Earth Abides by George Stewart

  • April 1, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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In this profound ecological fable, a mysterious plague has destroyed the vast majority of the human race. Isherwood Williams, one of the few survivors, returns from a wilderness field trip to discover that civilization has vanished during his absence. Eventually he returns to San Francisco and encounters a female survivor who becomes his wife. Around them and their children a small community develops, living like their pioneer ancestors, but rebuilding civilization is beyond their resources, and gradually they return to a simpler way of life.

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  • Ray O.

    Very good viewpoints shared. We went round the table picking things up along that was glaringly obvious in the book which I wasn't aware of; the interracial marriage thing for e.g. The threads of thought also lent itself into google vs facebook territory (real life scenario digi-future phase) which was thought provoking.

    April 9

  • Nathan H.

    I'm here already if anyone else is showing up. Only got about halfway through the book though.

    April 1

    • Steve H.

      10 minutes away. What room are you in?

      April 1

    • June F.

      Round the back, green cushions ... hope that helps

      April 1

  • Rachel H.

    I'm sorry to do this again guys, but I'm having to work tonight. I should finish by 7.30 and try and make it for 8. Get started without me and I'll pop a msg on here to let you know what I'm doing.

    I'm struggling to make it along at the mo because I'm doing a lot of late finishes on my work placement and I'm not in a position to turn them down. It might be best for someone else to take over running the group until I finish my placement in June.

    If anyone would like to do this let me and I'll sort out making you an organiser

    1 · April 1

    • Gary K.

      I got there after 8pm last time Rachel. At half nine it was still going. If that's any help.

      April 1

  • James P.

    Woops! Forgot I'd agreed I drinks after work! Hopefully next time though. Loved the book v.thought provoking!

    April 1

  • June F.

    Hi folks, this will be my first meet for this book club (and I've not been in that pub before either). Is there an easy way for me to find the group? ... well, short of trying to commit all profile photos to memory and then accosting strangers at random who don't look anything at all like them ;-)

    April 1

    • Nathan H.

      I'll probably be there a bit early, and frantically trying to finish the book since I haven't had chance to read it...

      April 1

    • June F.

      Great, I'll look out for the cover ....

      April 1

  • Joseph S.

    Eek. I think two days work into one short day may not go... Curse that failed interview! I'll be there next time :)

    April 1

  • Gary K.

    Yes I note Man U are at home tonight. It can be tricky driving in on match-nights. I'm loving this book so I'll brace for the traffic!

    April 1

  • Annie

    The book wasn't my cup of tea and it's Man U v Bayern tomorrow so I'll give the group a miss after all. Enjoy!

    March 31

  • Jane M.

    Can't believe it - I chose this book and now can't go! Have a new job and will be in Ireland training for the week. Will be thinking of you; discuss heartily; drink merrily and enjoy. Really happy to see so many of you enjoying it! See you at the next one, all xx

    1 · March 24

    • Gary K.

      Congratulations on the new job Jane.

      March 24

  • Gary K.

    I've got the book from Audible so I'll be listening to it rather than reading it for once. It will be 14 hours of joy!

    March 17

  • Laura S.

    Helloooo...sorry won't be able to make it anymore - got my shifts and I am working - but am loving the book so far - hopefully I'll be able to make it along one month! :)

    March 17

    • Rachel H.

      Don't worry, you'll be very welcome when you can come

      March 17

  • Rachel H.

    Sorry I've been MIA, time and date is now set for Earth Abides :)

    March 13

  • Jane M.

    I messaged Rachel and she replied saying the event would be made official soon.

    2 · March 12

  • James P.

    Pretty please can it be Earth Abides? I'm loving it so far!

    1 · March 12

  • Jane M.

    I've written to Rachel to see what she thinks first - might turn out there's an event & book planned already!

    March 10

  • Nathan H.

    It's increasingly looking like we're going to have to fend for ourselves here. If it comes down to having to sort this out ourselves then so be it. Might as well stick to the usual format (Tuesdays, 7pm at the Briton's Protection). As for an actual date, I'd say make it early April or something so everyone has time to read the book and stuff.

    2 · March 10

  • Tobias C.

    Excellent, lack of certainty kind of fits with the group's theme :)
    For what it's worth (based on all of the amazon description) book gets my vote

    1 · March 5

  • Jane M.

    No idea - I just suggested the above as an idea! Need to ask @Rachel Hughes what's happening :-)

    March 5

  • samuel

    I think that neither the book nor the data, nor the place are sure xD

    1 · March 4

  • Tobias C.

    Heyya! Just to check, this is the book confirmed for next meetup? Thanks :)

    1 · March 4

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