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On the Beach By Nevil Shute On the Beach After a nuclear World War III has destroyed most of the globe the few remaining survivors in southern Australia await the radioactive cloud that is heading their way and bringing certain death to eve

  • Title: On the Beach
  • Author: Nevil Shute
  • ISBN: 9781842322765
  • Page: 197
  • Format: Paperback
  • On the Beach By Nevil Shute After a nuclear World War III has destroyed most of the globe, the few remaining survivors in southern Australia await the radioactive cloud that is heading their way and bringing certain death to everyone in its path Among them is an American submarine captain struggling to resist the knowledge that his wife and children in the United States must be dead Then a faint MoAfter a nuclear World War III has destroyed most of the globe, the few remaining survivors in southern Australia await the radioactive cloud that is heading their way and bringing certain death to everyone in its path Among them is an American submarine captain struggling to resist the knowledge that his wife and children in the United States must be dead Then a faint Morse code signal is picked up, transmitting from somewhere near Seattle, and Captain Towers must lead his submarine crew on a bleak tour of the ruined world in a desperate search for signs of life On the Beach is a remarkably convincing portrait of how ordinary people might face the most unimaginable nightmare.
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    1. Jeffrey Keeten on said:

      It s not the end of the world at all, he said It s only the end for us The world will go on just the same, only we shan t be in it I dare say it will get along all right without us An Instructional Manual from 1951 on what to do in the event of an A Bomb attack.On the Beach was published in 1957, but the novel is set in what was then the near future of 1963 Those years between 1957 1963 proved to be tumultuous years indeed When I checked this book out of the library, the librarian, the same one [...]

    2. karen on said:

      it s the most pleasant apocalypse ever there is war there are bombs and everyone in the southern hemisphere knows the rest of the world is dead dead dead and they are just waiting for the radiation to drift downwards where they will succumb to vomiting and diarrhea and weakness and eventual death let me repeat this is known and so what do they do to prepare themselves not a whole lot they buy some presents for children they know are already dead in other parts of the world yes, this means that e [...]

    3. Duane on said:

      It s a dystopian story that is possible, it could really happen How a global nucular war would play out nobody knows, but Nevil Shute s version is realistic It is tragic, horrific, romantic, and sad It shows humanity at it s best and it s worst and makes us all wonder how we would react in a similar situation The ending was brilliant an instant tear in the eye and lump in the throat.

    4. Megan on said:

      Nevil Shute s On the Beach, originally published in 1957, is a post apocalyptic novel which takes place in Melbourne, Australia a year or so after a nuclear World War III This final world war was so devastating that radioactive clouds are slowly traveling the earth, and killing all people and animals in its wake Due to some probably not very complicated weather and wind pattern science, Australia and it s surrounding islands are just about the last inhabited places to be affected by the radioact [...]

    5. Michael on said:

      It s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine That line from the old REM song pretty much sums up Nevil Shute s On the Beach The world has ended and everyone s pretty much OK with it.Written in the late 50 s and set in the near future of the early 60 s, On the Beach finds World War III has come and gone The final battle was set off by a misunderstanding with the bigger nuclear powers shooting first and asking questions later The result is the northern hemisphere is gone, nuked to obliv [...]

    6. Chrisl on said:

      Unlike many others by Nevil, I ve only read this one once Didn t see movie Remember enjoying the Australian setting and characters, how Shute depicted their mindsets and behaviors Encourage readers who have read only this to try others by the author A classic post holocaust speculation from when terrorism wasn t When stationed at SAC, near Omaha, in the early 1960s, my barracks was among closest airman housing to the flight line The sounds of big war birds Recommended Genre Companion Pat Frank s [...]

    7. Kristijan on said:

      On the Beach je jo jedan u nizu odli nih postapokalipti nih romana koji su stekli skoro kultni status Autor romana, Nevil Shute, je pre svega poznat po svom romanu Grad kao Alis koji je ekranizovan u vidu TV serije koja je osamdesetih godina bila davana i na ovim prostorima Ovaj roman je preveden na srpski jezik davne 1961 godine pod nazivom Poslednja pla a i od tada, na alost, nije ponovo objavljivan u Srbiji.Radnja romana je sme tena u Melburn, 1963 godine Nakon III svetskog rata i nuklearne k [...]

