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Alas, Babylon

Alas Babylon Alas Babylon Those fateful words heralded the end When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight and tens of millions of people are

  • Title: Alas, Babylon
  • Author: Pat Frank
  • ISBN: 9780060741877
  • Page: 450
  • Format: Paperback
  • Alas, Babylon Those fateful words heralded the end When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the Alas, Babylon Those fateful words heralded the end When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness.

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    About "Pat Frank"

    1. Pat Frank

      Pat Frank was the lifelong nickname adopted by the American writer, newspaperman, and government consultant, who was born Harry Hart Frank and who is remembered today almost exclusively for his post apocalyptic novel Alas, Babylon Before the publication of his first novel Mr Adam launched his second career as novelist and independent writer, Frank spent many years as a journalist and information handler for several newspapers, agencies, and government bureaus His fiction and nonfiction books, stories, and articles made good use of his years of experience observing government and military bureaucracy and its malfunctions, and the threat of nuclear proliferation and annihilation After the success of Alas, Babylon, Frank concentrated on writing for magazines and journals, putting his beliefs and concerns to political use, and advising various government bodies In 1960 he served as a member of the Democratic National Committee In 1961, the year in which he received an American Heritage Foundation Award, he was consultant to the National Aeronautics and Space Council From 1963 through 1964 the Department of Defense made use of Frank s expertise and advice, and this consultancy turned out to be his last response to his country s call His other books include Mr Adam and Forbidden Area Biography courtesy of HarperCollins

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    1. And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornicationand lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament forher, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying,Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city for in onehour is thy judgment come RevelationsThe cover art of the American First Edition from 1959.Randy Bragg comes from a long line of prestigious individuals He, unfortunately, has never found a way to live up to th [...]


    2. This book was published in 1959, and it feels like it every step of the way The plot is compelling enough, but the writing is incredibly wooden I actually laughed out loud at some of the passages, and not in a nice way The author drags us through 100 pages of rising action, which is annoying because it adds nothing to the plot, and we all know the bomb is going to hit before we even read the blurb on the back cover The racism and sexism are also pretty terrible Even after the freakin nuclear hol [...]


    3. 4.5 to 5.0 stars I think the above pictures and quotes express a lot better than my words ever could what I would like to say in this review about the power and eloquence of Pat Frank s 1959 story about the folly and danger of Nuclear war I can not imagine a better novel about the immediate after effects of a global nuclear war than what is presented here.True, the fact that anyone is left alive after the war does tend to make the novel anachronistic But since, a war begins and everyone is dead [...]


    4. another great survival book this one was surprising because it didnt feel dated at all, even though it was written in 1959 it makes me wish there were maybe 200 pages, particularly about rita, who is how i would want to be in the aftermath shotgun high heels stockpiles.i love the image, but the reality is that i would be in the library, probably rereading this book for tips meta to sum it up in a few words armadillos, glasses, honey, kaboom and two things i learned, to continue my lists do not [...]


    5. Terrified at her torment, they will stand off and cry Woe Woe to you, great city, you mighty city of Babylon In one hour your doom has come The Book of Revelation 18 10 Y esterday was a past period in history, with laws and rules archaic as ancient Rome s Today the rules had changed, just as Roman law gave way to atavistic barbarism as the empire fell to Hun and Goth Today a man saved himself and his family and to hell with everyone else Pat Frank, Alas, Babylon We can t do this Every man for hi [...]


    6. UPDATED below in honor of a GR reading groupA satisfying account of a community surviving a nuclear Holocaust in isolation from the rest of the world It was written in 1959, so it set a precedent for all the apocalypse literature that followed Instead of the perhaps plausible temporary survival of human society in Nevil Chute s On the Beach , this tale of a rural central Florida community blessed with favorable winds on the day the missiles fly makes the story one of a successful long term surv [...]


    7. Review May2013 Reading again with the Books, Movies, TV and Life group It s been 4 years since I last read this That s often than I probably should, but I ll see how it goes.Frank provides a very short introduction to the novel that is interesting He was a journalist had than a passing knowledge of our strategic thinking of the time His entry is quite brief.enpedia wiki Pat_FrankI was born the year this novel came out, yet the times mind set seem very, very familiar Frank paints the picture ve [...]


