Modern Classics The Death Of Grass by John ChristopherModern Classics The Death Of Grass by John Christopher

Modern Classics The Death Of Grass

byJohn Christopher

Paperback | April 14, 2009

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A thought experiment in future-shock survivalism' Robert MacFarlane 'Gripping ... of all science fiction's apocalypses, this is one of the most haunting' Financial Times WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ROBERT MACFARLANE A post-apocalyptic vision of the world pushed to the brink by famine, John Christopher's science fiction masterpiece The Death of Grass includes an introduction by Robert MacFarlane in Penguin Modern Classics. At first the virus wiping out grass and crops is of little concern to John Custance. It has decimated Asia, causing mass starvation and riots, but Europe is safe and a counter-virus is expected any day. Except, it turns out, the governments have been lying to their people. When the deadly disease hits Britain, society starts to descend into barbarism. As John and his family try to make it across country to the safety of his brother's farm in a hidden valley, their humanity is tested to its very limits. A chilling psychological thriller and one of the greatest post-apocalyptic novels ever written, The Death of Grass shows people struggling to hold on to their identities as the familiar world disintegrates - and the terrible price they must pay for surviving. John Christopher (1922-2012) was the pen name of Samuel Youd, a prolific writer of science fiction. His novels were popular during the 1950s and 1960s, most notably The Death Of Grass (1956), The World in Winter (1962), and Wrinkle in the Skin (1965), all works depicting ordinary people struggling in the midst of apocalyptic catastrophes. In 1966 he started writing science-fiction for adolescents; The Tripods trilogy, the Prince in Waiting trilogy (also known as the Sword of the Spirits trilogy) and The Lotus Caves are still widely read today. Ifyou enjoyed The Death of Grass, you might like John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.
Robert Macfarlane is the author of Mountains of the Mind, The Wild Places, The Old Ways and Landmarks. Mountains of the Mind won the Guardian First Book Award and the Somerset Maugham Award and The Wild Places won the Boardman-Tasker Award. Both books have been adapted for television by the BBC. He is a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Camb...
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Title:Modern Classics The Death Of GrassFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.65 inPublished:April 14, 2009Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0141190175

ISBN - 13:9780141190174

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Grass: The original zombie The central conflict of most apocalyptic fiction is not the doomsday agent itself, but rather how society and individuals adapt (often to each other) as a result. This novel feels very contemporary, especially when compared to popular media such as The Walking Dead. It is a pretty easy read, and although it can sometimes feel like it belongs in a high school classroom, there are dark undertones that can lead to an exploration of deeper themes. Briskly paced and always interesting, it is highly recommended.
Date published: 2016-11-07