The Last Man



The Last Man The Last Man Ends In 2100, The Last Year Of The World A Devastating Plague Has Wiped Out Humanity, Except For One Man This Novel Of Horror, Originally Published In 1826, Was Rejected In Its Time And Out Of Print From 1833 To 1963, When The First Bison Books Edition Appeared Some Critics Now Rate The Last Man Highly Than Frankenstein, By The Same Author This Bison Books Edition Offers A New Introduction By Anne K Mellor, Who Writes, In Our Era Of AIDS And Biological Warfare, Shelley S Apocalyptic Vision Of An Incurable Plague That Gradually Destroys The Entire Human Species Resonates With Mythic Power.

Percy Bysshe Shelley She was the daughter of the political philosopher

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  • Paperback
  • 342 pages
  • The Last Man
  • Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  • English
  • 16 March 2018
  • 9780803292178

10 thoughts on “The Last Man

  1. Sean Barrs the Bookdragon says:

    Mary Shelley loved her husband she adored his poetical voice and he admired her intellect theirs was a marriage of minds So it s not overly surprising that in her later work she spent a good part of it paying homage to her late partner The novel begins with a wretched youth, Lionel, utterly distraught at the injustice that is his life He is poor, uneducated and desperate Lionel wants revenge on what he perceives as the cause of his problems however, when the said problem appears his life is turned around It is a man, a noble and a landowner When Lionel sees the man his anger at the tyranny of the world is quenched in an instant, such is the power of this individual He embodies nobility and goodness he is the romantic hero He teaches Lionel to read and how to understand poetry he teaches him how to live and how to open up his heart Lionel is transformed by this experience he develops true moral awareness and imagination Poetry rejuvenates his character it teaches him natural Shelleyan values...

  2. J.G. Keely says:

    I don t really like reading, which must strain credulity, since I devote so much of my time and energy to doing it But reading, for me, is never an easy thing Only rarely do I get caught up and find myself turning pages heedlessly, plunging into the text More often, I am well aware of what page I m on and how many pages until this chapter ends.The reading itself is slow and ponderous, winding a sinuous path through the book, and this leisurely pace always sets my mind to wandering, looking for clues and foreshadowing, word use, structure, ideas, half ideas, and flashes of brilliance All of my friends read quickly than I do, and many have described their experience as being totally divorced from the text that once they get into the book, they grow unaware of the process of reading.And yet I am the one who writes the reviews, whose mind whirls and reels with layered meanings and critical analysis So I keep reading, though it is can be a chore, as my brain must always perk up and churn along, processing and considering.Many a time, I ve wished I had my friends eyes, and could knock out a book in an afternoon, co...

  3. Henry Avila says:

    You are the last person on the face of the Earth, every desire can be easily obtained, the best of the best, shelter, food , clothes, toys, transportation, an endless vacation, go anywhere , do anything , nobody can stop it, the enormous world is all yoursOnly one little problem, the animals have inherited the planet, a lonely, solitary man, no humans to speak to, he is just temporarily standing, for a short while, and will soon be gone too and welcomes this fact , civilization has collapsed, buried under the rubble of its greed, to the delight of his fellow creatures, the horses and cows, and others, they are now at the top, nobody is left to mourn, the plague has destroyed a few thousand years an experiment, that never quite succeeded England in the far future, well not so far any, the time, the late 21st century , the king has abdicated, the country becomes a republic but the royals still retain their precious titles, the Earl of Windsor, Adrian modeled after Percy Shelley , the son of the last monarch , he strangely supports the new, democratic governmen...

  4. 7jane says:

    NOTE Oxford Classics introduction part can be spoilery Mary Shelley wrote than Frankenstein still need to read that one This book was written 8 years after that book, after returning from Italy back to England, and after losing her husband to death This and the loss of most of her children with him no doubt inspired the mood and the losses happening in this book, a book about gradual dwindling of people on earth due to a plague which started in Egypt, then spread eastwards and westwards gradually, especially during the warmer season The explanatory notes afterwards give clues to the poetry included in the book, influences and such.This book can be a hard read if you re not used to how people wrote at this time also the plague isn t even mentioned before chapter 12, though you are already informed about our main character, Lionel Verney, being all alone Until that chapter, the background of our main character s life until then has to be formed, and you might need patience with the romances and misundertandings that appear But when you reach that chapter, the story afterwards unfolds into real, heartbreaking beauty So Lionel and his sister, Perdita, have been left to fend for themselves after their parents died Perdita especially suffers from being left so much alone, though she loves her brother Lionel s job...

  5. Jan-Maat says:

    Mary Shelley did not stop writing after Frankenstein and I was excited to come across her last novel The Last Man , unfortunately I found it a difficult book to read and I came close to giving up on it all together Indeed the first time I read it, I took a break of over a year in the middle of the book it was not exactly compelling, read through the night material.The idea is that a plague wipes out humanity leaving one man alone to survive This story is set in the future, Shelley s vision of which includes airships as an important means of transport.For added interest she revisits and re imagines the interrelationships of herself view spoiler her fictional alter ego is male, the idea of women being able to live the same kinds of lives as men even in a future Britain apparently seemed far too fantastical for the author who dreamt of the reanimation of dead flesh with a bit of electricity view spoiler perhaps time will reveal...

