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Pat Frank (1908–1964)

Autor(a) de Alas, Babylon

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Inclui os nomes: Pat Frank, Pat Frank

Disambiguation Notice:

(eng) Born Harry Hart.

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Obras de Pat Frank

Alas, Babylon (1959) 4,957 cópias
Mr. Adam (1946) 141 cópias
Forbidden Area (1956) 100 cópias
Hold Back the Night (1952) 54 cópias
An Affair of State (1948) 28 cópias
Beyond Jack Squat (2007) 2 cópias
The Goldwater Cartoon Book (1964) 2 cópias
The long way round 1 exemplar(es)
Little Warrior's (2008) 1 exemplar(es)
Shadow Child (2011) 1 exemplar(es)
Biada Babilonowi 1 exemplar(es)

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Conhecimento Comum

Nome de batismo
Frank, Harry Hart
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Local de falecimento
Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Locais de residência
Tangerine, Florida, USA
government consultant
Jacksonville Journal
New York World
New York Evening Journal
Washington Times-Herald
United States Office of War Information
Pequena biografia
"Pat Frank" was the lifelong nickname adopted by the American writer, newspaperman, and government consultant, who was born Harry Hart Frank (1908-1964), and who is remembered today almost exclusively for his post-apocalyptic novel Alas, Babylon. Before the publication of his first novel Mr. Adam launched his second career as novelist and independent writer, Frank spent many years as a journalist and information handler for several newspapers, agencies, and government bureaus. His fiction and nonfiction books, stories, and articles made good use of his years of experience observing government and military bureaucracy and its malfunctions, and the threat of nuclear proliferation and annihilation. After the success of Alas, Babylon, Frank concentrated on writing for magazines and journals, putting his beliefs and concerns to political use, and advising various government bodies. In 1960 he served as a member of the Democratic National Committee. In 1961, the year in which he received an American Heritage Foundation Award, he was consultant to the National Aeronautics and Space Council. From 1963 through 1964 the Department of Defense made use of Frank's expertise and advice, and this consultancy turned out to be his last response to his country's call. His other books include Mr. Adam and Forbidden Area.
Aviso de desambiguação
Born Harry Hart.



Group Read - Alas Babylon em The 11 in 11 Category Challenge (Junho 2011)


A collection of anti-Goldwater cartoons, likely produced as campaign literature. Some very good artists are in this collection, including a few whose work is rarely collected (like Yardley), though obviously you're only getting one side of the story. Also a bit interesting when you consider how Goldwater was viewed at the time of his death.
EricCostello | Feb 14, 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…
… (mais)
ptittle | outras 143 resenhas | 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.
1 vote
jhellar | outras 143 resenhas | Jan 14, 2023 |
OK survival story after nuclear war.
kslade | outras 143 resenhas | Dec 14, 2022 |



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