On the Beach

On the Beach

by Nevil Shute
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Those who have read this book and find it "boring" have managed to miss the whole point and flavour of the book. This was not written as an instant gratification, blood and guts flying around thriller or action piece. It was written as a warning. It was written from the perspective of the most likey survivors of such an appalling scenaro. Those deep under water, deep in a cave under ground, those in the farthest reaches from the initial blasts and shockwaves would be the survivors.......for a time...anyway. A principled military commander would behave as the main male character did. Australians, as I have known them, would for the most part behave as if life were going on as normal, and be polite, cheeky, playful, generous and caring of each other until it was their time, as individals to face and accept the innevitable. A world wide nuclear event isnt going to be an exciting, suspence filled thriller. Its going to be a horror with any survivors in post traumatic shock and with little else to do except keep on keeping on, until its time to decide whether to quietly crawl off and die alone, or quietly lie down to die with the people and things around them that they love the most, or to go out singing and fishing at their favorite fishing hole. I, for one, have understood the potential of a scenario such as that described by the author because I am, personally, a military Veteran; the great great, great, etc...grandaughter of Veterans, the daughter, sister and wife of Veterans, and the mother of a multiple deployment, currently serving soldier. So if you are looking for cheap thrills and vicarious heroics and action.........dont read this. If you want something that provokes thoughtfulness about how you hope you will behave in a post nuclear situation that leaves you only a little time left to make peace with your life, your loves, yourself and your God.......then this book will not "bore". It might actually save that most important part of you and allow you to behave with kindness, compassion and dignity in some hopeless and helpless situation you may find yourself enduring someday.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel is a timeless classic. I first read it in high school 40 years ago and I just knew I had to read it again. I discovered that the story is as relevant today as it was then. My kids are in their 20s and I am pleased to say that they were as enthralled with it as I was 40 years ago.
Bri-man More than 1 year ago
The headline says it all. On the Beach is a chilling example of what could happen to the inhabitants of our planet, if the outbreak of a global nuclear war occurs. On The Beach is one of those books that is a page turner, but also one that you have to put down every so often before reaching the end, because it's so heartwrenching. The story follows the last days of mankind, and the months leading to them. 37 days of nuclear war have wiped out all life in the northern hemisphere, and while it appears that Australia, South America, and South Africa have gotten a freepass from the total destruction that rained down upon the rest of the world, their deaths will come in months from the radioactive fallout that is steadily coming their way. The main focus of On the Beach is on a few different charecters. One is US Navy Captain Dwight Towers, who lost his family in America during the war. They either died in the blast (if fortunate) or died of radiation sickness, and he must come to grips with them being dead. The other is Moira Davidson, a 24 year old who is drawn to Capt. Towers and dealing with the fact that with death coming via radiation, she will never get to do the things she wanted in life. There is also a scientist who uses the time he has left to live on the edge so to speak, and finally we come to the most painful story in the book, Peter, and Mary Holmes. They are a young couple with a baby (possibly born or conceived during the war) who must cope with the fact that they must poison their child, and kill her to spare her from the painful death that is radiation sickness. While Nevil Shute may have had some trouble constructing dialougue, and I find people's reaction to impending doom a tad too calm for the overall direness of their situation, he did convey a message that we are all living on borrowed time, and we have choices when it comes to facing death. As I said in the headline, On the Beach should be required reading for anyone, whether it be leaders of nations that have nuclear weapons, or the military personel who initiate launch sequences.
