This is the book which might have been reissued as a Modern Classic in 2009 instead of/ as well as his "Death of Grass." As I write this review when the UK is enduring the snowiest start to a year since perhaps 1963, an exceptionally cold winter at the time of which "World" appeared, the novel will have its ironic relevance at a time (the reverse of that when the book appeared) when warming, rather than cooling, is a concern. The basic motor of the cooling in the novel is solar radiation, still a much debated topic across the quasi-scientific community at least. And yet besides a chilling (sorry) portrayal of an adverse climate, this novel has much to say about the relations between the UK and Africa, the legacy of colonialism and the nature of nationalism. These are the issues, along with a strong dialectical sense of character formation (which "Death" lacks) which make this book a good read, and will make it pertinent long after global warming is back on the agenda and the current snows are those of yesteryear.
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