On the Beach by Nevil ShuteAfter a nuclear World War III has destroyed most of the globe, the few remaining survivors in southern Australia await the radioactive cloud that is heading their way and bringing certain death to everyone in its path. Among them is an American submarine captain struggling to resist the knowledge that his wife and children in the United States must be dead. Then a faint Morse code signal is picked up, transmitting from somewhere near Seattle, and Captain Towers must lead his submarine crew on a bleak tour of the ruined world in a desperate search for signs of life. On the Beach is a remarkably convincing portrait of how ordinary people might face the most unimaginable nightmare.
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After the war is over, a radioactive cloud begins to sweep southwards on the winds, gradually poisoning everything in its path. An American submarine captain is among the survivors left sheltering in Australia, preparing with the locals for the inevitable. Despite his memories of his wife, he becomes close to a young woman struggling to accept the harsh realities of their situation. Then a faint Morse code signal is picked up, transmitting from the United States and the submarine must set sail through the bleak ocean to search for signs of life. Both gripping and intensely moving, its impact is unforgettable.
A seven-mile ashen scar is burned into the landscape of Vancouver Island, marking the detonation of a nuclear bomb. The town of Edmonds, Washington, appears to have fared better — its structures are still standing — but no place has been spared the radiation fallout. When an intrepid member of the crew inspects the town, he is delighted by the sight of seven partiers around a table. Then reality strikes. By , cinema had caught up with the zeitgeist, providing several, often low-budget visions of nuclear war and apocalypse, including Five , Captive Women , and Unknown World , in which an unlivable nuclear surface forces the few survivors to seek shelter underground. But fiction was slow to respond to the new frontier of nuclear annihilation, in a world post-Nagasaki, post-Hiroshima, and post-Soviet nuclear armament. Nevil Shute Norway, a British aeronautical engineer by trade, became an unlikely pioneer of the fiction of nuclear apocalypse when On the Beach was published in
‘On the Beach’ played to the anxieties of the Cold War reading public
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…., On the Beach is a post-apocalyptic novel written by British author Nevil Shute after he emigrated to Australia. The novel details the experiences of a mixed group of people in Melbourne as they await the arrival of deadly radiation spreading towards them from the Northern Hemisphere , following a nuclear war a year previously.