AUTHORBriggs, Raymond
TITLEWhen the Wind Blows
PUBLISHERSchocken Books, Inc.
CITYNew York, NY

This book is a satirical anti-nuclear weapons comic novel published in 1982 about a trusting, retired British couple with round faces and rosy cheeks who are deceived by a book published by the “govern-mental authorities” that tells them what to do in the event of a nuclear attack. They follow the instructions from the “powers that be” and take “all the necessary precautions.” As they are completing them, the Soviets launch a nuclear first strike attack. After a short time the couple emerges from the shelter and expects that life will soon return to normal and the "govern-mental authorities" will help them. After all, it makes "good common sense" to the characters, but to the reader the absurdity of the situation, and the author hopes, of nuclear weapons, is evident. As they try but fail to follow even the basic instructions from the book, the couple begins suffering from acute radiation syndrome. They cannot understand why they don’t feel well, because they cannot see any fallout. They reminisce about the good old days of World War II and the Blitz as they become sicker and die.

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