New. Written in 1955 this was Dunsany's last major work. The narrator looks through a futuroscope to divine the fate of humanity. He learns that a nuclear holocaust has reduced humanity to a Stone Age existence where what's left of our species must battle humans, animals and the elements to stay alive. He focuses his attention on the plight of one family and witnesses horrifying, touching and fascinating events in this brave new world of the distant future. Now a print-on-demand trade paperback.
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Publishers Weekly, 2003-10-27 Apparently written in 1955, this last novel by Irish fantasist Dunsany (1878-1955) doesn't rank with such early masterpieces as The King of Elfland's Daughter, but it offers its own rewards. Methery, the inventor of the futuroscope, a device that allows one to view the future, first appeared in one of Dunsany's Jorkens stories, "The Two-Way War." Here the unnamed narrator, a retired English journalist, borrows Methery's futuroscope simply for fun, as the title suggests. In a set-up that anticipates today's "reality" TV, the narrator watches a family 500 years in the future as they cope with the aftermath of a nuclear strike on London, regularly noting his breaks in the present for dinner, teatime and bedtime. Dunsany's descriptions of sylvan beauty are as lovely as anything he ever wrote, but some readers may find the elegant exposition, with its long paragraphs and sparse dialogue, too old-fashioned. This restrained apocalyptic novel, warning of the dangers of technology, will likely win over only established fans. Joshi's illuminating introduction is a plus. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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