On the Beach

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Ballantine Books, 1957 - Fiction - 278 pages
23 Reviews
"Chilling story of a small community doomed to nuclear distruction." *** "A novel about the survivors of an atomic war, who face an inevitable end as radiation poisoning moves toward Australia from the north." *** "A nuclear war annihilates the world's Northern Hemisphere, and as atomic wastes are spreading southward, residents of Australia try to come to grips with their mortality. In spite of the inevitability of death, these people face their end with courage and live from day to day. They even plant trees they may never see mature." Shapiro. Fic for Youth 3rd ed.

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The author's writing was very unimaginative and rote. - Goodreads
Shute is a very good writer. - Goodreads
An entire society is in denial about the world ending. - Goodreads
He also tips a hefty info-dump in early on. - Goodreads
There was little of interest in the plot. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Roz Morris - Goodreads

I wish I'd written this. What a simple, powerful idea. The writing style is much less poetic than many of the books I've been moved to review here, but it perfectly suits the idea. Perhaps the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jenny (Reading Envy) - Goodreads

This is not my favorite post-apocalyptic book. I think when something bleak and disastrous resonates with me, it is because of the story of rebuilding. Of what comes.. after. And it isn't a spoiler to ... Read full review

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About the author (1957)

Nevil Shute Norway was born in 1899 in Ealing, London. He studied Engineering Science at Balliol College, Oxford. Following his childhood passion, he entered the fledgling aircraft industry as an aeronautical engineer working to develop airships and, later, airplanes. In his spare time he began writing and he published his first novel, Marazan, in 1926, using the name Nevil Shute to protect his engineering career. In 1931 he married Frances Mary Heaton and they had two daughters. During the Second World War he joined the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve where he worked on developing secret weapons. After the war he continued to write and settled in Australia where he lived until his death in 1960. His most celebrated novels include Pied Piper (1942), A Town Like Alice (1950), and On the Beach (1957).

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