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This review is from: The Death of Grass (Penguin Modern Classics) (Kindle Edition)
I read Death of Grass as a teenager and it had a profound effect on the way I viewed our society as I grew to be an adult. No other book has ever laid bare the fragility of our developed society in a way that is so brutally effective. This is Lord of the Flies for grown ups. The central message of the book, that our civilised world is an inverted pyramid of dependency perched precariously on simple necessities, has never faded in my memory. The book charts the rapid, almost instant, descent into barbarism viewed from the eyes of one family when the food production system fails.
Rereading the book after a few decades, I discovered that it has lost not of its impact. It is even more striking and visceral than I remembered. Read this book and be afraid for all of our futures.