HomeGroupsTalkExploreZeitgeist
Search Site
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Loading...

Earth Abides (1949)

by George R. Stewart

Other authors: See the other authors section.

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations / Mentions
3,2791103,226 (3.94)1 / 297
An instant classic upon its original publication in 1949 and winner of the first International Fantasy Award, Earth Abides ranks with On the Beach and Riddley Walker as one of our most provocative and finely wrought post-apocalyptic works of literature. Its impact is still fresh, its lessons timeless. When a plague of unprecedented virulence sweeps the globe, the human race is all but wiped out. In the aftermath, as the great machine of civilization slowly, inexorably, breaks down, only a few shattered survivors remain to struggle against the slide into barbarism . . . or extinction. This is the story of one such survivor, Isherwood "Ish" Williams, an intellectual loner who embraces the grim duty of bearing witness to what may be humanity's final days. But then he finds Em, a wise and courageous woman who coaxes his stunned heart back to life and teaches him to hope again. Together, they will face unimaginable challenges as they sow the seeds of a new beginning. "One of the finest of all post-holocaust novels." -- The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction… (more)
Recently added bynickrowe, akbookworm33445, private library, kristiederuiter, tecniferio, Windyone1, c12marin, thaddeus
Legacy LibrariesTim Spalding
  1. 80
    The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (infiniteletters)
  2. 50
    The Stand by Stephen King (sturlington)
    sturlington: Stephen King has said that Earth Abides was an inspiration for The Stand.
  3. 30
    The Death of Grass by John Christopher (timspalding)
    timspalding: Another (and far better) classic post-apocalyptic story.
  4. 20
    The Drowned World by J. G. Ballard (Bookmarque)
    Bookmarque: another post-apocalyptic book that takes a more introspective approach to the role of humans on the earth.
  5. 10
    Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler (jlparent)
    jlparent: Main character witnesses/narrates the fall of civilization and its rebirth over a long time.
  6. 10
    On the Beach by Nevil Shute (sturlington)
  7. 00
    Empty World by John Christopher (ecureuil)
    ecureuil: Both books share a story based on the world population being wiped out by a deadly disease, and a young survivor left alone trying to survive
  8. 00
    The Slynx by Tatyana Tolstaya (agmlll)
  9. 12
    The Dog Stars by Peter Heller (IamAleem)
  10. 23
    World War Z by Max Brooks (timspalding)
  11. 12
    The World Without Us by Alan Weisman (Anonymous user)
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

» See also 297 mentions

English (107)  French (1)  Spanish (1)  All languages (109)
Showing 1-5 of 107 (next | show all)
Este libro de hace casi 70 años es un jarro de agua fría en la cara de todos los que creemos que la solución a los problemas de la sociedad solo pasan por un mayor apoyo a la educación. Poniéndonos en un mundo en decadencia por la casi desaparición de la raza humana, el protagonista intenta reconstruir la civilización en la comunidad que va logrando reunir a su alrededor, solo para contemplar cómo no necesitamos Telecinco para ser una especie boba.

Cuando empecé a leerla por sugerencia de un amigo, pensé que no me iba a gustar, que iba a ser uno de esos libros que envejecen mal y que me iba a costar mucho empatizar; sin embargo, una vez la empecé apenas pude parar de leerla en cualquier rato libre que tuviera. El contexto no ha envejecido demasiado mal (un páramo post-apocalíptico es igual en casi cualquier época) y las preocupaciones del protagonista son tan semejantes a las mías que todo fluía rápidamente mientras hacía de su situación la mía. Aunque, como ya he dicho, su conclusión ha hecho mella en mis esperanzas; al menos ahora estoy preparado para nuestro propio yermo.

