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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Purple Cloud by M. What then, my God, shall I do? A deadly purple vapor passes over the world “If now a swell from the Deep has swept over this planetary ship of earth, and I, who alone chanced to find myself in the furthest stern, as the sole survivor of her crew.
A deadly purple vapor passes over the world and annihilates all living creatures except one man, Adam Jeffson. He embarks on an epic journey across a silent and devastated planet, an apocalyptic Robinson Crusoe putting together the semblance of a normal life from the flotsam and jetsam of his former existence. As he descends into madness over the years, he becomes increasingly aware that his survival was no accident and that his destiny—and the fate of the human race—are part of a profound, cosmological plan.
Paperbackpages. Published September 1st by Bison Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Purple Cloudplease sign up. Lists with This Book. May 26, Bill Kerwin rated it really liked it Shelves: A very strange book combining an accomplished fin-de-siecle prose style with the cosmic horror of Poe, it possesses an apocalyptic savagery and fierce isolation all its own.
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Lo stile e l’aspetto linguistico rimandano a una narrazione d’avventura che ha qualcosa di Poe e H. Del resto, l’autore stesso era un l Un pensiero originale e paradossale. Giorgio Manganelli fu un amante di quest’opera: Wilcock, e l’autore entra in contatto con se stesso: View all 7 comments.
May 05, Althea Ann rated it did not like it. Stories from this time period love having some sort lx introductory framing device. This one has to be the most convoluted I’ve encountered: Accompanying the letter was a notebook, which the hypnotist says contains a transcription of the trances of one of his patients. While in trance, the patient psychically travels in time, purprea rather than directly observing events, reads manuscripts.
This story is a manuscript Stories from this time period love having some sort of introductory framing device.
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This story is a manuscript she ‘read’ while her consciousness was cast into the future. The future manuscript is the account set down by a member of an expedition which hoped to be first to reach the Pole After the introductory bit The first quarter of the book is a Polar Expedition narrative.
A significant award has been offered to the first man – and the first man only – to reach the Pole. For some reason, there’s no discussion of nbue possibility of a team agreeing to share the reward. So – the conniving and backstabbing involved in positioning to be first is significant. Meanwhile, a preacher rails against the endeavor, saying that God does not intend Man to plumb these mysteries.
And of course, once they set forth, there are the normal, but terrible, rigors of travelling through the polar regions. Only one man will survive I found this first part of the book to be quite entertaining When the sole survivor makes his lone way back from the Pole, it is only to discover that nuhe he was alone in the arctic regions, some terrible disaster has struck.
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First he discovers the odd corpses of animals Gradually, the reality sets in: I freely admit that I found ‘The Last Man’ to be overly lengthy, overly detailed, pururea ultimately tedious, as it recounted the solitary wanderings of the titular character. This section of ‘The Purple Cloud’ is similarly lengthy, detailed and tedious, and shares the ‘travelogue’-like quality of the narrative with the earlier work – but with the addition of repeated assumptions of Western cultural superiority.
In addition, the main character – never a ‘good’ person to start with, goes mad. While insanity brought on by solitude is believable, the character’s state of mind purpurez really all that well drawn, and rather than being drawn into his madness, I ended up just finding his courses of action peculiar and baffling.
Still, nune flawed, this part of the book was interesting.
The last quarter of the book brings it down to one star. She is innocent, beautiful and childlike and thoroughly, thoroughly awful as a character. Naturally, the obvious plot development would be for these two to repopulate the Earth as Adam and Eve yes, the main character’s name is Adam.
From here, the whole thing devolves not only into one of the most sexist pirpurea ever, but into a preachy, moralizing Christian screed.
Apparently, there is more than one version of this novel.
It was first published as a serial, with illustrations by J. This is the shortest version, and was photo-offset in Volume I of A. Reynolds Morse’s monumental series, The Works of M.
This is the longest version, and is considered by many to be the preferred text. This version was first published in London by Victor Gollancz Ltd. Read for Post-Apocalyptic Book Club. View all 4 comments.
Shiel bebe de fuentes como E. Wells y Jack London, algo que se nota a lo largo de la historia. Aug 01, Kay rated it liked it Shelves: This is a strange and unsettling novel, quite original.
It chronicles one man’s discovery that he is the last man on earth. The central character, Adam, returns from an Arctic expedition to find that a purple cloud has passed over the surface of the earth, killing everything.
The main plot of the novel concerns the mental instability this causes in Adam, who spirals down into feeling that perhaps mankind deserved this end. He also goes through exhilarative feelings of absolute dominion over the This is a strange and unsettling novel, quite original. He also goes through exhilarative feelings of absolute dominion over the earth, and begins to relish destroying whatever he can.
At one point he undertakes to burn London to the ground. Clearly, he’s become deranged, but at the same time he goes through a process that makes a perverse sort of sense.
Why not burn it all if there’s no one left to appreciate it? All in all Shiel presents a very bleak and unflinching view of the human character. Shiel’s style is strangely trance-like, casting a hynotic spell — that is, if you are susceptible to this style of writing.
It’s not what the modern reader is at all accustomed to, and must have been unusual even for a late Victorian work. The book was written in It’s hard to classify this book, really — it doesn’t feel like any sort of science fiction, though the post-apocalyptic theme is very sci-fi.
I’ve heard Shiel compared to Edgar Allen Poe, which is more on the mark. He’s edgy and avant-garde. Una trama fantastica, che non per forza dovremmo definire fantascientifica. Con il protagonista, come il protagonista, cerchi uno scopo per la tua esistenza, per le tue azioni, e ti chiedi se avresti fatto le stesse scelte, scavi la tua anima a cercare veramente il desiderio inconfessato e inconfessabile, giochi con le ipotesi.
Apr 18, Lorenzo Berardi rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is amazingly entertaining and, by coincidence, extremely topical.
I wonder why it never became that popular worldwide. Perhaps it will soon.
Just think about the trouble we’re currently having with that Icelandic vulcano, the tongue-twister Eyjafjallajokull. What if those spiteful ashes were deadly poisonous? Well, in “The Purple Cloud” they are. P Shiel was not able to foresee the future and had no intention to do itbut definitely was some steps forward. He surely had a sort of feti This book is amazingly entertaining and, by coincidence, extremely topical.
He surely had a sort of fetishism towards volcanoes. Being the novelist born in the isle of Montserrat, upsetted by a disastruous volcanic eruption some years ago, this passion can be understood. I have to disagree with the ones saying that this novel is outmoded. Considering how “The Purple Cloud” was written inits author shows a surprising modernity in many ways. He tours all around the world using ships, trains, cars and even bicycles showing a great confidence with geography and infrastructures.