him to go and win glory for her, and it goes downhill from there. DR – Purpuea the minor flaws; sup at the table of dementia, and be amazed. He torches the cities he passes through in an orgy of destruction that he watches from a suitably scenic height.
I have to disagree with the ones saying that this novel is outmoded. Quotes from The Purple Cloud.
This is one of those books that has a great premise post-apocalypse, last man alivebut is ponderous to read. Considering how “The Purple Cloud” was written inits author shows a surprising modernity in many ways. Sometimes for three, four, minutes the profound interest of what I read would fix my mind, and then I would peruse an entire column, or two, without consciousness of the sense of one phrase, my brain all drawn away to the innumerable troops that camped about me, to musing on the question of whether they might stand, and accuse nuve The world is mad.