THE CHALK GIANTS. Keith Roberts.

THE CHALK GIANTS. London: Hutchinson, [1974]. Octavo, boards. First edition. "THE CHALK GIANTS" (collection of linked stories 1974; cut 1975), whose separate tales elegantly embody a cyclical vision of the future of the island of Britain. The protagonist of the framing narrative (seen in the UK edition only) drives to the south coast to escape an indistinct disaster, goes into hiding, and (depending on one's reading) either cycles the rest of the book through his head or can be seen as himself emblematic of the movement the tales portend, from post-holocaust chaos through God-ridden ruined Earth savagery back to a state premonitory of his own wounded condition." - John Clute, SFE (online). "Nuclear war devastates Britain; in the long aftermath, a new culture gradually evolves. A curious story cycle in which the future and past of England are blended into one. Rather bloody, occasionally mystical, frequently confusing: it's full of powerful writing but adds up to a less appealing book than the author's earlier PAVANE." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), p. 62. "Roberts's most ambitious work, his most characteristic and, to date, his finest." - Nicholas Ruddick, Foundation. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-906. Mild bruise to upper fore-edge corner, else a fine copy in fine dust jacket with mild matching bruise. An excellent copy of a somewhat uncommon book that is elusive in superior condition. (#161912).

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"First published 1974" on copyright page.