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review Alas Babylon 103 ✓ 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 tIlization are stripped away overnight and tens of millions of people are killed instantly But for one small town in Florida. Read this book in high school and it had a major impact on me not only emotionally but it happened to spark a need to find and explore books of all genres this my first foray into the postapocalyptical I reread this one just a couple of years ago and even though it wasn't at all how I remembered it the story and characters still held up and I loved it That kind of benchmark says a lot about a bookd

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Miraculously spared the struggle is just beginning as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darknes. This post apocalyptic cautionary tale was published in 1959 in the post Sputnik pre Cuban Blockade era when many Americans suspected we might be losing the Cold War arms race and that a nuclear holocaust was inevitable Author Frank was interested in exploring not only the no win outcome of a atomic war but also the utter lack of preparedness for such an event by the government and the general population There's not much in the way of character arcs or even a solid plot other than daily survival in the collapse of civilization as we know it but the story has staying power permeating and influencing many cultural touchstones in even today's media hint The Walking Dead

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Alas BabylonAlas Babylon Those fateful words heralded the end When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States a thousand years of civ. 45 to 50 stars I think the above pictures and uotes express a lot better than my words ever could what I would like to say in this review about the power and elouence of Pat Frank's 1959 story about the folly and danger of Nuclear war I can not imagine a better novel about the immediate after effects of a global nuclear war than what is presented hereTrue the fact that anyone is left alive after the war does tend to make the novel anachronistic But since a “war begins and everyone is dead” novel would last about 10 pages I am willing to forgive Frank’s optimism given that this novel was written at a time when most people believed a nuclear war could be survived However I do want to go on record and sayIT CAN’T The book tells the story of the lead up to and then aftermath of a preemptive nuclear strike by the USSR against the United States of America The focus of the book is then on how various groups of people deal with the attack and the loss of basic services that results I thought that the author did a brilliant job of pacing by giving the reader about 50 to 60 pages of pre attack set up of both the characters and the world situation I think this allowed the attack’s aftermath to be felt much deeply when it finally came After the attack the small town of Fort Repose Florida appears to be one of the few places in Florida left standing after the attack and is completely cut off from the rest of the Country It becomes a microcosm of the breakdown of society and shows both the inner strength and the hidden depravity of humanity side by side fighting it out for survival In trying to describe what the aftermath environment is like I would stress that it is NOT in the MAD MAX category If I had to create a description I would say it is much in the vein of “Hoosiers plus nuclear bombs” or “Steel Magnolias plus World War III” We are talking small town people and values suddenly thrust into unimaginable circumstances I was pulled into the narrative from the very beginning and came to care about the characters deeply I thought the book showed the devastation and folly of nuclear war while still maintaining a positive hopeful message about humanity in general A very tough thing to do I might add I am very interested in talking to people who have read this book because the last page BLEW ME AWAY and I think it was an incredibly powerful commentary on mankind in general and I am wondering whether others feel the same Sorry for that tease for those who haven’t read it but I don’t want to give away a major spoilerplus it is a nice incentive to read the book which I HIGHLY RECOMMENDOverall a terrific read an important read a special book a powerful message and a thought provoking ending Yeahit's pretty damn good and as the uotes above illuminate Pat's vision is shared by many of good conscience