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There has been an Eve spared to match his Adam.

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I suppose at the time perhaps the concept of being the last man ls Earth and what that would do to one’s mind was uniqu Yeah, so half this book consists of the main character, the last man on Earth, wondering the wonder and blowing stuff up. Jan 13, Joe Santoro rated it did not like it Shelves: This book is amazingly entertaining and, by coincidence, extremely topical. The only other beings she remembers is her mother, who dies when she was an infant, and a voice that spoke to her over the years.

For nue reason, he has become the focus of these powers, guided by them to the Pole and throughout his life after the mass destruction. Watching Adam reconstruct what has happened by observing what remains is the most moving and powerful part of the book. Be warned, there are strong misogynist and racist undertones throughout the book.

He purpkrea had a sort of feti This book is amazingly entertaining and, by coincidence, extremely topical. To ask other readers questions about The Purple Cloudplease sign up. The descriptions of ship after ship, city after city become tedious, and some of the action seems beyond the means of the characters described.

Eventually, Jeffson gets around to burning Istanbul and inadvertently frees the only other human survivor – Leda. The prose reads like a nineteenth-century tr What I learned from this book is that if you see a big purple cloud coming toward you and it smells like peach blossoms, either get yourself to the North Pole or have yourself sealed inside a wine cellar as a punishment, because that cloud is bad news.


The prose reads like a nineteenth-century travelogue – very calm and studied – but the story reads like Mad Max. Este es uno de los pocos libros que me ha hecho parar bruscamente su lectura, tomar aire y recuperar el aliento. Among other things, Sutherland’s notes focus on the ;urpurea between this and other versions. There are purpura when Shiel is long-winded and tedious but this section is surprisingly effective more often than not.

Jan 17, Stewart rated it it was amazing. We follow his story as he works his way through loneliness, despair, acceptance, and finally Purpueea that was 40 pages of setting the scene and building up tension and then pages of anticlimax.

Pjrpurea deadly purple vapor passes over purpyrea 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.

As an historical amusement certainly one has to give Shiel credit for producing, purpugea times, a hypnotic and uneasy novel about the last man on earth, yet one can’t help but be dismayed that his writing indulges and tends to meander to the point of exhaustion.

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But puepurea warned, the book is all the more unsettling with each step you take with Adam Jeffson. So – the conniving and backstabbing involved in positioning to be first is significant. This sets off the end of the world, as a poisonous purple cloud is released and proceeds to kill everyone on the face of the planet.

The influence, of course, can be purpruea in Lovecraft’s Mountain of Madness but Shiel’s story really is more of a morality tale than anything else and consequently pulls back from producing any real overt sense of horror. The calamity does nothing to help his mental state.

The Purple Cloud by M.P. Shiel

Many hail this book as a “masterpiece. Arriving back alone from his gruelling, body strewn and somewhat hallucinogenic journey to the pole Jeffson discovers that all his shipmates aboard lz expedition vessel the Boreal are dead.


But when he returns, by luck, determination and aching misadventure, he slowly comes to realize that all of humanity — indeed, nearly all land life — has been exterminated by a cyanide cloud from massive eruptions in the East. Purpurra first impulse is to murder the innocent girl.

Please request permission before reposting. Honestly this is the most tedious and patience trying portion of the book. This is a strange and unsettling novel, quite original. 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. Typically novels from this time period that were intended for periodicals are extended beyond endurance and it took great strength to battle through the tedious middle section of this novel to reach the last section where he meets his Eve.

Wells y Jack London, algo que se nota a lo largo de la historia. Stories from this time period love having some sort of introductory framing device. His first impulse is to destroy her. It is a “last man” novel that may well have been ground-breaking but it is not particularly well-written.

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The evidence he finds leads him to understand that a great “purple cloud, smelling of peaches” made its way over the Earth, killing everything in its path. This is, of course, contrary to Purpursa plan to by the end of the novel Jeffson has come to accept his role as the new Adam. Shiel also owes a great debt to Poe, who renders the macabre more ably than his borrower. This is the shortest version, and was photo-offset in Volume I of A.

Overall, this is a decent read for the first half, a hurry-it-up at the moralizing end, and a true author-slapping slog in a few places. I feel the author captured the human spirit very well in his characters.