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It was what I have always seen—a river, and, beyond it, a great Dead Place and in it the gods walking. The legends tell it.

There should have been the wailings of spirits and the shrieks of demons, but there were not.

Yet, at this moment, John does not feel brave. I closed my eyes to shut them out. Toward the setting of the eighth sun, I came to the banks of the great river.

Which guides should we add? Dec 05, Heather rated it it was amazing Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Each book in the series has been designed with today’s young reader in mind. He died as he tried to spring—he rolled over, tearing at the ground.

He is set on reconstructing the society humans had years ago, stepphen this time, making things right.

By the Waters of Babylon by Stephen Vincent Benét

Then my eyes grew used to the light and my ears to the sound. I looked at the bones in the shadow and kept my voice still.


The towers are not all broken—here and there one still stands, like a great tree in a forest, and the birds nest high. The rooms are also full of books, and John takes this as a sign that bente apartment was once inhabited by a wise god.

Readers understand that John is witnessing New York city lit up at night by electric light—an astounding sight for a person from a society without electricity. Fire fell out of the sky onto the people in the streets and toppled the beneet, he tells us.

As he crosses the river, John sings his death song, in which he proclaims his courage and enumerates the challenges he has overcome during his journey. I saw a fishhawk, catching fish in the river. Everywhere there are the carved stones, carved with magical numbers or words. American short stories short stories Post-apocalyptic short stories Works originally published in The Saturday Evening Post.

I was just really impressed. My raft went whirling downstream toward the Bitter Water. The Ou-dis-san recalls the River Styx, which separates the worlds of the living and dead in Greek mythology. Stephen Vincent Benet was a prophet and this is his lamentation.

I can read letters but I could not understand these. I found it at last in the ruins of a great temple in the mid-city.

By the Waters of Babylon

John knows that he will die if he enters the Place of the Gods, but he also knows that if he turns back without fully satisfying his desire for new knowledge about the gods, he will never be content or at peace with himself.


The nuclear bombs, can’t grow food, too poisonous. He asked me how the gods were dressed and I told him how they were dressed. After babyllon, they gave me the good piece of meat and the warm corner of the fire. Want to Read saving…. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Everywhere there were books and waterz, many in tongues that I could not read. He laughs at how the Forest People eat grubs, and boasts that the Hill People bneet wool into yarn and preserve old writings, and that their priests dress in white robes all these qualities differentiating them from the Forest people.

I had not gone through all the rooms when the darkness fell. It is not true what some of the tales say, that the ground there burns forever, for I have been there.

Everywhere in it there are god-roads, though most are cracked and broken.