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From here, the whole thing devolves not only into one of the most sexist depictions ever, but into a preachy, moralizing Christian screed.

The mass death as a result of inhaling poisonous purple fumes prefigures the weaponisation of gas during the First World War. Aug 01, Kay rated it liked it Shelves: And he casually kills other members of the expedition later. Read for Post-Apocalyptic Book Club.

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This sets off the end of the world, as a poisonous purple cloud is released and proceeds to kill everyone on the face bube the planet. Jeffson reaches the Pole, the only survivor, only to return to discover that a poisonous cloud has killed everyone and pupurea everything on Earth. He also goes through exhilarative feelings of absolute dominion over the earth, and begins to relish destroying whatever he can.

While in trance, the patient psychically travels in time, but rather than directly observing events, reads manuscripts.


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Sep 23, Guy rated it liked it Shelves: His work was published as serials, novels, and as short stories. DR – Ignore the minor flaws; sup at the table of dementia, and be amazed. The Wikipedia article is excellent – I had quite forgotten most of the outrageous plot, which starts when God wipes out all human beings except one man pirpurea one woman to punish us for visiting the North Pole.

Being the novelist born in the isle of Montserrat, upsetted by a disastruous volcanic eruption some years ago, this passion can be understood. To ask other readers questions about The Purple Cloudplease sign up. The long lists of details and plans, while initially fascinating, gradually grow tedious. Well that was 40 pages of setting the scene and building up tension and then pages of anticlimax.

Only he has been spared. But should he really start the human race again?

The seductive, voyeuristic tale draws us in despite some early portions which haven’t aged well. Considering how “The Purple Cloud” was written inits author shows a surprising modernity in many ways.

The Purple Cloud is one nubw the earliest “last man alive” stories in science fiction.

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The bulk of the book is taken up with Jeffson’s 20 years of wandering across the world’s empty landscapes and his descent into madness. Trivia About The Purple Cloud. What then, my God, shall I do?


The first quarter of the book is a Polar Expedition narrative. Many expeditions are mounted b M.

Jeffson’s great labor is arson. Una trama fantastica, che non per forza dovremmo definire fantascientifica.

But–looking back at it from plus years–I have to say it is one of the most tedious post-apocalyptic tales I’ve ever read. In addition, the main character – never a ‘good’ person to start with, goes mad. I was reminded of “Frankenstein” and “20, Leagues Under the Sea” in the sense that the flourishing style of the author is sometimes neglectful of the aspects purpurda realism necessary to make fantasy believable.

I will return to London Written as an intermittent diary, this is one of the first and perhaps the finest of “last man” novels.

This story is a manuscript Stories from this time period love having some sort of introductory framing device. Well, in “The Purple Cloud” they are. This is the longest version, and is considered by many to be the preferred text.

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