The Purple Cloud

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This Penguin Classic is performed by Clifford Samuel. This definitive recording includes an introduction by John Sutherland.

The Purple Cloud
tells the grandly bleak story of Adam Jeffson: the first man to reach the North Pole and the last man left alive on earth. A sweet-smelling, deadly cloud of poisonous gas has devastated the world, and as Jeffson travels the stricken globe in search of human life, he slowly succumbs to madness, and unleashes fire and destruction on his planet. Dark, desolate and fantastical, The Purple Cloud was a pioneer in the genre of apocalyptic novels, and the first great science fiction work of the twentieth century.

(P) Penguin Audio 2020

Critics Review

  • Fantastic, weird, macabre…imaginative, fascinating, convincing, as some dreadful nightmare…a remarkable piece of work…head and shoulders above the average tale of fantastic adventure

    New York Times Book Review
  • Delivered with a skill and artistry falling little short of actual majesty

    H P Lovecraft
  • The first great science fiction novel of the science fiction century

    John Clute
  • One of the best last-man books, The Purple Cloud still surprises with its passionate despair and prescient scenes of mass extinction, motorcars, electrified billboards and telephone sex by undersea cable

    Times Literary Supplement

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