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- File Size: 3544 KB
- Print Length: 348 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481271350
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AR0T45K
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- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #232,720 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
In short, the author, Robert Davies is very talented. This book had some beautiful and stunning moments. The characters (generally,) were well written and in the chapters where the Silas meets his future partner there were moments of real emotional connection.
His writing style, in this book, is very descriptive. This is completely wonderful to start with; there are also periods where it is justified and it is up there with the very best I have read.
Reading this was incredibly hard work. It took me far longer to read than it should have. I had to push through through sheer will and determination (not generally a good thing in a book). The descriptive prose was so over the top in parts, that it really took away from what could have been a spectacular book. For example I could write about a puddle, tell the reader in incredible detail about the puddle and what I have written is beautiful and insightful; however if I spent the next paragraph still describing the puddle then when I eventually finish I start to describe the pavement it sits on in the same way, it starts to lose impact and slows the entire flow of the story. If this happened once, not a problem. However 60-70% of the book is like this. Entire sections of the book seem to add little to the story progression.
Fewer descriptive paragraphs would give them far greater impact. It would also enable what is a wonderful story-line and great characters to take more prominence.
As I said at the start he has a genuine talent, but sometimes less is more, far far more.Read more ›
The book flips about through time, telling the back story of the main character as well as the present. This character, Silas Stanley, is very engaging and feels real. The book is really about his life, and how he deals with the end of the world and his journey to find his daughter, and gives a personal point of view.
I found the story gripping, especially as it went on. I had tried to ration myself to one chapter a day, but that became three chapters a day very quickly, and then I abandoned that completely and read the last few chapters straight through. I cried at the end, which is always a good testament. I highly recommend it.
I won't say much about the story, for what it costs, read it yourself!
The book is set in England in the year 2013 and follows the story of a man who is surviving in an apocalyptic landscape as he searches for his family. It is hard to write much more without giving anything away as the author leaves you to work it out for yourself as you go along.
I know what you are thinking, there are millions of books like this on the kindle store at the moment. That is true, but what sets it apart from most others is the beautiful and skillful style of writing. The story is as much about the main characters' past than about how he copes in the current scenario.
So in conclusion, this book is dark, haunting but beautiful. I am glad I read it.
P.S. only one typo that I noticed in the whole book
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It started well, in the vein of Day Of The Triffids in many ways, but then descended into narcissistic rambling. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Andy Leslie
I couldn't force myself through any more than 30% of it.
The Man Who Lived at the End of the World is just so slow to develop and every single thing is described in such... Read more
Read this book!!! I have just created a new folder on my kindle entitled favourites, it has got 1 book in it, this one. Read morePublished on 10 Dec. 2014 by robstan
I was going to write Wow as my heading but see that somebody has beaten me to it. However the sentiment remains - wow! Read morePublished on 10 Dec. 2014 by batbinbogbloke
I really enjoyed this book. I had no expectations as I do not know the author. I tend to read thrillers, but this came up as a daily free read, the synopsis interested... Read morePublished on 4 April 2014 by J. Watkins
I really enjoyed this book! For a change the ending wasn't a "Happily Ever After" kept my interest all the way through.Published on 28 Feb. 2014 by Mr. B. Hughes
I'm a fan of post-apocalyptic fiction, particularly if it's set in Britain, so I had to get this one. Read morePublished on 18 Jan. 2014 by Fazeshifter
I wasn't expecting much from yet another end of the world story but the characters were interesting and intriguing as were the various situations they encountered. Read morePublished on 1 Dec. 2013 by L. J. Griffiths
Couldn't finish this, main character is pathetic and intensely annoying. One reviser said this book was over written ~ understatement! Might have succeeded with a good editor. Read morePublished on 11 Nov. 2013 by Caz