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Alas, Babylon af Pat Frank
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Alas, Babylon (original 1959; udgave 1983)

af Pat Frank (Forfatter)

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"Alas, Babylon." Those fateful words heralded the end. When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness.… (mere)
Medlem:parkerandallison
Titel:Alas, Babylon
Forfattere:Pat Frank (Forfatter)
Info:New Bantam Edition, 11th printing
Samlinger:Library, Dit bibliotek
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Nøgleord:Ingen

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Alas, Babylon af Pat Frank (1959)

  1. 130
    På stranden, Ventetid af Nevil Shute (lisanicholas)
    lisanicholas: On the Beach is another novel that picks up just after a worldwide nuclear war in the 1960s -- this time, in Australia, as the survivors await the arrival of the radioactive cloud that will doom them. Bleaker in outlook than Alas, Babylon, Shute's novel focuses on how individuals deal with the almost certainty of their own imminent annhilation.… (mere)
  2. 71
    Vejen : roman af Cormac McCarthy (BookshelfMonstrosity)
  3. 83
    The Handmaid's Tale af Margaret Atwood (Ruth72)
  4. 62
    Lucifer's Hammer af Larry Niven (saltmanz)
  5. 20
    The Postman af David Brin (sturlington)
    sturlington: The Postman was influenced by Alas, Babylon.
  6. 20
    Lights Out af David Crawford (ajwseven)
  7. 20
    Station Eleven af Emily St. John Mandel (benjclark)
  8. 10
    Earth Abides af George R. Stewart (sturlington)
    sturlington: These are two classic early post-apocalyptic novels.
  9. 00
    Arslan af M. J. Engh (infiniteletters)
  10. 00
    Forbidden Area af Pat Frank (BeckyJG)
  11. 11
    The Dog Stars af Peter Heller (benjclark)
  12. 00
    Swan Song af Robert R. McCammon (sturlington)
  13. 00
    Level 7 af Mordecai Roshwald (HenriMoreaux)
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I'm a sucker for these types of post-apocalyptic stories (see S.M. Stirling's Emberverse series) and so I absolutely loved reading it. I really enjoyed the amount of time spent in the "lead-up" as well with political tensions rising and the characters scrambling to prepare for what they knew was coming. I picked this book up off my shelf not remembering that I had read it years ago, and even though I was getting deja vu I was hooked and didn't mind reading it a second time. ( )
  MattZiss0u | Jul 4, 2024 |
I picked up a sci-fi novel the other day at a used bookstore. The jacket said it was set after a nuclear war and written by someone who’d rubbed shoulders with a lot of military people. Well, I figured it’d be interesting to see what they imagined life’d be like after a nuclear war. (The pages weren’t blank.)

What can I say, it was slow reading. For example, the author said, “A man who’s been shaken by a bomb knows what it feels like.” So I had to stop and wonder why a woman wouldn’t know. Is he saying women never get shaken by bombs because they’re never in bombed areas? Or they are, but for some reason, they don’t get shaken by them? Or they do, but they nevertheless don’t know what it feels like?

And that was just the preface. Chapter one introduced Florence. Who gossiped. She didn’t design state of the art mp3 players. And she certainly wasn’t looking for the cure to cancer. She gossiped. However, “If your sister was in trouble and wired for money, the secret was safe with Florence. But if your sister bore a legitimate baby, its sex and weight would be known all over town.”

Only if my sister was in trouble? What about me? I realized then that this guy hadn’t even imagined the possibility that women might read his book. And, well, we might. After all, we can read.

And apparently it didn’t occur to him that someone’s sister, a woman, might have money of her own. Or that she might ask another woman – not a man, not her brother – for a loan.

Then of course we have the phrase “in trouble”. Being pregnant, having a life begin to grow inside your body – that’s not being “in trouble”. It’s either amazingly wonderful or incredibly devastating. But it’s not being “in trouble”.

Then there’s that word “legitimate”. First I had to back up and figure out that being in trouble meant, to him, not only being pregnant, but also being unmarried. Which would make the baby ‘illegitimate’. (And that’s why she decides to abort?) Right. As if men alone confer legitimacy to life. My, my, aren’t we a little full of ourselves. (‘Course that might explain why they feel they have the right to take it so often, so capriciously. Coupled with the gross underestimation of its value indicated by the phrase “in trouble” to describe its creation…)

And what precious information would Florence, otherwise, spread far and wide? Whether his sister survived the birth? No, apparently that’s not important. What’s important is the sex and weight of the baby. And presumably it’s important that it be male and that it be big. Okay, and why is that important? Well, the best I could come up with was that the guy has in mind a world in which food and shelter is gained by one-on-one physical combat (not our world), and the combat is such that brute force is an advantage (what, no weapons?), and he’s assumed positive correlations between maleness and size and capacity for said brute force (not a valid assumption).

Okay, onto the next couple sentences… ( )
  ptittle | Apr 21, 2023 |
Extremely thought-provoking, well worth the read. Pat Frank brings sharply to life the post-nuclear world; its fears, horrors, hardships, and losses resonate deeply throughout the book. The novel instills an intimate knowledge of the total destruction of civilization that nuclear war unleashes. It is a depressing book, but also a necessary one. Even those who read it only as a tale of survival will appreciate its power. ( )
2 stem jhellar | Jan 14, 2023 |
OK survival story after nuclear war. ( )
  kslade | Dec 14, 2022 |
After reading quite a few other post-apocalyptic fiction books (and shows, movies) this was pretty easy going without any real shocking moments. Events would be mentioned but rarely described where modern literature demands pages of gore which removed a lot of the anticipation of those events. Overall, a dated but still good novel despite the outmoded social structures. ( )
  gsmaclean | Nov 18, 2022 |
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Doom-minded and Cassandra-speaking, this author, who touched off the play in Mr. Adam in comic vein, and continued his warnings in Forbidden Area (1956) here looks at an all-out bombing that freezes and contaminates most of the United States. What happens to Fort Repose in central Florida- which escapes the worst -- becomes an account of survival when, slowly learning that all props are out from under, some few citizens work out a make-do, or die, program. Heading up a colony that manages to exist is Randolph Bragg, whose Air Force brother gives him the word and the little chance to prepare for the disaster of Russian attack, and, with his brother's wife and children, some neighbors -- white and black -- he finds out many ways to circumvent encroaching death. Death through lack of medicine, electricity, communications, through the threats of epidemic, mob attack, highway marauding, decline of authority and the sudden regression that results from the loss of ""civilization"". Bragg's efforts -- and those of his group -- pull them through when yesterday's history becomes archaic and changed rules must govern changed conditions. When hope comes -- of rescue and victory -- does it matter -- to those who have survived? Contemporary Robinson-Crusoeing.
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I have an acquaintance, a retired manufacturer, a practical man, who has recently become worried about international tensions, international missiles, H-bombs, and such.
In Fort Repose, a river town in Central Florida, it was said that sending a message by Western Union was the same as broadcasting it over the combined networks.
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"Alas, Babylon." Those fateful words heralded the end. When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness.

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