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Jeffson’s first impulse is to murder the innocent girl.

It’s compelling because there is no “stiff upper lip” here-the main character is tormented and even diabolical. Meanwhile, a preacher rails against the endeavor, saying that God does not intend Man to plumb these mysteries. Still, the obsessive madness is infectious.

Shiel, here are the coordinates of this novel. His other labor is the building of a “palace” on the Greek isle of Imbros, which consumes 17 years. But when he returns, by luck, determination and aching misadventure, he slowly comes to realize that all of humanity — indeed, nearly all land life — has been exterminated by a cyanide cloud from massive eruptions in the East.

He embarks on an epic journey across a silent and devastated planet, an apocalyptic Robinson Crusoe putting together the semblance of a normal life from the flotsam and jetsam of his former existence. Nov 11, Doug rated it it was ok. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. He surely had a sort of feti This book is amazingly entertaining and, by coincidence, extremely topical. But be warned, the book is all the more unsettling with each step you take with Adam Jeffson.

And it’s bleakly humorous. Open Preview See a Problem?

Lurpurea 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 A significant award has been offered to the first man – and the first man only – to reach the Pole. His rage knows no bounds. In due course Jeffson is accepted, and the Boreal sets off for the Pole.


The Purple Cloud (Frontiers of Imagination)

Stories from this time period love having some sort of introductory framing device. Well that was 40 pages of setting the scene and building up tension and then pages of anticlimax.

Mar 13, Chris Laskey rated it liked it. This book is amazingly entertaining and, by coincidence, extremely topical. While insanity brought on by solitude is believable, the character’s state of mind isn’t really all that well drawn, and rather than being drawn into his madness, I ended up just finding his courses of action peculiar and baffling.

The devastation is total and heartbreaking. The descriptions of ship after ship, city after city become tedious, and some of the action seems beyond the means of the characters described. Want to Read saving….

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I’m sorry this can’t be explained better without revealing something of the plot; so it shall be possibly! In addition, ls main character – never a ‘good’ person to start with, goes mad.

It is a “last man” novel that may well have been ground-breaking but it is not particularly well-written.

It deserves to be noted for that fact alone. His first impulse is to destroy her.

This sets off the end of the world, as a poisonous purple cloud is released and proceeds to kill everyone on the face of the planet. It’s that latter theme – a psychopathic deity that must be worshipped and loved, “Though H Immediately upon finishing The Purple Cloud I had to reread H. And he certainly can tell a tale colourfully.

nuve Trivia About The Purple Cloud. Particularly worthy of mention: Los brincos espacio-temporales, el abuso de las enumeraciones y las descripciones recargadas, la escas Pese a contar con un buen punto de partida, esta novela me ha ido creando un problema tras otro, hasta el punto que estaba deseando terminarla y pasar a otra cosa.


We can also wonder if the book will survive as purpureaa more than an academic curio. Shiel’s voice is strong enough to make up for some occasionally awkward flights of fancy.

Un pensiero originale e paradossale. I also think that man alone is a terrible torture to oneself for we are a social creature and the author portrays that very well. For some reason, there’s no discussion of the possibility of a team agreeing to share the reward.

The premonition proves accurate: 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.

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Something or someone seems to be actively blocking humanity’s efforts to explore the Arctic, and Jeffson has a premonition that reaching the Pole will have consequences akin to the original Adam’s eating of the forbidden fruit. And of course, once they set forth, there are the normal, but terrible, rigors of travelling through the polar regions.

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 me: 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.

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