No Blade of Grass

No Blade of Grass

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A glimpse into the future, when a mysterious disease spreads from Asia to Europe, bringing starvation and horror in its wake.
Publisher: New York : Avon Books, 1980, c1956.
ISBN: 9780380480098
0380480093
Characteristics: 190 pages ;,18 cm.

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thomd
Aug 11, 2012

A stark book, but then that's the theme. Told from the perspective of one man, the possibility of this tale is very close to reality. I had an alternate solution for the ending, which arrived a little too quickly. Still and all, a good read.

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Aug 08, 2012

In is dystopian tale, the world is facing death by starvation. In "The Death Of Grass" the end of the world as we know it is brought about by the Chung-Li virus. This is a disease that starts in China and kills off all grass species – not just the grass on the front lawn but rice, wheat, barley and rye. Food staples for every human and most animals – especially the ones humans eat. China falls to famine, and then the virus spreads to South-East Asia, India and the Soviet Union, and before long grasses are dying in Great Britain.

In England John and his friend Roger continue to eat their bread and cakes feeling safe. John’s brother owns a farm in a valley in the north of England and feels that the virus is going to arrive in England, he urges John and his family to move in with him. John dismisses this and returns to his home in London. He believes the government when it assured Britons that a genetically engineered bio-weapon has been found to destroy the virus. Gradually John and Roger realise that the government has been lying, and the genetically engineered weapon has made things much worse. The virus has arrived and Britain now has little to no foodstock to feed its residents. Almost immediately they learn that the government has come up with a plan to reduce the population, the two families have to get out of London and fast and head for the farm.

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