On the Beach was one of the saddest books I ever read. It describes the life of some of the last living humans after a nuclear war has taken out the northern hemisphere, and describes the last few days as they go about their business and prepare to off themselves when the radiation sickness gets too strong. Some people work, some play, some try to love, but they all die in the end, and they know it. It was a beautiful story, but a harrowing read.
The author’s style is extremely hard to follow at times; three paragraphs may describe a quick conversation, where in the next sentence a week has elapsed; it could best be described as temporally incoherent and at times all over the place. This weakens the rhythm when the book is being read, but I think the core story is quite sound and meaningful. 6/10.