The Scarlet Plague

by Jack London | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9781843911753 Global Overview for this book
Registered by conto of Lisboa (city), Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on 4/7/2014
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Journal Entry 1 by conto from Lisboa (city), Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Monday, April 07, 2014
"It was the summer of 2013 that the Plague came… The heart began to beat faster and the heat of the body to increase. Then came the scarlet rash, spreading like wildfire… An old man walks along deserted railway tracks, long since unused and overgrown; beside him a young, feral boy helps him along. It has been sixty years since the great Red Death wiped out mankind, and the handful of survivors, from all walks of life, have established their own civilisation, their own hierarchy in a savage world. Art, science, all learning’s been lost, and the young descendants of the healthy few know nothing of the world that was, nothing but myths and make-believe. The old man is the only one who can convey the wonders of that bygone age, and the horrors of the plague that brought about its end. What future lies in store for the remnants of mankind can only be surmised – their ignorance, barbarity and ruthlessness the only hope they have. Jack London’s dystopian vision of the future was first published in 1912, a century before the Scarlet Plague he envisioned destroying the human population. The deadly virus, which kills in a matter of minutes in some instances, remains a terrifying prophecy of the perils of globalisation, which are all too pertinent today."

Journal Entry 2 by conto at Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Monday, April 21, 2014
Finished this book a while ago, because it's a very quick read.

I didn't find anything exceptional in this dystopian vision of a future that's already past, but interesting nonetheless for portraying a world after 2013 (the fatal year), although written in 1912.

Journal Entry 3 by conto at Cabine de Leitura Pç. Londres in Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Released 5 yrs ago (4/23/2014 UTC) at Cabine de Leitura Pç. Londres in Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal


Released on the occasion of the World Book Day, at a traditional red phone booth converted into a mini-library, opened to the public today in Lisbon.

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