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Book Title: Dagen van gekken en dwazen|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 2.82 MB
v The author of the book: Edmund Cooper
Date of issue: 1973
ISBN 13: 9789028303621
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Read full description of the books Dagen van gekken en dwazen:An SFF book published in the year I was born!
I read this book a very long time ago when I was pretty young. I'm thinking it was well over thirty years ago and I may have been around ten. So the fact that it has stayed with me all these years has to mean something?
The central crisis, the thing that delivers the post apocalyptic stage on which events play out, is original and in many ways poignant. Something happens that leads everyone 'normal' to succumb to suicidal urges. The only survivors are 'odd' - eccentrics, people whose thought-patterns don't follow the usual path. I guess part of the fascination is wondering if you'd be among the survivors.
The story is told through the eyes of one such survivor and details his attempts to continue to survive and to come to terms with the new reality in which everyone has a chance/need to reinvent and re-envision themselves.
The general thrust is a (now) familiar exploration of society collapsing in a hurry and what floods in to fill the vacuum. Cults arise, different groupings do battle. The patients take over the asylum.
I can't say I have a clear memory of the plot, but I recall the story to be brutal, touching, and funny in fairly equal measures, and a very good read. One day I will reacquire a copy and find out how much my perception may have changed in the intervening decades!
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Read information about the authorExcerpted from Deadly Image (later republished as The Uncertain Midnight) was completed in 1957 and published in 1958. A 1956 short story, Brain Child, was adapted as the movie The Invisible Boy (1957).
In 1969 The Uncertain Midnight was adapted for Swiss television, in French. At the height of his popularity, in the 1970s, he began to review science fiction for the Sunday Times and continued to do so until his death in 1982.
Apart from the website mentioned above there was another Edmund Cooper website full of information about the author and his publications.
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