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Why did I read 'On The Beach'?

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OhYouBadBadKitten Mon 07-Jan-13 20:01:24

Saw a recommendation here and thought it sounds just up my street.

It's the saddest book I've ever read sad

I dreamt about it last night (was up to the last chapter) and haven't been able to get it out of my head today. I just finished it it. Waaaaaah

So sad sad

missnevermind Mon 07-Jan-13 22:32:26

Is Stranger in a Strange Land the Heinlein novel or is there another one?

CoteDAzur Mon 07-Jan-13 22:34:08

Remus - I just looked at A Town Like Alice and have to say that it sounds pretty dire. As in, awful.

To be honest, I don't think I will ever read another book by Nevil Shute.

CoteDAzur Mon 07-Jan-13 22:35:45

Yes, it's the Heinlein novel.

I think his Time Enough For Love is much better, but Stranger In A Stranger is a classic that has influenced modern culture so I'd say that everyone should read it once.

PomBearWithAnOFRS Mon 07-Jan-13 22:36:03

As Heinlein himself once said about "Stranger...."
"It is amazing what some authors will do for money"
If you judge RAH by that one work you miss him completely she says boldly I love him, adore him, worship him, have the mug, the T shirt, the tattoo, and a collection of everything he ever wrote including very bloody expensive pulp shorts in comics from the 30s and I still hate SIASL grin

missnevermind Mon 07-Jan-13 22:38:30

I have all Heinleins books and short stories and would never have picked out Stranger in a Strange land as the groundbreaking one grin

PomBearWithAnOFRS Mon 07-Jan-13 22:40:09

<clasps missnevermind to bosom heartily> A Kindred Spirit grin how lovely grin

CoteDAzur Mon 07-Jan-13 22:42:04

Erm... I've read every book he has ever written, I think. Including the silly TIFL spin-offs where Lazarus Long goes back in time to make love to his mum etc.

I haven't read SIASL for 20 years or so and even wanted to be a "fair witness" for a short while until I realised that there is no such profession blush

I have fond memories of Friday, I Will Fear No Evil, and Job. But my favorite is still Time Enough For Love.

missnevermind Mon 07-Jan-13 22:42:26

Sorry I now want to hear about Poms RAH tattoo!

I like all he ones about 'The Family' but my favourites are Friday and Number of he Beast.

CoteDAzur Mon 07-Jan-13 22:44:31

Mmmmm.... I feel like reading TEFL again. Wonder if it has a Kindle edition...

missnevermind Mon 07-Jan-13 22:44:40

Ooooo Poms Bosooms.
Is this my close up of the Tat then. I'm a bit steamed up.

missnevermind Mon 07-Jan-13 22:47:33

If you can't find it Cote just PM me. I have 83 of his books on the kindle

PomBearWithAnOFRS Mon 07-Jan-13 22:48:32

I couldn't go to the US for his centennial celebrations, so I made do with a mug and a Tshirt and a programme mail order, and they have his naval academy portrait on, so he looks all young and ernest, Space Cadet style, and
under his picture they have his name and dates and "I Answer for Him" and on the back they have the "Wheeler, Rivera.." roll call.
So I have the portrait and the initials and the date and "I Answer for Him" ah, concealed about my person shall we say blush on my leg

GrimmaTheNome Mon 07-Jan-13 22:48:56

I havent read On The Beach, but saw the film many years ago - must be ages, as a teen, and mum saying how during the Cuban Missile crisis they'd had to think what you'd actually do with your small children if the worst happened <shiver>

PomBearWithAnOFRS Mon 07-Jan-13 22:49:44

OOO OOO can you share/send/lend/give out his books on the Kindle miss ? <falls in love a bit, ignores DH and the DCs>

CoteDAzur Mon 07-Jan-13 22:50:38

I found it. EUR 4.90 on smile

Reminiscing about old favourites, I will now have to read Dune and its 5 sequels, too.

PomBearWithAnOFRS Mon 07-Jan-13 22:51:02

OO Grimma - that would have been scary for her. I think it is "readers of a certain age" who get On The Beach and similar things, it's like the video for Two Tribes that they banned in the 80s. You were either there and Get It, or you're too young and it's just meaningless...

CoteDAzur Mon 07-Jan-13 22:52:22

Pom - You really have a Heinlein tattoo on your leg? shock

I thought you were joking. Now I'm really glad that there were no tattoo parlors where I lived around the time I was really into Heinlein grin

missnevermind Mon 07-Jan-13 22:54:00

Do you have a list of what is required Pom?

missnevermind Mon 07-Jan-13 22:55:53

My Tattoo is of an Anne McCaffrey baby golden dragon not long hatched.

PomBearWithAnOFRS Mon 07-Jan-13 22:56:01

I have lots of tattoos all over me grin wink including Kipling and Tennyson quotes (so as not to be chavvy when my 3/4 length linen trews expose them of course grin )
Everything Miss I haven't ANY of his on the Kindle at all <weeps at the prospect and comes over all unnecessary>

BadWickedWorld Mon 07-Jan-13 22:59:16

Death of grass is pretty good also, quite a lot racist and sexist, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

missnevermind Mon 07-Jan-13 23:02:54

I have just read Death of Grass. The language made it really obvious how old the story was.
Good story all the same.

PomBearWithAnOFRS Mon 07-Jan-13 23:03:49

Here you go Miss I wrote this one a while ago grin
It's a wee quiz about AM's dragons, you don't need to sign in or anything at all, just click to play as a guest. There's nothing needed, no email or anything smile

missnevermind Mon 07-Jan-13 23:08:34

10 out of 10.
grin. I claim my prize.

Autumnalis Mon 07-Jan-13 23:10:15

I've just read Death of Grass. I received it as a Cmas present from my BIL, he knew I'd liked On The Beach. I still agree with a lot of Cote's posts about it. I said to myself I'd never read another Nevil Shute again. I wondered when reading it if the style was a metaphor, specially chosen. But then I read more about his other books too and I gather that that's all there is to it, no further layers or depths than what is in the text.

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