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The Last Man
The Last Man | 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. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (30 August 1797 - 1 February 1851) was an English romantic/gothic novelist and the author of Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus. She was married to the Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.
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The Last Man | Mary Shelley
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The politics and romance in the first part was surprisingly much better than the promised apocalyptic last part - which is just a slow drag to the inevitable.

Shelley sees her culture, country, and race as superior to others. I think here that's not just an aside - it partially explains why the apocalypse lacks any real emotional impact. It influences what she chooses to focus on and just makes a lot of things seem ridiculous.

Settings Paraphrased example - The party arrives in France. "Go back" say the French, "The climate in England is so much better." 1mo
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The Last Man | Mary Shelley

Though I was almost done with this - turns out I'd only downloaded part of the audiobook files.

Explains the "bizarre pacing" lol

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Apparently this is a futuristic story of tragic love and the gradual extermination of the human race from the plague. Sounds #grim but I couldn‘t resist this gorgeous Folio edition! 😯 #scarathlon #ChillingPhotoChallenge #teamstoker

CoffeeCatsBooks I have this one too, but I still need to read it. 2mo
tournevis It's a good one, the OG last man tale from all others (so many) last man stories owe their birth @CoffeeCatsBooks 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly I wanted to love this book but found it interminable. 2mo
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Reviewsbylola Beautiful edition! 2mo
TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 2mo
DrexEdit I just started this on serial reads! 😊 2mo
Caroline2 @DrexEdit good idea! I‘ve not done a serial book for agesssss! 👍 2mo
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Panpan

Oh man I had to force myself to finish this. I love Frankenstein. Do not expect anything as good if you pick this one up.

BookishTrish I remember really liking this when I was in my 20s but don‘t really remember it. Has it not aged well? Or was it just not for you? 1y
toofondofbooks @BookishTrish It was a lot of long poetic prose, and I guess I was just hoping for more of an idea of what Shelley pictured as the future. But other than hot air balloons for speedy travel, her 21st century didn't look much different than 1826. It just needed something more going on than the narrator lamenting for pages and pages. It just wasn't for me. 1y
BookishTrish I think I had a lot more patience for long poetic prose and lamenting in my youth... 1y
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#audiocrocheting while listening to tagged book. It is funny seeing how someone writing in 1826 envisioned the 21st Century with no frame of reference for the technology we have now. For Shelley it seems 2073 is very similar to 1826 except hot air balloons are the way to travel. 😂

Sace That is beautiful! 1y
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Mehso-so

The Last Man is by no means as good as Frankenstein, not even close. Some parts were so overly descriptive, and I really struggled getting through this book. Also, I couldn‘t speed read it at all—maybe it‘s the older language and certain words would trip me up. It‘s one of the first dystopian novels written, 200 years ago—the problem is that there was nothing to show it was 2098 because there were no technological advances. 🤔

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

Last one, couldn't help buying this one due to the description on the back, I like post-apocalyptic fiction; it's my favourite. I'm strange. 😬

#maryshelley
#postapocalyptic
#book
#bookhaul

Amiable I love post-apocalyptic lit, too! So I'm also strange. 🙂 1y
CaitlinR Thank you for this. Looking forward to reading the title. 1y
mdm139 Post apocalyptic lit is the best 1y
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Velvetfur Nothing wrong with being strange! 😀 1y
JFB Never knew abt this book - thanks! 1y
Kimberlone Funny, my Dover edition of Frankenstein has that same painting on the cover! 1y
BookNerd9906 Never heard of this book, thanks for sharing. And also a lover of dystopian novels. ❤️ 1y
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I've been so bad at challenges recently so I'm trying to get back into the habit with a postapocalyptic late 21st future as imagined by Mary Shelley in 1826. Remarkable as an early example of a genre that I usually see as modern and fascinating portraits of the important #male figures in Mary's life; her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron. I prefer this to Frankenstein! #maylovesclassics @Sarah83 @Bambolina_81

