Underground Man


Read by Ruth Golding

(3.5 stars; 9 reviews)


This post-apocalyptic novella tells the story of the downfall of civilisation and mankind following a solar cataclysm in the late 20th century. To survive, the remnants of humanity had to build a new civilization underground in the complete absence of all species except mankind, choosing to base it only on love and beauty, the fine arts and intellectual pursuits.

In view of the sun's current inactivity, this frighteningly prophetic tale might have been written today, saving that the cultural references and the fluid prose might be beyond, if one dares say so, many modern writers.

Tarde was a French sociologist, criminologist and social psychologist. This novella was, as far as I know, his only venture into the writing of fiction, and is heavy with philosophical, sociological, scientific and even political concepts. It is an absorbing and thought-provoking work. (Summary by Ruth Golding)

(2 hr 55 min)

Chapters

Introductory and I. Prosperity 27:56 Read by Ruth Golding
II. The Catastrophe 12:53 Read by Ruth Golding
III. The Struggle 33:52 Read by Ruth Golding
IV. Saved 15:02 Read by Ruth Golding
V. Regeneration 34:27 Read by Ruth Golding
VI. Love 16:50 Read by Ruth Golding
VII. The Aesthetic Life 34:33 Read by Ruth Golding

Reviews

(3 stars)

Even the wonderful reading skills of Ruth Golding can't keep my interest in this story. I am sure it is very clever but too deep for my bedtime relaxing.

Global Warming Prediction?

(4 stars)

Interesting look at what our future reincarnations may be like on planet earth.

(5 stars)

I love Ruth Golding's readings! She's one of the BEST readers!

ok to read one time

(3 stars)

yep...tall good looking French selective bred socialists will save the world thru art!...