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The Death of Grass (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – International Edition, April 14, 2009
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The Death of Grass sticks with commendable perseverance to the surface of the earth we know... John Christopher has constructed an unusually dramatic and exciting tale * Daily Mail * I know and admire The Death of Grass. It was published at roughly the same time as The Day Of The Triffids. In my judgement, it is by far the better book. The characterisation is better and the mood uniformly cold. It is a thrilling and sensible work -- Brian Aldiss Gripping ... of all science fiction's apocalypses, this is one of the most haunting * Financial Times *
About the Author
Robert Macfarlane is the author of Mountains of the Mind, The Wild Places, The Old Ways and Landmarks. Mountains of the Mind won the Guardian First Book Award and the Somerset Maugham Award and The Wild Places won the Boardman-Tasker Award. Both books have been adapted for television by the BBC. He is a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and writes on environmentalism, literature and travel for publications including the Guardian, the Sunday Times and The New York Times. He is currently working on an illustrated children's book about the natural world in collaboration with illustrator Jackie Morris.
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Seeing how easily society breaks down is frightening, because I could see this easily happening. Look at today's political climate; society is breaking down already, without an ecological catastrophe. Now, imagine THIS situation...it is easy to see that this level of chaos (if not more) would wreak havoc on the world.
As I said, it has aged very well, and gives one ample food for thought.
Still, this book is famous in the sub-genre of 'cosy catastrophes' and describes a more brutal, because more far-reaching disaster than <i>Day of the Triffids</i>. Brutality lies just under the surface of every honest Englishman, it seems, and this is a somewhat more plausible viewpoint than John Wyndham's. If anything, it remidns me more of Nevil Shute's <i>On The Beach</i>, not ecaue of the brutality, but because of the dispassionate way that's treated..
Since the book has been out of print for so long, I'd advise anyone interested in British SF to pick this up for a read, but for a good read I'd stick to Wyndham.
A small band makes their way from London to a safe place in the country.
It didn't go as far as I would have liked; it never showed them dealing with the challenges of maintaining their refuge.
I would recommend it.