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One of the benefits of being the last man on Earth is that you would have the freedom to do whatever you want. The planet would be literally yours. Adam takes advantage of this. He becomes more and more eccentric, travelling around the world, burning cities to the ground. He wants to wipe out all trace of humanity, to make it look as if the human race had never existed. This could be put down to a symptom of Adam's growing madness - a madness caused by enforced solitude.
The premise is a good one. "The Purple Cloud" sounds like an HG Wells novel in style. The language is a bit flowery, but I didn't mind that. (The book was published in the early 1900's after all.) When you read this book you travel around the world with Adam and find the same thing - emptyness, stillness, silence. How would you cope?
In 1959 a film called "The World, the Flesh and the Devil" was released. It was supposedley based on "The Purple Cloud", but it had nothing to do with MP Shiel's story.
If you are a lover of apocalyptic works, movies, books etc, you will not want to miss the Purple Cloud. I nearly gave it a miss due to the title, but fortunately for me I did not. Great book, profound and the ending will blow you away.
I feel the author captured the human spirit very well in his characters. Man so violent, and at times whimsical, and Leda cautious, with always a plan about her for she knows what God intends for her. I also think that man alone is a terrible torture to oneself for we are a social creature and the author portrays that very well.
My problem is that I just did not like the main character. Mostly he is a jerk. He is somewhat redeemed in the end however.
The story is basically post-apocalyptic, with spiritual undertones. No zombies or roving bands of starving people, more psychological. The main character is tormented, inventive, destructive - engaging.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This old classic has its moments. I had heard about this novel for many years but always managed to skip reading it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by James Robert Smith
It was a slow read to start and could not really get into it. So, put it down and started reading a week later and really liked the book. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
An interesting read. Considering the time period, this has to be one of the first "post-apocalyptic" novels since Revelations.Published 16 months ago by J.D. Brooks
It is old. It is long. It can be tedious. However, it is still one of the best last man on earth stories you will ever read.Published 16 months ago by Joe
I have the edition of The Purple Cloud recently published by Penguin Classics and annotated by John Sutherland. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Michael Moisio
This is one of the first Science Fiction books that gave me an interest in Sci Fi/ Fantasy books. I've reread it at least 3-4 times in the past 40 years. Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by Buddy Massey
This book indeed establishes the "Last Man on Earth" genre. The main character had an encyclopedic knowledge which seemed a bit of a stretch at times; he was a scientist who had an... Read morePublished on February 23, 2013 by RICHARD W. AHO
This book explores the effect of an apocalyptic event on the mind and behaviour of an individual symbolically named Adam, who is literally the "last man on earth. Read morePublished on February 22, 2013 by Billy Boy
First published in 1901, this apocalyptic novel has been reissued as a "forgotten classic." While the "classic" label may be something of an overstatement, it is important as one... Read morePublished on February 18, 2013 by gammyraye
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