- Paperback: 190 pages
- Publisher: Avon Books; later paperback edition (May 1, 1980)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0380480093
- ISBN-13: 978-0380480098
- Package Dimensions: 7 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 76 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,983,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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No Blade of Grass Paperback – May 1, 1980
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Avon, 1980. Mass market paperback. "First Avon Printing, May, 1980", no number line [ignores two previous Avon editions]. This is a 1956 science fiction novel, first published as "The Death of Grass." A post-apocalypse story where food crops fail, and the world descends into chaos.
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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.