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Land Under England (SF master series) Paperback – 9 Feb 1978

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: New English Library Ltd; New edition edition (9 Feb. 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0450033902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0450033902
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 644,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author, searching for his father, enters a bizarre underworld populated, among others, by humans who entered and settled this underground world centuries before. This society is repugnant to him - most of its inhabitants live and work in unquestioning obedience to the state. Most of the book is taken up by vivid description of how he makes his way and survives in this strange and inhospitable world. The descriptions of the world succesfully convey a feeling of dread and despair, the "landscapes" are well drawn and the writing, though at times wordy, is always involving. This was probably written with a political message in mind, given the rise of totalitarian regimes in the world at the time of writing in the 1930s. Is it SF? - just about - but i would put it with such books as Erewhon, Flatland, and Gullivers Travels.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 3 Feb. 2013
By Kathleen F. Lamantia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Very interesting work. Excellent evocation of alien topography and society. A little intense in description of the feelings and impressions of the progragonist, but perhaps that was intentional in order to produce contrast with the soul-less inhabitants...?
When this was written, in 1935, Nazism was not yet fully exposed, nor was communism. It is remarkable that the author set up the dichotomy so clearly between communal society and individual effort and reward.
Creative, interesting and worthwhile
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinder of a Mind Control story! 24 Aug. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Land Under England was first published in 1935, when
totalitarian governments were on the rise, and is an
allegory of the first order.
This is the tale of a son who goes underground in
search of his missing father, who is obsessed with
the Roman Wall and the glory that was Rome. The father
has found a way to get under the ancient wall to look
for a lost Roman civilization. What the son finds when
he searches for his father is a nightmare world filled
with horrible beasts and even more horrible humans, who
have had their minds and souls murdered in the service
of the State.
This book is also an exciting story about a dangerous
journey. Mostly, though, it's a lesson in the importance of
one's individuality and how it must be preserved and protected
at all costs, or mankind is lost.
I strongly recommend this book.
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