The Long Tomorrow

The Long Tomorrow

by Leigh Brackett

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ISBN-13: 9781612420134
Publisher: Arc Manor
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 202
Sales rank: 555,648
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)

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You may think you are tired of prophecies of the decay of civilization after a destructive A-war; but let me assure you that Leigh Brackett has taken this subject and made it sparkling fresh by the warmth and perception of her writing."

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The Long Tomorrow 2.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book might be fine, but the Nook edition is unreadable due to hard-coded tiny fonts.
auntmarge64 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A middling post-apocalyptic novel about two New Mennonite boys who find a forbidden radio and manage to hear part of a message, after which they run away from home to find the legendary Bartorstown, supposedly an actual city in which scientists struggle to bring back the technological world of the pre-Destruction. A leisurely, not particularly suspenseful tale.
craso on LibraryThing 5 months ago
"No city, no town, no community of more than one thousand people or two hundred buildings to the square mile shall be built or permitted to exist anywhere in the United States of America. Constitution of the United States. Thirtieth Amendment."So begins the story of Len and Esau, two young men growing up in a post-atomic war America. Those who survived this future war adopted the lifstyle of religious sects such as the Quakers and the Mennonites. To prevent future atomic strife, a thirtieth amendment was added to the constitution to keep large cities from being formed. Young cousins Len and Esau grow up listening to their Gran tell tales of the world of the past with towering buildings and teevee. One night at a revival meeting a man is stoned for being from Bartorstown, a place where free thought and invention is encouraged. The boys become curious about this place and leave home to find it. What exactly is Bartorstown and will it be the place of the boys dreams?The story is well written and thought provoking, but light in the realm of science fiction. The setting is an America without machines; everyone rides in horse drawn carts, they build their own homes, and grow their own food. This made for some dull moments, but this novel is more about ideas than action. Questions about how to halt progress are explored. Everyone is afraid of the past so leaders use religion to control the population and keep them from learning and growing. When people challenge the laws and try to prosper they are brutally stoped. Others believe than in the end progress can not be stoped so the use of atomic weapons must be nullified.This is the first Leigh Brackett novel I've read. She is most well known for writing the script for the movie "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" and for encouraging and mentoring a young Ray Bradbury.
ben_a on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Like so much science fiction, this one declined in interest with the inevitable logic of an inverse power law. The first scenes are grippingly written, and Brackett deserves credit for doing so little stacking of the deck in a novel of ideas. By section three I was skimming. I wanted to like it...
Audacity88 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
One of the greatest characteristics of science fiction is its ability to incorporate all sorts of ways of life into its visions of possible futures. The Long Tomorrow does so with the Amish, as seen from the perspective of a young searcher for truth who comes up against the confines of the "New Mennonite" community he is born into - a community which is made up, not of a few hundred towns sprinkled through north-central America, but of most of the population of a United States in which the great cities, the centers of knowledge and culture in which so many died during the nuclear holocaust, are constitutionally prohibited.Brackett is admirably impartial, inspiring in us sympathy for the main character without discounting the virtues of the religious mindset that he breaks from. I finished this book feeling that I could appreciate the Amish way of life without wanting to trade my own for it.The story is in parts directionless, waiting too long for something to happen or the protagonist to make up his mind about something. Also, the characters' internal monologues sometimes feel unrealistic, and one wonders why the protagonist is able to be at the center of so many crucial events. But these are minor flaws, and Brackett's ability to bring her future vision to life makes this a story worth reading.
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