Heideschrampf Awesome! Especially in combination with the hyper romantisist cover 😍 is it a folio society edition? (edited) 2y
Moray_Reads @Heideschrampf of course 😍 It's extremely Romantic which is a pretty powerful contest with the extremely bleak plot. Bleak but beautiful. I loved it 2y
Sarah83 Awwww.. What a gorgeous pic. 😍 2y
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Moray_Reads @Sarah83 the chair is almost as old as the (original) book so it seemed fitting! 2y
Hooked_on_books What a beautiful cover! 2y
Sarah83 What a wonderful idea. 😊 2y
Kalalalatja I didn‘t know this book was a thing, but now I need it in my life! 😍 2y
ladym30 Stunning cover! 2y
jillrhudy I‘m ashamed to say I‘ve never heard of it! 2y
Moray_Reads @Kalalalatja @jillrhudy apparently it was slated at the time of publication and has largely fallen off the radar but I think it's stunning 2y
HardcoverHearts 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻Folio Society books! 2y
jillrhudy I can never think of Mary any more without thinking of Kate Beaton‘s “Hark! A Vagrant” comic strip about her. Be advised this is quite naughty and rude, as, I‘m sure, the men in her circle were. http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=56 2y
Moray_Reads @jillrhudy oh these are great! I haven't seen them before 2y
saresmoore I don‘t know how I‘ve never read this! I should‘ve known better than to scroll through your feed. Your posts are whittling away my resolve. 2y
TricksyTails 😍😍😍 That cover! 2y
DivineDiana Beautiful book! ❤️ (edited) 2y
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readinginthedark
The Last Man | Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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Placed my first Folio Society order today! I requested a catalogue, too, so I know this is going to become a bad habit for my bank acct...🙈 The Last Man and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man! Total blame #FolioFreaks #blameLitsy buy!

Jess_Read_This Ohhh!! I can't wait to see them!! 😱❤️❤️❤️ 2y
LeahBergen Eeee!!! How exciting!! 😍 2y
Moray_Reads I'd the tagged book one you've ordered? 2y
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readinginthedark @Moray_Reads Yes! I had never heard of it before, but it sounds so interesting! And the few pictures I saw were gorgeous! 2y
Moray_Reads @readinginthedark I have this edition and I love the story. It's an odd best as such an early apocalyptic novel but it's wonderful 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon Congrats! And welcome to the cult..I mean CLUB 😁 2y
ScorpioBookDreams You'll not regret this! 2y
Kalalalatja @elkeo 😂😂 and welcome, welcome! There's always room for another in the club 👏 2y
rubyslippersreads Can't wait to see pictures! 😍📚 @elkeo was right when she said cult. And all the cult members are enablers. 😂 2y
JenP They send emails too. They are evil 😂 2y
readinginthedark @elkeo @ScorpioBookDreams @Kalalalatja @rubyslippersreads @JenP Thanks! 😂I know...I've spent most of the day wondering how long I can last before I have to tell my husband about them... 2y
DeborahSmall You're in trouble! 😂❤️ 2y
readinginthedark @DeborahSmall I know!😆I've already browsed the site so many times, adding books to my cart and taking them out. I need to make a Wish List and be done with it...temporarily, at least. 2y
DeborahSmall I have a special journal with lists of folios. I had my birthday wish list, the sale wish list now it's my one a month wish list!! But I also add and remove from basket all the time. I'm determined to get at least one more in the sale. Especially now I know it runs into August and won't effect my July book buying ban which actually translates to only buying 3/4 books per week 😂💕 2y
readinginthedark @DeborahSmall It goes into August! 😯🙈I'n happy for you, but that's so bad/tempting for me! I'm gonna' be spending a bunch of money on school supplies and stuff for my son, so I doubt I'll have any more to spend this time around. I'll just have to wait. 😕 2y
DeborahSmall They start back school in September here and we go to Spain for 12 days at the end of August. If I wasn't saving for that I'd spend every penny on folios 🙈 2y
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hernanderson
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reading with #serialreader 👍