The Last Man

The Last Man

Book - 2008
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It is the twenty-first century, and England is a republic governed by a ruling elite, one of whom, Adrian, Earl of Windsor, has introduced a Cumbrian boy to the circle. This outsider, Lionel Verney, narrates, a tale of complicated, tragic love, and of the gradual extermination of the human race by plague.--From publisher's description.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2008]
ISBN: 9780199552351
0199552355
Branch Call Number: FIC SHELLEY 2008
Characteristics: xxviii, 479 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Paley, Morton D.

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lukasevansherman
Apr 17, 2020

“That word, as yet it was not more to her, was PLAGUE.”
This is a really interesting novel from Mary Shelley, whose far more famous book is "Frankenstein." It's not quite on par with that novel, of course, but there's a lot in here. It's both an elegy for the Romantic generation (there are characters based on Byron and Percy Shelley) and one of the first end of the world novels, set after a plague ravages most of humanity. Reading it in 2020 feels especially resonant.

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