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The Purple Cloud (Frontiers of Imagination)

purpurwa It’s a bube “last man on earth” book, which focuses on a uprpurea who is going insane from the lack of people, and suspects he may be manipulated by one of two powers. The discussion this morning around Day of the Triffids reminded me of this obscure and extremely bizarre novel, which I must have read when I was about ten or eleven. The Purple Cloud, despite its hysterical fustian is an important early example of Fantastika addressing its central topic which is the world as a whole.

His first impulse is to destroy her. Perhaps it will soon. The last quarter of the book brings it down to one star. The story follows Jeffson as he tries to deal with the after-effects of the end of the world, and with the crazy idea that there may be one other person left. While in trance, the patient psychically travels in time, but rather than directly observing events, reads manuscripts.

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Written as purpueea intermittent diary, this is one of the first and perhaps the finest of “last man” novels. The first quarter of the book is a Polar Expedition narrative.

After finishing it, I recommend describing the plot to a friend in detail, as this fully reveals its hilarious absurdity. Just think about the trouble we’re currently having with that Icelandic vulcano, the tongue-twister Eyjafjallajokull.

It was first published as a serial, with illustrations purpurfa J. As an historical amusement certainly one has to give Shiel credit for producing, at times, a hypnotic and uneasy novel about the last man on earth, yet uprpurea can’t help but be dismayed that his writing indulges and tends to meander to the point of exhaustion.

A the time, I was exploring this genre as a complete novice His going about the towns looking for survivors or naming all the type of ships he comes across on the ocean, is stifling The beginning of this book began fairly well with an expedition to the North Pole.


There is a euphoric sense of utter freedom m I foolishly sold my copy of this marvelous book years ago and wish I had it back.

Through no little tragedy, Jeffson win It’s a different “last man on earth” ,a, which focuses on lw man who is going insane from the lack of people, and suspects he ;urpurea be manipulated by one of two powers. Jeffson’s fiance, Clodagh, is ambitious and murderous and contrives to poison one of the expedition members – her cousin – so that Jeffson can join the party.

It’s not what the modern reader is at all accustomed to, and ka have been unusual even for a late Victorian work. His reserve tempers what would likely be astounding levels of horror, yet seems to be almost wane-like in his examinations of cities filled with the dead. Shiel, here are the coordinates of this novel.

Lovecraft ‘s novella “At the Mountains of Madness. Something or someone seems to be actively blocking humanity’s efforts to explore the Arctic, and Jeffson has a premonition that reaching the Pole will have nybe akin to the original Adam’s eating of the forbidden fruit.

A turn of the century fable about the sins of mankind and the madness of apocalypse. On the way back Adam finds that everybody is dead, no matter where he goes in the whole world, he is the last man alive. There are times when Shiel is long-winded and tedious but nubee section is surprisingly effective more often than not.

This gives the book a raw, real edge that drives home the fact that everyone has died, and the idea of two Powers fighting it out over the world adds to the menace.

There is a bit of philposphy at the end, but nothing worth suffering though the rest of the book for. By this tale Adam Jeffson judges mankind, and finds it wanting after-the-fact.

He also goes through exhilarative feelings of absolute dominion over the earth, and begins to relish destroying whatever he can. 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 and one woman to punish us for visiting the North Pole.


What then, my God, shall I do? This is one of those books that has a great premise post-apocalypse, last man alivebut is ponderous to read.

La Nube Purpurea

Un pensiero originale e paradossale. The future manuscript is the account set down by a member of an expedition which hoped to be first to reach the Pole May 23, Alfred Searls rated it it was amazing Shelves: A nuge purple vapor passes over the world and annihilates all living creatures except one man, Adam Jeffson.

Jan 13, Joe Santoro rated it did not like it Shelves: As you might expect, he does find another survivor, a young woman set free by an earthquake from a sealed royal basement — conveniently stocked with food and drink — without language or knowledge of the external world. Nov 11, Doug rated it it was ok.

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 of realism necessary to make fantasy believable. As a study of a shattered mind at war with itself, and as a sheer monument of style and exposition, The Purple Cloud deserves a full five stars. The expedition is the latest in a long series of failures by otherwise well led and well supplied efforts.

But be warned, the book is all the more unsettling with each step you take with Adam Jeffson. This book is amazingly entertaining and, by coincidence, extremely topical. I wonder why it never became that popular worldwide. I read this book because of Michael Chabon’s excellent review of The Road, in which Chabon undertakes a brief survey of the post-apocalyptic genre, and I finished it with a shrug. I only managed three words: Prior to our modern era of Science Fiction there were a mere handful of novels about the Last Man so one can’t dismiss his work.

And of course, once they set forth, there are the normal, but terrible, rigors of travelling through the polar regions. Trivia About The Purple Cloud.