Sin conocerlo previamente, ahora lo considero imprescindible en cualquier biblioteca de ciencia-ficción que se precie de no quedarse solo en la superficie del género. De hecho se lo recomendaría a cualquier persona que sepa leer y que crea que los de su alrededor no: ratifica gran parte de nuestros temores. ( )
  tecniferio | May 12, 2022 |
History was an artist, maintaining the idea but changing the details, like a composer keeping the same theme but dulling it to a minor or lifting by an octave, now crooning it with violins, now blaring it on trumpets.

I chose to reread this Science Fiction classic because of the Coronavirus Pandemic and my fond recall of this story I had read as a teenager.

With age comes much more appreciation for subtler things such as the interplay of history with 'reality' and the author's use of metaphor highlighting social and religious change.

Isherwood Williams starts out as the seemingly sole survivor of a great infectious disaster wiping the Earth of most of it's inhabitants.

Despite Ish's every attempt to raise the children as thinkers and to lead them away from superstition, his journey, as an intellectual overthinking philosopher, metamorphases into the leader of The Tribe, then ultimately, into a Deity.

Earth Abides is a love story to Humankind, a sonnet to the power of resiliency and one of the most well written Science Fiction books I've ever had the pleasure of reading.

Pandemic novels may be all the rage right now, do yourself a favor and take the time to read Earth Abides. You'll be uplifted and cheerful at the end, rather than scared and anxious. ( )
  Windyone1 | May 10, 2022 |
This reminded me of The Lord of the Flies. To me, it feels like its companion piece. While LotF feels the loss of civilization in a generation's span to be woeful (cf. Lovecraft), EA argues that the loss of civilization is necessary and proper (cf. R.E. Howard). Moving piece; biblical and grave in tone; a bit slow in execution, but a cornerstone piece of philosophical sci-fi! And don't even get me started on the rich symbolism of Ish's omnipresent hammer! ( )
  djlinick | Jan 15, 2022 |
Even sixty years ago the Earth Firster's were crying out how Man is destroying the planet ( )
  AZBob1951 | Oct 27, 2021 |
I read a kindle edition that could have used some editing, but it was a decent story. Strange writing style, but the point came across. Nice to read a post-apocalyptic story that didn't devolve into war, war, war. ( )
  adnohr | Jun 27, 2021 |
Showing 1-5 of 107 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Stewart, George R.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Abbett, BobCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bacon, C.W.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brunner, JohnForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davis, JonathanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Edwards, LesCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fournier-Pargoire, JeanneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fowke, BobCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gleeson, TonyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Herholz, UlfCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lemos, GregorioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Paolozzi, EduardoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sander, ErnstTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Taylor, Toni L.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Willis, ConnieIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Information from the French Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Men go and come, but earth abides ECCLESIASTES, I, 4
Dedication
To Jill
First words
. . . and the Government of the United States of America is herewith suspended, except in the District of Columbia, as of the emergency.
Quotations
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Information from the French Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Blurbers
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS
Canonical LCC

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English

None

An instant classic upon its original publication in 1949 and winner of the first International Fantasy Award, Earth Abides ranks with On the Beach and Riddley Walker as one of our most provocative and finely wrought post-apocalyptic works of literature. Its impact is still fresh, its lessons timeless. When a plague of unprecedented virulence sweeps the globe, the human race is all but wiped out. In the aftermath, as the great machine of civilization slowly, inexorably, breaks down, only a few shattered survivors remain to struggle against the slide into barbarism . . . or extinction. This is the story of one such survivor, Isherwood "Ish" Williams, an intellectual loner who embraces the grim duty of bearing witness to what may be humanity's final days. But then he finds Em, a wise and courageous woman who coaxes his stunned heart back to life and teaches him to hope again. Together, they will face unimaginable challenges as they sow the seeds of a new beginning. "One of the finest of all post-holocaust novels." -- The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

No library descriptions found.

Book description
Haiku summary

Popular covers

Quick Links

Rating

Average: (3.94)
0.5
1 10
1.5 4
2 45
2.5 13
3 154
3.5 53
4 290
4.5 43
5 257

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 169,946,914 books! | Top bar: Always visible