    8. Sara on said:

      This is a stirring, eerily believable short work by Nevil Shute It is post WWIII and everyone in the world is dead except those who are in Australia and New Zealand But, they are not safe, they are just waiting for the radiation to reach them There is an ample mix of denial and acceptance in each of the characters, some of whom prepare for next year s garden even though they have been told the end is expected in a matter of months.The main characters are a US submarine commander, Dwight Towers, [...]

    9. Carrie on said:

      Hmmmmm.obably one of the most sobering books I have ever readausible, poignant, post accidental apocalyptic left me mad at Man mad at His stupidity mad at His ridiculous striving after world dominance, instead of striving after world harmony.Nevil Shute s sharply perceptive understanding of Human emotions is pure genius I would have written mastery there but I understand in some lands that word can be considered offensive England, it is notever, I have declined to use it.well, sort of A formidab [...]

    10. Deborah Ideiosepius on said:

      This is an old, absolute classic, of science fiction from the days before sci fi and fiction had separate shelves in the bookstores, it is almost the prototype of dystopian fiction Re reading it after many years I wonder if it was one of the books that helped fix in the public s mind the notion of mutually assured destruction and of just how costly to the planet nuclear war must be.Despite the finality of the end, it is surprisingly not depressing, rather I found it a cleansing sort of ending an [...]

    11. Tracey on said:

      What do you do when all hope is lost For the people in this book about our world dying of radiation after an atomic war the answer seems to be carry on as normally as possible Go to the beach, swim, sail, go to work, enjoy parties and drink, plant the daffodils, clear the trees and chop the wood.There is no let up for the reader, always the knowledge that it will happen.It s a bleak vision of a post apocalyptic world that is at once both terrifying and moving.As I said in my earlier update it fe [...]

    12. Hanneke on said:

      This is definitely one of the silliest books I ever read That s precisely why I kept reading Imagine, you are living in a post apocalyptic world and you are on the south coast of Australia where the last remaining people on earth are living You are scheduled to die within a couple of months, so then tell me, do you really care if your daffodils are coming up next spring or whether you should be faithfull to your wife, far away in the U.S who surely is dead as everyone else is over there Well, no [...]

    13. Lucas on said:

      This book was recommended after my disappointment with Cormac McCarthy s The Road I cannot say it was an improvement.The characters in the novel are largely one dimension with little contrast and their interactions are superficial and or stereotypical John is the lifelong geek who finally gets a thrill Moira falls for Dwight based on a few half drunk interactions this kind of quick connection is the kind of poorly earned romance typically found in bad movies Mary is the stereotypical housewife o [...]

    14. Jim on said:

      Well written so plausible that it s scary, it s also survived the test of time very well Written over 50 years ago in 1957 by engineer Nevel Shute Norman, an engineer who owned a firm that made secret stuff for the British government, it amazed me by how the politics cause of the war are still so possible.The book follows about 6 people for the last 6 months of their lives There is no explicit sex or violence The northern hemisphere has been turned into a radioactive wasteland the radioactivity [...]

    15. Amy Sturgis on said:

      It s appropriate that I should review this novel on the 65th anniversary of the successful test of the first atom bomb in Alamogordo, New Mexico On the Beach is set in what was the near future to British Australian author Nevil Shute, writing in 1957 1963, approximately a year after World War III The northern hemisphere has been devastated by nuclear war, and those in the southern hemisphere wait for the nuclear fallout to reach them The story follows the lives of several Australians and one Ame [...]

    16. smetchie on said:

      Reminded me of The Sun Also Rises Sassy dame Excessive drinking Fishing.Except it s way interesting because everyone is about to die in a few months from radiation poisoning YEAH Plus the sassy dame is funnier, nicer, and drinks even I know, I know Hemingway and all that But it s my review and I can compare this book to some classic if I want to Anyway I don t like Hemingway Please take that as saying about me and my literary idiocy than it says about Hemingway and cram it in your cramhole.Th [...]

    17. Suzanne on said:

      Oh God, Sebastian, what did you do to me At , we have a tradition in December called The 12 Days of where we essentially send a chain email across the company with each person nominating a book to be given to the next person, and so on We have 12 Days to complete the chain In 2016, Sebastian, chose On the Beach for me I must admit I was a bit grumpy about this as I had carefully cleaned up my Want to Read shelf to ensure maximum chances of getting a book I was really interested in Embarrassingly [...]

