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Standalone Sunday: Alas, Babylon

Standalone Sunday was started by Megan over at Bookslayer Reads.

What is Standalone Sunday?

Each Sunday bloggers feature a standalone book (one that is not part of a series) that they loved or would recommend. The standalone can also be one you want to read. There is so much focus on books that are part of a series that standalone books seem to be forgotten. They can be just as great as book series!

Without further ado, here is my selection for Standalone Sunday:

Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank

Book Description from Goodreads:

“Alas, Babylon…”

Those fateful words heralded the end. In seconds, the unthinkable nightmare of nuclear war ravaged America. For millions it was instant death; for tens of millions more, it was a living nightmare of hunger, sickness and brutality. Overnight, a thousand years of civilization was stripped away, leaving only maked passions behind.

But for one small Florida town, spared against all odds, the struggle was just beginning. ALAS, BABYLON is the classic story of a handful of men and women of all ages and races, who found the strength and courage to join together to push back the darkness.

The classic apocalyptic novel that stunned the nation with its vivid portrayal of a small town’s survival after nuclear holocaust devastates the country.

I first had to read Alas, Babylon in high school. I believe it was tenth grade English.  I remember really enjoying it.  Years later I found myself thinking about the book, but all I could remember about it was a town in Florida and it was the end of the world.  I can’t remember how I found out the title, but I did.

I listened to the audiobook several years ago and enjoyed it again. The narrator had an extremely familiar voice and then I saw that the narrator is actor Will Patton! If you look him up, you will see he is ‘that guy’! He is an actor who has been in just about everything.  He was the perfect narrator for the audiobook.

Alas, Babylon was first published in 1959, and despite its age it is still a good book.  I recommend it.