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The Ragged Edge

1965 novel written by Samuel Youd

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There's a whole lot of shaking going on.

  • Dec 19, 2009
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Matthew is a horticulturalist living on the small island of Gurney.  Living a quiet life.  His daughter is at school on the main land.  There are news reports of violent earthquakes occurring in the South Pacific Ocean and a few other places around the globe.  But he pays no mind to them expect in conversations with his neighbors.  One night, Matthew hears a dog barking outside.  Alerted by the noise, he grabs his shotgun to investigate.  A violent quake shakes the ground knocking him down.  When he gets back up the air is quiet and nary a sound.  Whilst searching around, Matthew notices that his house has been completely destroyed along with every other building around him.  What has happened?  Is this truly the end-of-the-World-as-we-know-it?

The Ragged Edge aka A Wrinkle in the Skin is a post apocalyptic novel written by Samuel Youd (under the pen name John Christopher).  A curious story that deals with the Earth being dramatically changed by a series of violent earthquakes.  Seas have seemingly disappeared whilst over areas are sunken into the ground.  A lot of confusion, desperation and lawlessness sets in as society is destroyed and the survivors are sent back to living in the Dark Ages.  Rural communal life has become common place in order for survival.  Matthew Cotter the protagonist of the novel searches for survivors and supplies. The people he meets are either shocked, gravely injured or driven mad.  The only thing that keeps his sanity is the glimmer of hope that England was perhaps spared and his daughter is alive,

I liked the book.  It's a different take about the end of civilization.  Instead of a plague or a nuclear war, the cause of it's collapse is nature.  The changing of the Earth's surface and shifting of the eco-system along with man being reduced to savages make for an interesting read.  I have to highly recommend this novel for fans of the post apocalypse.

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Written under the nom de plume John Christopher.
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Author: Samuel Youd
Genre: Post Apocalypse, Science Fiction
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
Date Published: 1965
Format: Hardcover
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