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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

prettydaisies Tue 22-Jan-13 21:09:26

This was one of my set texts for GCSE. I reread it some years later. I don't think I'd choose to read it again.

CoteDAzur Mon 14-Jan-13 20:40:45

Me, too. I couldn't help thinking over and over - "Why oh why did I read this crap nonsense?" wink

zingally Mon 14-Jan-13 18:56:30

I read 'On The Beach' a few years ago. It haunted me! Couldn't get it out of my head for weeks!

missnevermind Mon 07-Jan-13 23:21:01

Thank God for Virtual chocolate, Diet started today.

Will PM you shortly Pom. Am just moving to the PC

PomBearWithAnOFRS Mon 07-Jan-13 23:10:41

<Cheers Wildly> grin <Sends virtual bronze fire lizard to deliver virtual parcel of virtual chocolate> grin

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.

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

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

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 23:02:54

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

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.

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>

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

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

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

Do you have a list of what is required Pom?

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

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 22:50:38

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 22:49:44

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>

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 22:48:32

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

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

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.

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 22:42:26

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 22:42:04

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.

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

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

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