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After London: A Dystopian Classic! Paperback – September 25, 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449534899
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449534899
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,232,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"When the ancients departed, great numbers of their cattle perished. It was not so much the want of food as the inability to endure exposure that caused their death; a few winters are related to have so reduced them that they died by hundreds, many mangled by dogs. The hardiest that remained became perfectly wild, and the wood cattle are now more difficult to approach than deer."

I read this book before I knew that the author was a naturalist, he's a great writer never the less. This is a powerful book written long before it was fashionable to be `green' and consider the effects of what we do to our planet. Jefferies moved me like no other on this subject and I think that if more of us read this book we'd be more willing to look after our planet. Far more effective than Al Gore, if I can be so bold.

Also it's a great story, I have to also admit I liked reading about the strange society that grew up after the collapse and the different customs and rules they created. A great read!
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A science fiction, utopian dystopian novel where it's the earth that is the big winner. Probably the best enviro-friendly book written - reading this book and considering its message is far better than attending a `rock for the earth' concert.

Add to that that it's a really good read, with a very cool plot and some incredibly interesting fictional `what if's' in relation to how the survivors live after the collapse. Very cool and captivating book!
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Also known as Wild London, this unjustly neglected novel by a popular late nineteenth century English naturalist combines Jefferies' remarkable power of observation and his application of these observations into a philosophy based loosely on the Darwinian theory of evolution. Brian Aldiss (in Trillion Year Spree) observed that After London gave "memorable expression" to "the theme of nature reasserting its dominance," a theme which has achieved greatest popularity in our century. After London is a fascinating story that is was a rejection of modern, scientific times long before any disillusionment caused by global warming had set in.

Very good book, very well written and persuasive.
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Much of England is covered in forests, the relics of our own civilization buried under thickets and shrubbery. London, once a center of culture and trade, is long gone. Society has become medieval once more. Skills like reading and writing have been preserved, but these are forbidden to all but the nobles. Slavery is common and wars between cities are frequent.

Very Al-Gore-ical i.e. its a post apocalyptic future where nature is one of the dangers, not because it has any kind of direction, just that it is now untamed. Environmental types will also like this book for that reason, and the main character is a 'thinker not a fighter'.

This book would make a terrific movie!
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