19 August 2009 ~ 0 Comments

(Book) Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank


I really want to do this book justice as I write about it, but I don’t know that I can. I first read this book nearly 20 years ago for my high school English class. I’ve always been a reader all of my life but this was one of the first books that I really enjoyed, understood – and, more importantly, took something away from. I also don’t generally re-read books, but I read this one every few years.

I think there are a few things you need to know before you read it. It was written in the 1950s, at the height of all of the nuclear issues. The language is a bit off at times, there are a few things that make me cringe (the women being portrayed as as they are, the kid being given a gun, etc)… but… those were the times.

I also think you need to remember that this is Fiction, although parts of it or so well written that you almost feel like it shouldn’t be. It’s very… believable. You are left feeling like there surely is a place called Fort Repose in another world that survived a nuclear attack. You don’t know more than the characters do, which lead to even more credibility.

I really wish I could give all of the reasons you should read this book. Just read it. It’s one of the good ones!

From Wikipedia

Alas, Babylon is a 1959 novel by American writer Pat Frank (the pen name of Harry Hart Frank). It was one of the first post-apocalyptic novels of the nuclear age and remains popular fifty years after it was first published. The novel deals with the effects of a nuclear war on the small town of Fort Repose, Florida, which is based upon the actual city of Mount Dora.

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