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Earth Abides

A book by George R. Stewart

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Great Characters

  • Oct 10, 2002
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This was one of the early end of the world novels where the survivors try to restart society. Though there is a lot of scientific inaccuracies, what makes this book great are the characters. If you liked Stephen King's The Stand which also had great characters, then you should like this one.

The main character is Ish. Ish seems to be someone that we all strive to be. Caring and smart. Ish also, has the son that we all wish our children would be like. Ish's son is the smartest of all the children and he simply idolizes Ish.

Ish uses a hammer (a basic, I guess Stanely model) as his symbol of power (or his sceptre) over the survivors. Undoubtedly, the hammer is to pass to Ish's son when Ish dies.

The big project for the survivors is to get an old automobilie repaired enough to explore other lands and try to find other bands of survivors and get civilization back on its feet. I don't want to give the rest of the plot away only to say that this project turns out to be a big mistake.

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review by . September 12, 2004
I enjoyed this one. It is a very good read and certainly gives us some food for thought. We do need to remember when this one was written as to social attitudes, etc., but if we keep this in mind, it is good. I suppose you could read the book for it's social commentary, relate it to unspellable philosophical stances, blah, blah, blah, as one reviewer did, or you can read it for a very nice story to read on a rainy weekend. I enjoyed it, will probably read it again and highly recommend it.
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A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. What he ultimately discovers will prove far more astonishing than anything he'd either dreaded or hoped for.
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ISBN-10: 0449213013
ISBN-13: 978-0449213018
Author: George R. Stewart
Publisher: Fawcett

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