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Alas, Babylon Paperback – July 5, 2005
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"Ingenious...Provocative." -- "New York Times""Frighteningly credible and exciting reading." -- "Library Journal""An extraordinary real picture of human beings numbed by catastrophe but still driven by the unconquerable determination of living creatures to keep on being alive." -- "The New Yorker""A warm, continuously interesting story of what can happen to a group of ordinary people in a perilous situation." -- "New York Herald Tribune""An enthralling and vivid story of the follies and failures of people, their courage and cruelty, their treachery and triumphs. Mr. Frank is a magnificent writer." -- "Chicago Sunday Tribune""Frank is successful enough in making us believe it could indeed happen here to send a small, fearful chill along our backbone." -- "Saturday Review" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The book tells a survival story where a small town is cut off from the rest of the world (which mostly no longer exists) and must make do with existing skills and resources. The central hero, Randy, is appealing and believable.
The characters are the main reason to like this story. None of the main characters "turn bad" post-apocalypse style, so the tension is mostly generated by sympathizing with these people and their trials. A simple story, but certainly worth reading.
Alas is more about resiliency, survival, and rebuilding following a nuclear war than the war itself. It is a good story with characters I enjoyed, and actually somewhat optimistic given the dire circumstances of a global nuclear war. I recommend it.
One word of caution: The Kindle version of Alas, Babylon is full of typos. And I mean full. It's really, really bad; probably the worst Kindle "translation" I've ever read. If I did it again I'd order in hard-copy.
With the national power grid hanging in tatters, food transport at a standstill and water plants grinding to a halt, we would be faced with starting from scratch as Randy and his fellow citizens did.
Some of his neighbors die from illnesses that can no longer be treated. A few die at their own hands, unable to cope. Those who remain band together and learn to cooperate and pool their supplies.
Suddenly things like common table salt become important. Barter is back in style and a kind of frontier justice resurfaces for those who would rampage, steal and kill.
The remarkable thing about Frank's characters is the evolutionary transformation they each make. Randy finds he has leadership skills, an old veteran keeps the channels of communication open and a busybody discovers she is not only useful but necessary in this post-apocalyptic world. Race relations of the 1950s become more accepting. A careful equality is established. Once kept a respectful distance, every person is as needed as the next one.
Alas, Babylon is not so much a picture of a nuclear abyss as it is a story of survival by everyday people. There are no descriptions of what a nuclear bomb does to cities or its inhabitants--nor the consequences of radioactive fallout.
It is a stunning and uplifting picture of people finding their talents and using them for the greater good.
Warning: Read a hard copy. The HarperCollins e-book is so fraught with errors that it is nearly unreadable.In one paragraph a woman's name is spelled two different ways. Even Randy's famous last line is garbled and makes no sense. Very disappointing.
Alas, Babylon is the story of the survivors of a post-apocalyptic nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union. It primarily follows the story of Randy Bragg who becomes the leader of a small band of survivors and eventually the protector and leader of the entire town of Fort Repose Florida. Readers of post-apocalyptic fiction will recognize many of the themes and archetypes. Alas, Babylon is unique because it is one of the books that established those ideas particularly relating to atomic era apocalypses. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in post-apocalyptic fiction or who enjoys a character examination through the guise of the end of the world.
The reason why I gave this so few stars is not because of the book, but the Kindle edition is simply terrible. I have read many books on the Kindle and this is by far the worst proofreading job I have ever seen. Either the publisher or Amazon should be ashamed to be selling something of such poor quality. There is probably at least 2 to 3 errors on every page it's quite annoying.
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