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Alas, Babylon (1959)

de Pat Frank

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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.
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There are two ways to review Pat Frank's "Alas, Babylon." The first, as literature, would result in perhaps a 3-star rating: readable, but little in the way of verbal finesse or sophisticated character development. At least half-a-star of that would be for its accurate depiction of the attitudes (political, racial, gender) of a late 1950s small town in Florida.

The second way to approach "Alas, Babylon," and the one that results in my 5-star rating is as a faux-documentary, expertly designed to scare the Living Bejaysus out of you. Frank wasn't aiming for clever writing, or poetic imagery, or complicated narrative -- you could say that the text itself is a metaphor for his thesis, that in the aftermath of nuclear devastation of the kind he describes, the clever sophistications of life will mean nothing. Survival will depend, to a great extent, on luck -- the luck of your location, the luck of the community that surrounds you, and the luck of each individuals willingness to adapt, and let go of comfortable assumptions.

Supposedly, in the past year or so, the question has been asked, "If we have nuclear weapons why can't we use them?" I wish the person who asked that question would read this book, He won't, of course. Which is why Pat Frank's tightly written, almost journalistic vision of the aftermath resonates -- and should terrify us all -- as much as it did when he first wrote it. ( )
  maura853 | Jul 11, 2021 |
Extremely worthy addition to my post apocalypse favorites.

"With the use of the hydrogen bomb, the Christian era was dead, and with it must die the tradition of the Good Samaritan. "

"It was proof that the government of the United States still functioned. It was also useful as toilet paper." ( )
  MuggleBorn930 | Jul 11, 2021 |
This was of one of the first post-nuclear holocaust novels and still one of the best. Recommended. ( )
  MarcHutchison | Jul 11, 2021 |
A solid classic read. It ages fairly well with a couple exceptions- the classification of other ethnicities and the overall viewpoint on women. Those gave me some cringe worthy parts but I tried to keep in mind the time it was written and also by a man at that time. That said it was a page Turner once the big drama started. In spite of the sexism and inappropriate cultural notes I recommend for anyone who enjoys a good apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic story. Well written and worthy of it's place among the classics. ( )
  Spiceca | May 24, 2021 |
This was the first book I can remember reading in my public education career. I'm not sure if that is good or bad or sad.
  LuckyWitter | Apr 22, 2021 |
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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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