After London: Or, Wild England

After London Or Wild England The meadows were green and so was the rising wheat which had been sown but which neither had nor would receive any further care Such arable fields as had not been sown but where the last stubble ha

  • Title: After London: Or, Wild England
  • Author: Richard Jefferies
  • ISBN: 9780192812667
  • Page: 412
  • Format: Paperback
  • The meadows were green, and so was the rising wheat which had been sown, but which neither had nor would receive any further care Such arable fields as had not been sown, but where the last stubble had been ploughed up, were overrun with couch grass, and where the short stubble had not been ploughed, the weeds hid it.

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    About “Richard Jefferies

    • Richard Jefferies

      John Richard Jefferies 1848 1887 is best known for his prolific and sensitive writing on natural history, rural life and agriculture in late Victorian England However, a closer examination of his career reveals a many sided author who was something of an enigma To some people he is familiar as the author of the children s classic Bevis or the strange futuristic fantasy After London , while he also has some reputation as a mystic worthy of serious study Since his death his books have enjoyed intermittent spells of popularity, but today he is unknown to the greater part of the reading public Jefferies, however, has been an inspiration to a number of prominent writers and W.H Hudson, Edward Thomas, Henry Williamson and John Fowles are among those who have acknowledged their debt to him In my view his greatest achievement lies in his expression, aesthetically and spiritually, of the human encounter with the natural world something that became almost an obsession for him in his last years.He was born at Coate in the north Wiltshire countryside now on the outskirts of Swindon where his family farmed a smallholding of about forty acres His father was a thoughtful man with a passionate love of nature but was unsuccessful as a farmer, with the result that the later years of Jefferies childhood were spent in a household increasingly threatened by poverty There were also, it seems, other tensions in the family Richard s mother, who had been brought up in London, never settled into a life in the country and the portrait of her as Mrs Iden usually regarded as an accurate one in his last novel, Amaryllis at the Fair , is anything but flattering Remarks made in some of Jefferies childhood letters to his aunt also strongly suggest an absence of mutual affection and understanding between mother and son A combination of an unsettled home life and an early romantic desire for adventure led him at the age of sixteen to leave home with the intention of traversing Europe as far as Moscow In this escapade he was accompanied by a cousin, but the journey was abandoned soon after they reached France On their return to England they attempted to board a ship for the United States but this plan also came to nothing when they found themselves without sufficient money to pay for food.A self absorbed and independent youth, Jefferies spent much of his time walking through the countryside around Coate and along the wide chalk expanses of the Marlborough Downs He regularly visited Burderop woods and Liddington Hill near his home and on longer trips explored Savernake Forest and the stretch of the downs to the east, where the famous white horse is engraved in the hillside above Uffington His favourite haunt was Liddington Hill, a height crowned with an ancient fort commanding superb views of the north Wiltshire plain and the downs It was on the summit of Liddington at the age of about eighteen, as he relates in The Story of My Heart, that his unusual sensitivity to nature began to induce in him a powerful inner awakening a desire for a larger existence or reality which he termed soul life Wherever he went in the countryside he found himself in awe of the beauty and tranquillity of the natural world not only the trees, flowers and animals, but also the sun, the stars and the entire cosmos seemed to him to be filled with an inexpressible sense of magic and meaning.

    781 thoughts on “After London: Or, Wild England

    • "Il semble pourtant que Richard Jefferies ait herité de son père l'amour de la nature, des bons livres, de la pêche, de la chasse, et que tous ses goûts l´empecherent d´embrasser de métier de fermier. L'insuccès de son père comme agriculteur prévint sans aucun doute Richard contre cette vie, et ce fut l´ennui qu´il y trouvait et le désir d' y échapper qui le firent entrer dans la carrière de journaliste et de romancier".*in "Richard Jefferies étude d'une personnalité" byClinton [...]

    • 2 - 2.5 starsI would classify Richard Jefferies’ _After London_ as part of a somewhat obscure subset of post-apocalyptic fiction I like to call ‘post-apocalyptic pastoral’ along with books like Edgar Pangborn’s Davy, Richard Cowper’s The Road to Corlay, and John Crowley’s Engine Summer. Unlike the norm with post-apocalyptic fiction the world is not dominated by a radioactive wasteland, or rife with twisted mutants or lumbering zombies, and while life may be hard when compared to our [...]

    • ‘After London’ has the distinction of being a very early post-apocalyptic novel, written in 1885. This is rather the most interesting thing about it, as although some of the details are striking, the plot is very formulaic. The book begins with a lyrical evocation of England after a mysterious, ill-understood environmental disaster. Said disaster could very well be retconned as climate change upheaval, as it results in a changed sea level and a new, massive inland lake. After this disaster, [...]