  6. David Sarkies says:

    Shelley s apocalypse13 December 2013 Being a lover of older books and science fiction when I discover a book that is in effect both I become really interested, so when I discovered that Mary Shelley of Frankenstein fame wrote a book about the last man left alive on Earth or as she puts it in her book the LAST MAN , I was immediately interested, so instead of attempting to troll through the chain store bookstores here in Australia which generally consists of Dymoks, now that Borders has effectively gone, and all of the other bookshops simply sell rubbish that you read once and then toss not that I am in favour of book burning, but these books are the types of books that simply take up space on an overcrowded bookshelf I jumped onto and ordered it along with a bunch of other stuff, but now that the Australian government is doing is damndest to undermine the strength of the Australian dollar, that is going to be an unlikely event in the future Anyway, when I started reading this book I found that it was pretty slow going, and because I did not want to waste my overseas holiday earlier this year reading a boring and dull book, I put it away t...

  7. Andrew Breslin says:

    I desperately tried to convince myself that I didn t loathe this, but I m just not that good a liar I saw right through my shameless chicanery It was so obvious Remind me never to play poker with myself.With all due respect, I firmly believe that all the people who gave this book rave reviews could take themselves to the cleaners at Texas Hold Em Really, they could win the shirt off their own backs, they are just so good at self deception I envy them Frankenstein, arguably my favorite book of all time, is so staggeringly good that I physically tremble when I read it, and I have read it over and over So yes, I went into this with high expectations I did not expect it to be as good as Frankenstein I did expect it to be marginally entertaining than reading a telephone book, but I was disappointed.Granted there are beautifully written passages Prose and poetry weave together in a seamless lyrical ballet, and it is nothing less than sublimely elegant But there s a reason I read Mary Shelley and not Percy Shelley Because I am interested in fiction, not in poetry There is a story buried underneath hundreds of pages of scintillating, mellifluous verse But it moves at the approximate pace that continents drift There are actual poetic passages all through the novel, just sprinkled in liberally right in the middle of chapters, where they might have proven highly distracting, if there were some sort of story being told, which, fortunately, did not ...

  8. Jim says:

    That was long Good in places, boring in others, it wasn t really what I expected From the author of Frankenstein The 1818 Text set in the end of the 21st century, I expected some SF elements, but there were none The war is one that could have taken place any time in the prior centuries was taking place then While there is some travel by balloon, most is by horse Ships still rely on sails save for a few steam powered ones Being published in 1826, there is no knowledge of germ theory so the plague is basically the Black Plague on steroids, but she left out or skimmed over many of the most horrific parts.Few stories could have used an editor If they were to make a movie of this brick, they could pack it into a 2 hour made for TV movie without much trouble The story is worth reading, though It gets 3 stars for in it lie the seeds for many great action, SF, apocalyptic, post apocalyptic novels, but be warned most are contained in the last half of the last volume It s a long hike to get there Although it contains spoilers, I d...

  9. Althea Ann says:

    I m glad I read this book As a fan of the post apocalyptic genre, I felt like it was a must Shelley didn t originate the concepts found here, but this is still arguably, the first actual post apocalyptic novel, as such It was quite fascinating to see how many of the common tropes we find in so much of today s post apocalyptic fiction are also found in this book the urge to travel, even in the absence of a clear goal Scavenging and exploring abandoned places Hordes of those willing to victimize the unwary Religious cults with a dark edge The list could go onHowever, I have to say normally, I am passionately opposed to any kind of bowdlerization or abridgement of any artistic work BUT I have never encountered another work which could so clearly have benefited from the ruthless work of a zealous editor This is touted as a book about a plague which lays waste to the earth There is not even a passing mention of a plague until 37% of the way through the extremely long book The entirety of the first part of the book is a dull pastoral drama which slowly introduces the characters and their romantic complications and woes Note the emphasis on the pastoral It s classically Romantic, bucolic idealism with a bit of politics thrown in I felt like I was reading about what the characters in a Maxfield Parrish painting do when...

  10. Adam says:

    A profoundly sad reaction to Romanticism, initially vilified, mocked, and essentially blacklisted, before being recovered and championed in the 1960s It s overlong, the language is annoyingly exalted, most of the characters are flat, and there s a lot of rubbish Sounds tedious It sort of is This is definitely one of the few examples I ve encountered of an excellent literary work that for much of its padded length feels somewhat interminable, but that emerges as a remarkable, deeply interesting piece of writing Shelley takes on humanity s crumbling death from an unstoppable plague with great skill, and presents a powerful critical engagement with Romanticism and its ideals, making it hard to read even the Romantic poets I appreciate without a sense of sadness and an acknowledgment of their ...

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