    18. Rosie on said:

      I read this book ages ago and it is one of my favourites Clearly I have a bit of a morbid sense of enjoyment, given this is about the end of the world The war is over and a radioactive cloud is slowly killing everyone in the world An American submarine captain, Dwight Towers and his crew arrive on the shores of Australia the last inhabitants of the world Dwight Towers and his crew, along with the Australian Lieutenant Commander Peter Holmes set out on a submarine mission to America to identify w [...]

    19. Lisa on said:

      Probably the most heart wrenching book I ve read It s the story of an all out nuclear war And, although Australia has been spared the bombs, the fallout is spreading and heading that way It was so easy to deeply care about the characters as they live their final days they prepare they avoid preparation Heavy, dark and emotionalbut one of those books that envelopes you and that you never forget I read it for the first time almost 20 years ago and it is still one of the best books I ve read The gr [...]

    20. Wayne Barrett on said:

      Actual 3.5Based simply on how this book culminated to its end I really wanted to give it 5 stars But I just can t I guess I ll discuss my problem with the story first and save the best the reason I would really like to give it a 5 for last.One book in particular that always comes to my mind when thinking of dystopian literature is Cormack McCarthy s The Road the reason being the disturbing nature of the story Nevil Shute s On The Beach is a disturbing tale as well a big reason for wanting to app [...]

    21. Anna on said:

      This really is not a good book It s a combination between an F Scott Fitzgerald novel where everyone just sits around having double brandies all day but with no sex and the Plague but with no gory details The premise, an atomic holocaust has obliterated the northern hemisphere and all of Australia awaits a radioactive cloud that is coming to kill everyone on earth in 6 month of time The whole book is just a count down in which you get to know some of the most boring and two dimensional character [...]

    22. Manny on said:

      Read this book if you re ever tempted to think that global nuclear war wasn t a real threat People were scared shitless, with good reason.

    23. Lobstergirl on said:

      Shute makes some interesting narrative choices which lessen the dramatic tension rather than increase it Nearly everything that happens in the novel is telegraphed from the beginning We know the radiation is headed south and will arrive in September We are led to believe everyone, all the characters Shute creates and everyone else living on earth, will die, view spoiler and they do hide spoiler The only real tension comes on the Scorpion s journey to Seattle what s going on with those Morse code [...]

    24. David on said:

      Revisited after a 35 year interval One can only imagine the conversation between Cormac McCarthy and Nevil Shute Written in 1957, at the height of the Cold War, Shute also imagines a post apocalyptic world Nuclear war has annihilated the countries of the northern hemisphere and the radioactive plume is working its way slowly down south, killing everyone in its path By the luck of geography, Melbourne will be the last major city to survive.An American submarine has made it intact to Melbourne, an [...]

    25. Jaksen on said:

      Love this book, own it.Story of a group of people waiting to die really, they are in Australia as a cloud of radioactive fallout moves closer and closer to them Most of the human population on Earth are already dead the world has gone silent except for Australia The main characters go about their lives as much as possible and include the crew of the last nuclear sub under Royal Australian command , a young married couple and their baby, a scientist who loves to drive race cars, and a young woman [...]

    26. Shayan Foroozesh on said:

      2 stars and that s for the idea of the novelthough the story, theme, and the feelings Shute TRIES to render but fails are good enough esp the idea of novel is genuine , but I don t understand how come he has become a novelist the style, wording, characterization, dialogues, and many are awful you can see the lack of imagination, inability to convey emotion to reader, and a bad and not a bit enjoyable way of creating suspense all over the novel.I m not disputing the idea or the theme of the nove [...]

    27. Cateline on said:

      On the Beach by Nevil Shute Everyone on the planet probably knows the story Nuclear war, lasting only 37 days This is the aftermath of that short lived mania Radiation is spreading across the globe with the wind patterns, and the Southern Hemisphere is the last to be affected There are only two American submarines left, and this novel covers the life of the one now based in Australia The novel beautifully entwines the story of the submariners with the local citizens, all waiting for the Radiatio [...]

    28. Jenn Myers on said:

      There s no way to do any definitive research on how the world would end after an all out nuclear war, but I imagine that On the Beach is pretty close to how it d go down This is a hard book to pin down It s not flashy or dynamic we enter the book two years after the last bomb has fallen, with only about six months until the radiation clouds get to where the characters are living There is a slow build up where we are introduced into the characters lives, and get to know them They are all aware th [...]

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