    • First book read after my first cataract surgery and if I hadn’t been trapped at home, I’m not sure I would have finished it. The first whole section is primarily an info dump—how the U.K. has changed since some rather nebulous apocalypse (or maybe it was nebulous to me because I was struggling to read with one eye, a harder task that I anticipated).I don’t require that the main character be likeable—I’ll take a curmudgeon any day as protagonist, but this young man was pretty clueless [...]

    • This was very different from the normal post-apocalyptic fare, and quite refreshing once I'd adapted to the slower pace. It was originally published in 1885, which surprised me, because I probably would have dated it at least 40 years later.Don't expect a thrilling fast-moving adventure tale with a defined ending. Expect a detailed, immersive encyclopedic picture of the wilderness that took over from a civilisation over 30 years ago, of the animals' adaptations, of the human cultural changes and [...]

    • Described by the Observer as a strong candidate for the most beautiful of all Victorian novels, the fact of Jeffries being a nature writer shines through both in his scientific description of post apocalyptic England and the descriptions of the hero's voyages which teem with detail about the birds and landscapes he passes through. The strongest parts of the book are the descriptions of environmental collapse in the first part and Felix's trip through the nightmare landscapes of an extinct London [...]

    • Some "classics" are under-appreciated for a reason. The back-cover quote by A.S. Byatt is spot-on: the setting here is spectacular, and the book's first thirty pages, which describe the slow takeover of a post-apocalyptic London by its natural elements, have hardly aged a day (they're comparable to what Alan Weisman does in "The World Without Us," even). Sadly, "After London's" descent into "suck" territory is swift and profound-- it's like Jeffries expended all of his imaginative energy on back [...]

    • The first part of the book is splendid, while the adventure story in the second drags a bit and ends very suddenly in the middle of things. So much so, in fact, that I went online to see if my Gutenberg Ebook was incomplete.There are many themes in that narrative, none of which are seen through. This might actually be a design, to show the aimlessness of history, that the catastrophe in the first part is already pointing to, on a more private scale. Say the wrong thing and a story that seemed to [...]

    • An early scientific postapocalypse, and a strange book. Jefferies was primarily a nature writer, and the first half of the book is dedicated to a biology-first view of succession and speciation in a post-collapse UK. River mouths have silted up, and much of southern England is now a great lake fed by the Thames and Severn; humans have divided into castes more or less based on Victorian classism, so that indigents become the savage aboriginal Bushmen, gypsies remain gypsies while getting more pro [...]

    • The first section of the novel is a “factual and scientific” account of what happened to the infrastructure of the city of London after British civilization fell due to an unknown catastrophe. It reminded me very much of The World Without Us, and it was fascinating to see that many of Alan Weisman’s conclusions had been anticipated by Jefferies almost 150 years earlier.The second section follows a more traditional narrative structure and tells the story of Felix Aquila, a young nobleman in [...]

    • Starting in on After London immediately after Earth Abides, I felt at first that I was reading a different draft of the same novel. Like Stewart, Richard Jeffries tells how a radically depopulated land, England in this case, returns to a state of nature as cultivated land and domesticated animals become wild and untamed with the hand of man removed. Similarities between the two novels quickly disappear, however; where Stewart confined his story to the lifetime of one man following the fall of ci [...]

    • A curious book in two halves. The first charts the re-wilding of Britain after an unspecified disaster wipes out London and most of civilisation. The second half is more like a medieval adventure story where Felix is off to find his fortune so he can marry his love in this new feudal society. This is an early example of post apocalyptic fiction (which had some nicer outcomes in it given that this is pre-nuclear). Richard Jeffries is better known for his nature writing (well, at least I know him [...]

    • The first half of the book was a masterclass in telling a non-anthropocentric story. We instead get a gods eye view of the landscape as it changes. This blurs the gap between the reader and the world until the character itself is the landscape and the death and life that takes place within it become an inconsequential ebb and flow to the overall story. Time becomes a fluid thing that moves as it needs and feels ultimately unnecessary. Then a point of view is introduced and time is introduced and [...]

    • Some beautiful descriptions of the English countryside after modern civilisation has suffered an unspecified "cataclysm", as you'd expect from Jeffries, who was mainly known for his nature writing. But the plot is an afterthought, and Felix is pretty insufferable, so it was a slog to finish. Theoretically interesting as one of the first post-apocalyptic novels, but I wouldn't particularly recommend it.

    • book 1 is pure world building and one of the best apocalyptic settings ever createdok 2 is a story happening within that setting. the story is quite generic and often boring. there's a dinner scene that drags on way too long. I wouldn't fault someone for skipping book 2.

    • Interesting book but inconclusive ending. As if author wanted to write a sequel which never came to be.

