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The Last Man. Mary W. Shelley. Henry ColburnLondon1826

The Last Man. Henry ColburnLondon1826. The passage, which at first scarcely admitted us, quickly grew narrower andlower; we were almost bent double; yet still we persisted in making our waythrough it. At length we entered a wider space, and the low roofheightened; but, as we congratulated ourselves on this change, our torchwas extinguished by a current of air, and we were left in utter darkness. The guides bring with them materials for renewing the light, but we hadnone-our only resource was to return as we came.

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The Last Man is a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by Mary Shelley, which was first published in 1826. The book tells of a future world that has been ravaged by a plague.

Mary Shelley, who, in my assumption, was truly a fascinating author. She weaved together a very fast moving extraordinary saga, THE LAST MAN that kept me enthralled. Lionel’s life began on a cheerful note, but then tragedy struck. As I watched Lionel’s emotions go from sorrow, to bliss, back to sorrow, then grief in one brief moment took him by the throat and would not let go until his heart was broken.

Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein, wrote the apocalyptic novel The Last Man in 1826. In the book Shelley writes of weaving this story from a discovery of prophetic writings uncovered in a cave near Naples. Its first person narrative tells the story of our world standing at the end of the twenty-first century and - after the devastating effects of a plague - at the end of humanity. The Last Man was made into a 2008 film.

A futuristic story of tragic love and of the gradual extermination of the human race by plague, The Last Man is Mary Shelley’s most important novel after Frankenstein.

The Last Man. Annotation. Author: Mary Shelley. A futuristic story of tragic love and of the gradual extermination of the human race by plague, The Last Man is Mary Shelley’s most important novel after Frankenstein. With intriguing portraits of Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron, the novel offers a vision of the future that expresses a reaction against Romanticism, and demonstrates the failure of the imagination and of art to redeem the doomed characters. From Publishers Weekly. Set in an apocalyptic future ending in the year 2100, Shelley’s 1826 novel concerns a plague that destroys almost all of humankind. by Mary Shelley. Let no man seek Henceforth to be foretold what shall befall Him or his children. The guides pointed to the reflection of their torches on the water that paved it, leaving us to form our own conclusion; but adding it was a pity, for it led to the Sibyl’s Cave. Our curiosity and enthusiasm were excited by this circumstance, and we insisted upon attempting the passage. As is usually the case in the prosecution of such enterprises, the difficulties decreased on examination. We found, on each side of the humid pathway, dry land for the sole of the foot.

by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Frankenstein (Classic Starts Series). This book brings together three extraordinary novels by an extraordinary pair, Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) - generally recognized as the mother of the feminist movement, author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, and Mary Shelley (1797-1851), her. Mathilda. by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.

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Comments: (7)

Llanonte
First off I struggled in reading this since the style of writing is not what I am used to.
I have read Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, which I loved and I was interested in her
other works. It begans with a tale two orphans - Lionel and Perdita Verney. Once
from a well-off family, their father loses money and his position, they lose both parents and
struggle to survive as orphans. Later, they are reunited with their father's patron - the King
of England and his son Adrian. Lionel has reason to hate them for what he perceives as
abandonment, but soon finds friendship instead with Adrian and his sister Idris. Soon he
and Perdita also find love, but there are others that would love to see them fall. Then a
plague, time, fortunes, and war change things. Will England. . the world. . .come and
unite in a time of madness? Read and find out. Originally written in 1826. Must read!
ZloyGenii
I read the entire book. I did consider quitting it a few times. It's long, verbose, flowery, rambling. It's alright-if you are in the mood. There are a few 'digs' at society of the 1800's. Set in the future, but not particularly 'forward-looking'. (well, maybe it is relative to the era, but other books from early 1800's seem more 'forward-looking' than did this book). Still, considering that "Future' is asserted and reminded, it would have been nice if it actually had some sort of future in it.

I think I would have enjoyed it more if it had been edited (a lot). It got tedious. I couldn't get engrossed in it, so it took a while to read. And, by the end, it was just depressing. I don't think I would have read it at all if I knew then what I know now. It's not poetry, but it's about what I might expect from a 300 page poem (too much). It seems written from Mary Shelley's perspective as her being the main character as a man. She should have remained a woman-I think it would have worked better.

Too hard to be succinct in this review. I'm suffering from my own complaints here. Best to just be done now.
Sharpmane
Mary Shelley, who, in my assumption, was truly a fascinating author. She weaved together a very fast moving extraordinary saga, THE LAST MAN that kept me enthralled. Lionel’s life began on a cheerful note, but then tragedy struck. As I watched Lionel’s emotions go from sorrow, to bliss, back to sorrow, then grief in one brief moment took him by the throat and would not let go until his heart was broken. As deep depression set in he felt pure torment and could do nothing but try to comfort those around him as his dear friends, neighbors, and family departed, one by one, from what seemed to be a never-ending epidemic that swept through each countryside. This skillfully written masterpiece of a seriously tragic and also an intensely passionate story regarding love found, then lost through devastation, which led to unspeakable sorrow and loneliness, held me as I read line after line, and page after page, savoring every word.
As I followed Lionel through his existence, in each chapter he must take action against this foe that always seemed to have the upper hand in everything, and yet, each time, he knew he must move on because of the need to find others. Will he have to live in constant silence, or will there be someone out there waiting to be heard? From the Sibyl’s Cave, where it all seemed to initiate, all the way through to the end, or the start of a new beginning, this fascinating tale of intrigue led me down some desolate paths, and through some unforgettable and very picturesque forlorn valleys. Wonderful read!
Bremar
This is not a review of Mary Shelley's book but rather this version of the book. Do yourself a favor a look for a different version. I think this was run off on a photocopier and then bound; the combination of font size, line spacing, and page size, this one is virtually unreadable. I made it through about ten pages before I was exhausted. Mine is going in the recycle bin and then I'll look for a different edition of the book. And I'll be very careful when buying a "classic" on Amazon in the future.
Mot
Mary Shelley isn't known for writing much other than Frankenstein but, in my opinion, this should be called her masterpiece. Picture Candide without the absurdity but with consummate usage & grammar.

As a 69-year old who spends most of his time "resting," my present life was summed up perfectly near the end of the novel: “I have lived. I have spent days and nights of festivity; I have joined in ambitious hopes, and exulted in victory: now,—shut the door on the world, and build high the wall that is to separate me from the troubled scene enacted within its precincts. Let us live for each other and for happiness; let us seek peace in our dear home, near the inland murmur of streams, and the gracious waving of trees, the beauteous vesture of earth, and sublime pageantry of the skies. Let us leave ‘life,’ that we may live.”

And most of all, don't read this novel expecting a happy ending.
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Classics
Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
ISBN: 1169331661
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Classics
Language: English
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (September 10, 2010)
Pages: 376 pages