Men come and go but earth abides

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Quote by George R. Stewart: “Men go and come, but earth abides.”

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“Men go and come, but the earth abides”

Earth Abides is a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by American writer George R. It tells the story of the fall of civilization from deadly disease and its rebirth. The story was set in the United States in the s in Berkeley, California and told by a character, Isherwood Williams, who emerges from isolation in the mountains to find almost everyone dead. Earth Abides won the inaugural International Fantasy Award in While working on his graduate thesis in geography in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Ish is bitten by a rattlesnake. As he heals from the bite, taking refuge in a cabin, he gets sick with a disease that looks like measles , and he moves in and out of consciousness at one point being approached by two men who flee in fright.

This page is a working area for my notes on Earth Abides by George R. Of all the works I list on my intertext page this work and the description of the character Ish have resonated in my mind for most of my life. This is really a paraphrase and a non-standard translation of the verse. It is the basis of the title of the book and through out his writing Stewart does his best to show that over a long period of time the earth remains despite the changes that occur in humanity. I have a reprinted edition of the book published in

April 4, News and Reviews. It follows Isherwood Williams, known as just Ish, for a period of about 50 or 60 years, starting after The Great Disaster, an unknown plague that wipes out all but just a few pockets of survivors. We see The Tribe, as they call themselves, started from just seven survivors, as it develops into a group of over a hundred people in the hills of San Francisco. Even when a few of them gather to start a community, the writing style is mostly descriptive, without a lot of talk. Would the children born into the new world be curious about the old one? Would they view the Old Ones as people like themselves, or would they look on them as gods who created all the indecipherable wonders they see around them?

George R. Stewart — 'Men go and come, but earth abides.'.
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