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5.0 out of 5 stars A little known gem, 30 Oct. 2012
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This review is from: The Purple Cloud (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
This book is something special. I came across it by accident and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is a pioneer of the last man novels but what I most like about it is that it is a pioneer of the schizophrenic novel too. The main charachter Adam Jeffson slips in and out of psychosis throughout this book and battles with the darkside and the light. He calls these black power and white power. This is a theme in many schizophrenics life, I know this from personal experience. M P Shiel as far as I know did not suffer from mental illness, but he has a good insight into the condition. Remember Shiel wrote about the anti hero with full blown psychosis many many years before Philip K Dick got there.

The writing is like H G Wells on acid. It deserves a wider readership. It's one of the best reads that I've come across in a long time IMHO. If like me you are a fan of the old long dead authors you should buy this book. I'm sure that you'll enjoy it. If you like the modern horror writers you should probably give it a miss.This book is a not so well known gem and deserves to be more widely read.
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Initial post: 6 Apr 2013, 19:17:23 BST
excellent review

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jan 2014, 21:44:13 GMT
Mr. P. Rigby says:
Agreed, many thanks - i'm about to order this now, cheers
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