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And as he makes his way back to England, he finds nothing but dead men and women everywhere. Man so violent, and at times whimsical, and Leda cautious, with always a plan about her for she knows what God intends for her.

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Pese a contar con un buen punto de partida, esta novela me ha ido creando un problema tras otro, hasta el punto que estaba deseando terminarla y pasar a otra cosa. He goes crazy-he torches entire cities, hears voices, is deathly afraid of what happens if he could meet someone else, and tries to repent of his cruelty by making a palace for God.

La nube purpurea : Matthew Phipps Shiel :

Shiel has a marvelous vocabulary – his sentences are beautiful, but the plot of this story bogs down midway. But that’s not all, folks.

It’s compelling because there is no “stiff upper lip” here-the main character is tormented and even diabolical. His rage knows no bounds. Almost better than M. I was reminded of “Frankenstein” and “20, Leagues Under nkbe Sea” in the sense that the flourishing style of the author is sometimes neglectful of the aspects of realism necessary to make fantasy believable.

Meanwhile, a preacher rails against the endeavor, saying that God does not intend Man to plumb these mysteries. Giorgio Manganelli fu un amante di quest’opera: His going about the towns looking for survivors or naming all the type of ships he comes across on the ocean, is stifling almost robotic.


The evidence he finds leads him to understand that a great “purple cloud, smelling of peaches” made its way over the Earth, killing everything in its path.

Yeah, so half this book consists of the main character, the last man on Earth, wondering the wonder and blowing stuff up. With prose as purple as the cloud which destroys mankind, Matthew Phipps Shiel vividly brings to life the mind of the last madman let loose upon the too-quiet earth.

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The book was written in Open Preview See a Problem? Shiel bebe de fuentes como E. It’s worth a read if only to acknowledge The Purple Cloud’s place in science fiction. Reynolds Morse’s monumental series, The Works of M. Where Lovecraft’s story revealed a past and a cosmos where humans hardly signified, Shiel’s is a retelling of the Biblical Flood myth and an OT God’s disgust with His Creation at least the human part of it.

His reserve tempers what would likely be astounding levels of horror, yet seems to be almost wane-like in his examinations of cities filled with the dead. It’s not what the modern reader is at all accustomed to, and must have been unusual even for a late Victorian work.

He torches the cities he passes through in an orgy of destruction that he watches from a suitably scenic height. I about jumped for joy when he started to lose his mind and begin burning cities around the world starting with London, for at least it began to pick up once again. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

But some sort of fate protects Jeffson and he alone of his entire expedition makes it to the goal. Jeffson is a doctor who wishes he could go on a North Pole expedition. To displace the mechanics of the mundane is to dilute the impact of the bizarre. Instead of reading about fifty random items on a table that a character passes by briefly, we are witness to all the minutiae of dead and burning cities, all the colors and smells of fuse and flame and furnace and madness, and we can all too easily see the mad eyes of Adam Jeffson taking it all in for a few perfect moments before ennui drives his rage even higher.


The prose reads like a nineteenth-century travelogue – very calm and studied – but the story reads like Mad Max.

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Read for Post-Apocalyptic Book Club. Shiel’s book is John Sutherland’s intro placing it in the stream of other last-man novels, hi This is one of those books that has a great premise post-apocalypse, last man alivebut is ponderous to read. It’s better than usual because the main character actually reacts like someone would when no other human exists.

Aug 01, Kay rated it liked it Shelves: He even gets so far as to approach her with upraised knife but a bolt of lightning jolts it out of his hand. Well that was 40 pages of setting the scene and building up tension and then pages of anticlimax.

For some inexplicable reason, the North Pole, which bears no resemblance whatsoever to the Garden of Eden in the Bible, has become associated with that place and the idea behind The Purple Cloud is that if anyone every reaches the Pole and enters the forbidden territory once again, then all of mankind will be wiped out.