A Literary A-Z: O


Please continue to play along. Add any choice of book title, or the name of an author whose work you enjoy, as long as it begins with ‚O‘.

Given the current world situation, Nevil Shute’s 1957 novel ‚On The Beach‘ may well be an appropriate title to start ‚O‘ with. This is a post-apocalyptic tale, imagining a nuclear war has happened in the northern hemisphere. It is set in Melbourne, Australia, as a variety of characters await the impending doom of the nuclear fallout reaching their country. After receiving a morse code message from the US coast, a submarine is sent to investigate. This happens to be an American submarine that was in Australian waters at the time war broke out. When they arrive, they find nothing left, and the message proves to be a mechanical error. This is a far from uplifting read. Written during the Cold War, when…

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