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Read On the Beach reader Þ Paperback ✓ Nevil Shute ç 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 stN 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 nightma 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 radioactivity And this is where the story takes place; the final months weeks and days of some of the last people on earth Remember the TSElliot poem which ends with the statement that the world will end “not with a bang but a whimper”? Apparently Shute agrees Scientists have predicted the approximate month when the radioactivity will reach Melbourne The people we meet all very uietly go about their days doing what they love to do or what they must do Although there is a bit drinking chaos does not ensue Looting theft vandalism or any other sort of crime is not on the rise Doctors continue to perform lifesaving and life extending surgery Occasionally people will make statements such as “It won’t be long now” and “We all have to go sometime only now we know when that sometime will be” But for the most part people in Shute’s novel live their remaining time in a state of denial? Forced ignorant bliss? They talk about what will happen with their garden cars children and jobs in the future even though there is clearly no future “Mary looked at her gratefully “Well that’s what I think I mean I couldn’t bear to – to just stop doing things and do nothing You might as well die now and get it over”Moira nodded “If what they say is right we’re none of us going to have time to do all that we planned to do But we can keep on doing it as long as we can”But that is all any of us can do under the best of circumstances right? Granted Shute chose to not write about religion the breakdown of society or the very American notion of “take this job and shove it” with the end of the world approaching Even so if you do what you love every day why change that when your days start to uickly dwindle away? I found this novel to be a commentary on everyday life as much as anything else Finally many reviewers have commented on what a nice well behaved apocalypse Shute has envisioned But I don’t believe this means his scenario is necessarily incorrect After all remember the five stages of grief? In case you don’t the first one is denial Clearly you and I and anyone else reading this book learning about the end of the world and contemplating our own mortality are going to freak out a little bit On the Beach takes place a year or two? after a brief nuclear war Shute’s characters have had time to work through their denial anger bargaining and depression We meet them as they reach the final stage of grief which is acceptance On the Beach is heartbreakingly sad Not so much in the where is the box of tissues way but in a way that affects you uite subtly throughout and long afterwards I loved the characters in this story the relationships and the way people chose to face their deaths and resolve their lives This is a book I most definitely recommend

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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 the 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

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On the BeachM 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 Captai 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 US who surely is dead as everyone else is over there? Well no any rational being wouldn't You would imagine the few remaining people are terrified for the toxic cloud coming their way but no everyone is behaving rationally and politely and go on doing their usual stuff as much as they can The book was written in 1957 and the Apocalypse took place in 1963 so I should have some mercy on these people But oh are they tedious Even the proverbial bad girl turns into a good girl and thinks it is a splendid idea to learn how to type and stenograph with just an estimated lifespan of three months of living to do She should have kept on knocking away those double whiskeys in my opinion Anyway it was a hilarious book and I liked it because of the outrageous 50's sentiments Perhaps I should pay some respect to Nevil Shute for writing what must be one of the first dystopian books in the popular sense So there you go cheers Nevil you managed to write a very peculiar bookPS I later understood that this book terrified a lot of people especially in the US Remarkable but I notice there is often a distinct dividing line between the US and Europe in what is considered seriously scary