ImaBookey More than 1 year ago
You start reading "On The Beach" and from the first page, realize that you are going to have a different relationship with this book. It was written in 1957 and yes, there was a movie made, but the writing and story telling is as pertinent today as ever. The grace of the characters, the love of the time and the integrity of decisions as each person faced the end makes this a keeper for my library. To consider that it could all come to an end, but have the sense of it's the beginning ... what a gift.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book On the Beach by Nevil Shute is a great book for anyone to read. I do not really like to read fictional story, but the connection between the characters in this book do not let me to put it away. I like the title of this book because every thing in this book happens on the beach and ocean. I am recommending to anyone to read this book because it will make you to think about how you will spend the last day of your life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book On the Beach by Nevil Shute is a great book for anyone to read. I¿m not a big reader but this book really got my attention quick. This book was hard to put down. I just couldn't wait to find out the ending. I didn't expect the outcome. I liked how the characters in this book didn¿t know if they were going to live or die. The book was teaching you a lesson to enjoy life because you don¿t know when the world is going to end. If you like mysteries and you want a book that keeps you wondering you should look into reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a 13 year old girl who has read about WW2 all her life. I believe this book is one of the greatest "It could have happened books ever written".If you love that type of book look no further and then check out the movie which has Eva Gardener and Gregory Peck,two phenomenal actors!:)
wookietim More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most depressing books you will ever read. Seriously, it makes "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy look like happy fun time. But at the same time it is incredibly well written and one of those books that goes down in only one sitting. Well worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this while on an actual submarine patrol in the North Atlantic in the 70's. It is a powerful book reminding us that there are no winners in a nuclear war, thank goodness it never became reality. Yes, my fellow shipmates thought I was nuts to read such a book while underway, perhaps they were right?
CGS_MI More than 1 year ago
This is a book that we need to make sure our children appreciate. The one best word I can use to describe it is "haunting". When reading it, I constantly find myself thinking along the lines of the characters - "No need to do this, since there's little time left". This is a fantastic book to show the next generation what it was like to live with the potential of a superpower nuclear war, even if the science is dated. One of my all-time favorites - I wish the ebook version was priced more reasonably, but for now I'll be satisfied with my 1957 (bought used) original.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one sitting. i couldnt leave it alone. the story of the survivors of WWIII is touching and painful. if you want to know what the last days are really going to be like, here it is
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is truly amazing book to read. The author really describes each character and what they are like. He also lets you know what is going on in the story, but you have to figure it out yourself. I would reccomend anyone to go out and read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished this- as this was voted one of the top ten scariest books written.. at first it did not scare me- but by the end I had many sleepless nights and dreams of radiation sickness! SCARY!! It is scary- because the way the world is going in its crazy direction, may one day leave all to consider the time we have till we open the red box with our loved ones at hand.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Louise obviously has never been in the military, or sat through hours of NBC (nuclear, biological, chemical) warfare training. There is probably not a whole lot of background in sociology, either, based on her comments. I was in the military and I did take numerous Sociology courses in school. The really awsome and awful part of this book is how it DOES realistically portray one scenario of what COULD be the fate of the world in the event of an all out nuclear war. Not every corner of the earth will be scorched and mangled. But everyone will suffer. Of the survivors, those that turn to anarchy and complete all out emotional and spiritual insanity are relatively few, compared to those that once the shock of what we did to ourselves settles in, begin to make peace with what world and time they have left. You bet, the world of science that is still alive is going to be fighting tooth, claw and nail to try to find a quick solution to the radiation - and to date, there is none. And many WILL kill themselves, either before, or when suicide medication is provided. Many, like me, will not, regardless of how sick we get because to us suicide is not the answer. Even under those circumstances. Though we will not judge those that choose it. Because we'll WANT to choose it too. At the time this book was written, we didn't have all the technology. We didn't have a Neutron Bomb. Who needs radiation when you have a bomb that simply dissolves all organic matter. People should never underestimate the power of the human to destroy ourselves, or the power of our spirit to rise beyond our stupidity, even if its only for a couple of weeks or months. This world will not end. Those of us who are Christians believe this. Many people do believe that the world intself will cease to exist. However we believe, we all agree that the world, AS WE KNOW IT, will end. Because of war, most likely, whether accidental, or on purpose. Everyone, Christian, Jew, Muslim, Buddist, Indian - all of our religious teachings know this. Even the Atheist, Agnostic and Satanist knows it. Fortunately for you and for me, it hasn't happened. Yet. So the writer didn't have the frame of reference of a world gone entirely insane. However, from the science and social standpoint - I don't think this dude was too far off the mark.
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