    8. Published in 1959 the classic apocalyptic novel that stunned the world Late to the party I ve read very little classic Sci Fi, a wonderful introduction Bit of a slow build up but persevere, not until the bomb drops does it really get interesting Then it s all action played out by a diverse group of characters, plenty worthy of rooting for Because she shared my name I couldn t help but love the gossipy old biddy that worked for Western Union new everybody s business Florence is a guppy, a nice, d [...]



    9. A re read but, at my best guess, I previously read this just about exactly 30 years ago It was a ubiquitous presence on library and bookstore shelves The paperback with this cover d assets books 1327598 I couldn t have told you the details, but re reading for post apocalyptic book club, of course , it was striking how certain images came back to me with such clear familiarity the radiation burn around a woman s finger from irradiated jewelry, for example In style, the book reminded me quite a lo [...]


    10. This is a letter I wrote to our family after reading this book This book definitely gives you a lot to think about even if there isn t a nuclear holocaust, we could definitely find ourselves without resources for a number of other reasons The people in the book had done no planning ahead, but managed to adapt I think it is important to plan for the worst and hope for the best Thus came the letter I drafted for our family.Our Dearest Family,Current events have given us a good reason to stop and l [...]


    11. Even as a kid and a teen, I ve always had a keen interest in fictional and dramatic post apocalyptic scenarios I ve never tried to analyze why, but perhaps the appeal of this kind of speculation is that it speaks to deep seated modern fears and concerns about the future that all of us feel It s a theme that s been around in science fiction since the early 19th century In the aftermath of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and under the tension of the Cold War, fear of nuclear war was pervasive, not only in [...]


    12. Alas, Babylon was written in 1959 and is part of what I call the Trifecta of Nuclear Cold War novels The first is Fail Safe which addresses how Nuclear War can be easily triggered though human error and simple stupidity The second is On the Beach which deals with the possible end of humankind due to nuclear war The third is Alas Babylon which takes play immediately after a first nuclear attack and deals with the hardships of surviving a nuclear attack All three together adequately portrays the f [...]


    13. Well first off I have no idea why Day of the Triffids is always held up as the poster child of thecozy catastrophe phenomenon, because that is kind of this book s whole raison d etre What we have here, in fact, is a kind of anti modern ode to the traditionally minded small town communities of America, brought about how else by means of the USSR removing the major cities of the nation and replacing them with smoking radioactive craters.Did I mention this was published in 1959 As a novel, this is [...]


    14. This is a compelling, atmospheric book about the physical, social and emotional consequences of nuclear war in a small Florida community This book was written in 1959, when the dangers of a nuclear conflagration were not negligible, but it feels surprisingly modern and relevant to modern sensibilities The crescendo of tension bringing to the actual trigger of the nuclear catastrophe, as well as the description of the event itself, are quite memorable and feel very realistic unsettlingly so The d [...]


    15. This was probably one of the very first end of the world novels I read and it is still one of the best.At the very end, one characters asks Who won and another replied why, we did and turned to begin the thousand year night So much for winning a nuclear war.Very scary and depressing, and unfortunately all to real on what life would be like after a nuclear exchange.


    16. 2.5 stars, rounded up As a historical relic, Alas, Babylon is fascinating Written just as things were heating up during the Cold War, it displays a level of paranoia that seems outrageous laughable today, depending on your disposition Still, I have no doubt it s accurate as a gauge for the mood of swaths of the public at the time I m old enough to remember the 80s from the other side of the world in Bucharest, we lived in fear of nuclear fallout from any bombings unleashed on the USSR, and that [...]


    17. Pat Frank s Alas, Babylon is a classic novel of post nuclear war survival Set in Fort Repose, Florida, a tiny town that is missed by the nuclear missiles that level all major cities in the U.S it is less Cold War science fiction than a survivalist epic.The author of One Second After acknowledged this book as one of his inspirations, and the two books are very similar in many ways Both feature the residents of a small Southern town forming a survivalist community in the wake of the collapse of th [...]


