Alas Babylon by Pat Frank. Notes on the Novel. Author’s Purpose:.
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Notes on the Novel
Rarely do writers have just one purpose in writing a novel, but Alas Babylon’s purpose seems to be pretty clear cut. The author wanted to strike fear in the hearts of his fellow Americans about the looming danger of a nuclear strike.
After WWWII ended, Americans were settling into one of the most prosperous and comfortable times we had experienced as a country. But amid this complacency, there was a sense of the danger that had ended the war. The H bombs that struck Nagasaki and Hiroshima still existed, and the world’s tensions had not ceased with the war.