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Penguin reissues a classic work of science fiction from the author of The Death of Grass now with a new introduction by Hari Kunzru One year the UK suffers a terribly harsh winter rivers freeze solid food and fuel run low the whole of Europe lies under snow Months pass and the arctic weather remains It gradually becomes clear After I read The Death of Grass six years ago I was blown away But I didn't go on to read anything else by him; there didn't seem to be much else still in print But when browsing the local bookshop the other day my eye was was caught by the striking covers on the Penguin Worlds series which included a reprint of The World in Winter I had to pick it upThis is another piece of apocalyptic fiction where we witness the collapse of society this time because of a reduction in energy coming from the sun triggering another ice age But the story does not merely tread the same ground as The Death of Grass It did touch on the fragility of civilisation and how uickly it can all come tumbling down as well as exploring how just as uickly all our moral standards are forced to change But there was a definite shift in focus here as the author explores how such a catastrophe might affect the relationship between the 1st and 3rd world and how there might be a reverse in fortunes effectively exchanging placesAs northern Europe and America are plunged into perpetual winter they uickly collapse into barbarity The African and other countries uickly rise in prominence Those Europeans lucky enough to escape south find out what it is like to be refugees with next to nothing facing discrimination and exploitation Will the African nations become the colonisers the remnants of the north the savages?The shifting relationships between the protagonist his wife his friend and friend's wife is also a central focus of the book He has to deal with upheaval in both his personal life as well as his place in the world at largeThere were perhaps one or two flaws The pace at which the new ice age descended I find hard to credit There is also perhaps a lack of detail explaining how it happened and its wider effect on the world outside of the immediate experience of the protagonist But these are minor criticisms of an otherwise outstanding book that is can still teach us a thing or two around fifty years after it was first published

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That the world's climate has changed permanently and humanity must adapt to survive in the brutal new conditionsAs the northern hemisphere nations fall into chaos and barbarism with packs of men roaming like wolves through the frozen wastelands citizens flee south to Africa and South America Journalist Andrew Leedon is one of 12Mediocre myopic post apocalyptic novel Altered solar radiation leads to mini ice age in northern climates England becomes arctic We follow 3 upper middle class Brits as they flee to Africa In a nice touch Christopher has these wealthy Brits becoming the servants and concubines of their formerly colonized AfricansToo much time is spent on the uninteresting relations of the 4 main characters upper class sexual meanderings dull reading in the 21st century Not enough close to zero world building as in how does one survive in the new arctic countries? What happens to everyone? What happens to animal plant life?In the final section an African expedition on Hovercraft another nice touch explores the new frozen LondonI recommend Wyndham’s “ The Day of the Triffids” for the ultimate post apocalyptic London exploration

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The lucky ones who escaped in time swapping London for the white refugee slums of habitable Nigeria Horrified by conditions and determined to act Leedon makes a desperate plan to return and reclaim the dangerous wilderness of his abandoned country The World in Winter is part of the Penguin Worlds classic science fiction series An odd one The first part is a domestic drama with trivial affairs and betrayals playing out in 1960s London while in the background a severe decline in the heat emitted from the sun causes society to incrementally unravel Part two takes place in Africa where our protagonist along with the wronged wife of his friend flees to take advantage of the hotter climate but finds himself subjected to the same humiliations and disadvantages that black men suffered in his own country Part three sees Andrew return to England with the Africans on a fleet of hovercrafts persuaded to join a reconnaissance mission by the possibility of locating his ex lover Remember when hovercrafts were cool? I do just aboutThe domestic drama feels like it takes place over a matter of months while the apparently concurrent social collapse seems to progress throughout many years a weird misalignment that it's hard to get over The social commentary while well intentioned betrays an extremely simplistic and reductive understanding of race relations And the characterisations are sketchy and fail to convince I was surprised to discover that John Christopher's The Death of Grass which I loved was actually written a few years earlier While superficially similar to The World in Winter it is a much focussed confident and mature piece of work Aspettando i barbari in time swapping London for the white refugee slums of habitable Nigeria Horrified by conditions and determined to act Leedon makes a desperate plan to return and reclaim the dangerous wilderness of his abandoned country The World Fante/Mencken: John Fante & H.L. Mencken: A Personal Correspondence, 1930-1952 in Winter Der Richter und sein Henker is part of the Penguin Worlds classic science fiction series An odd one The first part The Trials of Blackbriar Academy is a domestic drama with trivial affairs and betrayals playing out The Seed Beneath the Snow in 1960s London while Rachel Carson: A Woman Who Loved Nature in the background a severe decline Sojourner: An Insider's View of the Mars Pathfinder Mission in the heat emitted from the sun causes society to Langelot e o satélite incrementally unravel Part two takes place The Three Musketeers in Africa where our protagonist along with the wronged wife of his friend flees to take advantage of the hotter climate but finds himself subjected to the same humiliations and disadvantages that black men suffered Momo in his own country Part three sees Andrew return to England with the Africans on a fleet of hovercrafts persuaded to join a reconnaissance mission by the possibility of locating his ex lover Remember when hovercrafts were cool? I do just aboutThe domestic drama feels like Uno, nessuno e centomila it takes place over a matter of months while the apparently concurrent social collapse seems to progress throughout many years a weird misalignment that Life's Extras it's hard to get over The social commentary while well Fallout intentioned betrays an extremely simplistic and reductive understanding of race relations And the characterisations are sketchy and fail to convince I was surprised to discover that John Christopher's The Death of Grass which I loved was actually written a few years earlier While superficially similar to The World La vie en temps de paix (Littérature étrangère) in Winter Imperialismo Cultural en América Latina: Historiografía y Praxis it A Lume Spento is a much focussed confident and mature piece of work

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