    • HeavyI could not get into this tomb at all. It was like reading my own obituary and finding out I was seriously boring

    • This book had its moments. Two of them, to be exact.It began beautifully. The opening (“Relapse Into Barbarism”) describes the long-term environmental consequences of an unspecified disaster that caused massive depopulation in England and produced a giant lake in the country's center. Jeffries' depiction of the re-conquest of farms, villages, and towns-- at first by weeds and mice, then trees, and finally whole forests inhabited by feral animals-- reads like a set of verbal paintings of ruin [...]

    • The book is split into two sections. The first being similar to an encyclopedic description of a future, post apocalyptic world, describing how the Earth has shifted and the people and animal changed. While it is an interesting approach to a description of this future earth, it becomes a bit tedious and unnecessary, I doubt the story would have been any less impacted if this section was instead dispersed into the story itself or not used at all.Unfortunately the main story itself isn't quite as [...]

    • I find it a little disconcerting that this is listed as "the first" post-apocalyptic novels by many reviewers on when Mary Shelly wrote last man 60 years earlier! Women novelists should not be forgotten! That said I did really enjoy this Victorian Post-apocalyptic novel. It started with a lovely description of decay and how nature reclaimed the land when the people left. The description of the apocalypse and what had happened was left vague, you were only given the same knowledge that the peopl [...]

    • Too much play is made of this as an 'early post-apocalyptic work'. It seems to me the SF aficionados come at it and find it wanting, while the likely best readership for the work is put off reading it at all.This is a very singular book which, insofar as it owes allegiance to anything, owes it to Victorian tales of adventure and romance. The characterisation is minimal, but adequate. It's a page-turner, at least in parts. There's a siege, there are battles, a journey, a voyage, an unattainable b [...]

    • (Still not done with this--will return to complete it.) This book--the only work written by Mr. Jefferies I have read so far--while a fascinating example of the first stirrings of modern world-building and post-apocalyptic fiction, and while beautifully written from the perspective of style, technique, and execution, is nonetheless flawed to varying degrees in terms of characterization, plot, plausibility, and other non-linguistic aspects of the text.The book opens with a short section titled "T [...]

    • Boring. Yes, it is boring. I am fascinated by how people viewed the world, in the past. And read this one, I might almost say, on a bet. It was on a list of books of Victorian views on the fall of mankind.There are two parts to the book Part one is "The Relapse into Barbarism", which gives us an account of the various peoples and animals who survive the unknown apocalypse. His account of how the various domestic animals go feral is somewhat interesting, but does not really ring true. His account [...]

    • After London is made up of two distinct parts. First is "The Relapse into Barbarism", which describes the decline of civilization, but more importantly the recovery of nature, after an unspecified disaster. This section draws heavily on Jefferies background as a nature writer, and is essentially a detailed thought experiment on what would happen to the English countryside without many men around. For a potentially dry topic, it is surprisingly readable - largely because Jefferies describes the r [...]

    • The method of world-building in this novel was very different than what I've generally experienced in post-apocalyptic/fantasy novels. Instead of burdening the story with clumsy explanations from characters or contrived plot devices that introduce new aspects of the world only when needed (cough*cough*JKRowling*cough), Jefferies just tells the reader about his world upfront. The first section of the novel, "The Return to Barbarism", is the literary equivalent to a nature documentary about a fore [...]

    • I first discovered Richard Jefferies by his nature essays. He lived not far from where I am now; a different time, of course, and so, a totally different country. I found his writing wonderful, and his enthusiasm for nature inspiring. I had wanted to try an ebook and found After London free to download on Project Gutenberg.A book "t without its flaws" Quite. There was a section, towards the end of the second half, which was entertaining, dare I say, quite exciting. However, before we're allowed [...]

    • I believe this novel is over if not close to being a hundred years old. I'm too lazy to go back and research the date at this time since I found the novel to be less than a thrilling read. I understand 'After London' to be one of the first if not the first apocolyptic novels ever written so that fact alone may induce you to give it a try. I found it available for free on Kindle, which may entice you even more. It takes place after the fall of man, subscribing to some sort of nuclear disaster, bu [...]

    • This isn't a terrible book in itself, but I personally didn't enjoy it very much. I read it purely because it's one of the earliest examples of apocalyptic fiction that I could find, but it was a bit disappointing in that respect.The first section of the book is a fairly lengthy description of England some time after an unspecified catastrophe. A large lake occupies the centre of the country, and dense forests cover most of the land. Society has regressed to a medieval state with various warring [...]

    • Loved the story, which felt like a medieval fantasy at times, though it's set post-apocalypse of some kind. It's one of the "England is the cheese that stands alone" kind of stories. The upper class just leaves the country, leaving the less educated (in sciences and things) and those who can't afford to emigrate. Jefferies doesn't try to explain why. There is some weird narrator separation from the story, which takes place some hundred years after everybody cleared out and some undefined amount [...]

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