    18. I read Alas, Babylon during a vacation to Mammoth at the end of August, 2005 We had no TV, no newspapers and no radio for 4 days When we got home, we learned about the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina As I watched news reports about the aftermath, I kept thinking back to the incidents in this book It was just a bit spooky and it made me realize how unprepared I am for a major disaster It also made me wonder if it s even possible to be truly prepared for a disaster Maybe it s your characte [...]


    19. I recently read that this book inspired John Lennon on his anti war views, and that it also inspired many other books with the same topic This is an amazing apocalyptic book that gives an inside into nuclear warfare and survivalism, and should be read with caution.


    20. Your grandfather used to walk to school in Fort Repose When he was your age there weren t any school busses When he couldn t hitch a ride in a buggy, or one of the early automobiles, he walked Randy put his arm around the boy s shoulder Let s get going I guess we ll both have to learn to walk again Part of our life in the modern era even after the collapse of the Soviet Union and all that went with it is the silent understanding that one day, perhaps quite unexpectedly, the world might end It ma [...]


    21. The classic apocalyptic novel that stunned the world is across the front cover of this book It was written in 1959 when fear of the atomic bomb was all encompassing so I can only imagine how stunned people were to read this book when it came out The last apocalyptic novel I read was The Road and it was incredibly depressing This one wasn twhile at times this book was chilling, it was filled with goodness and hope In fact, it was a mirror image of the way I ve always pictured things would go down [...]


    22. Actual 3.5 ratingI think something like Cormack McCarthy s The Road might be a little indicative of a post nuclear war world than what was presented here, but nevertheless, the story still brought home the reality of what could happen.The book was written in the late 50 s during the height of the atomic war fear and of course, technology was nowhere near what it is now I think, even though we are not in a state of paranoia about nuclear was as they were then, we are a little enlightened on wha [...]


    23. Alas, Babylon was one of the perplexing literary experiences I ve had this year Written by Pat Frank, it s the story of Randy Bragg and a small Florida town, Fort Repose, after America and the Soviet Union declare war in the late 1950s.Randy s doing nothing much in the family house in Fort Repose, Florida except drinking and charming local women with the exception of his neighbor Florence, who suspects him of being a Peeping Tom when his brother sends a cable with their code phrase, Alas, Babyl [...]


    24. An apocalyptic event for the polite Alas, Babylon is a great read of an event without the blood and gore Almost an event for the suburbs The premise is that the world has ended in nuclear holocaust except for this little section of oasis Oddly, the world continues on almost as if nothing has happened Pat Frank has done an amazing job of hinting at the turmoil underneath, but does not end up being talked about in polite company Southern hospitality rules this novel and it works, but it is almost [...]


    25. It s no surprise that this book has stood the test of time More than a half century later, it still worked, delivering a sobering if not profoundly depressing , poignant, thought provoking, and, in moments, transcendent experience It s definitely one of the best post apocalyptic real than dystopian pieces I ve read, and I now wish I d read it sooner.Nuclear holocaust and its aftermath grounded and practical and contextual than the speculative out of context dystopias such as The Road, or The P [...]


    26. What a book What a challenging and hope filled and inspiring book I was terrified to read this book Our world feels incredibly unstable at present and I was certain that this book would be incapable of giving me anything other than additional stress and anxiety I was so wrong Mercifully, I was so very wrong The most valuable lesson for me personally there are no hopeless options in a nuclear war This may sound trite but for me personally, it was a powerfully inspiring lesson to learn I know that [...]


    27. This book is in my toolbox for good reason When the stuff starts hitting the fan and getting flung far and wide, I will be hunkered down in the public library looking to locate the salt licks and not breaking into the shoe store for some new Converse Of course, I could just buy a block of salt and wait patiently, but where s the fun in that For a person of potentially guilty proportions Where were you, Jen, when your children were hungry and bleeding and the stuff hit the fan this book is a comf [...]


    28. Considering it was published in 1959, it s held up very well I can see the events of the book and their consequences happening in such a way if the unthinkable were to happen today People don t change much Alas, Babylon is a compelling read, drawing me into the central characters lives and making me care what happens to them For a post apocalyptic novel, it wasn t all doom and gloom some opportunistic thugs but far good people working together to survive as a community The author is optimistic [...]


    29. One of the better post apocalyptic novels Following a surviving town or clean area after a nuclear exchange I ve read far worse This one will hold your attention.


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