On the Beach - Nevil Shute

Don’t let the cheesy art on this book’s cover fool you—On the Beach is a carefully crafted work by a master writer. This was my gateway book into the marvelous works of Nevil Shute, the British engineer who discovered he had a talent for writing, built his own plane and flew to Australia, where he wrote most of his novels. Written in 1957, On the Beach imagines a world after the major superpowers unleash their nuclear weapons on each other. The fallout is sweeping around the globe and the lone survivors are in Australia. Global destruction is hard to comprehend, so Shute makes things personal by focusing his tale on a few individuals: a young couple and their new baby who’ll never see the flowers bloom in the garden that they’re planting; an American submarine captain so grief-stricken for his lost family back in the States that he’s in total denial; a young woman who’ll never marry and have the family she’s always wanted, but who’s willing to be the life of the party until the bitter end; and a racecar driver who has stockpiled gasoline for his last, great race. The ending to the book is no surprise, but when it comes, the way these wonderful people approach their own mortality is refreshing, and though you’ll finish it in tears, you’ll be grateful for the peace they find in the end.

On the Beach (Vintage International) By Nevil Shute Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307473998
Availability: Backordered
Published: Vintage - February 9th, 2010