Lot’s Daughter by Ward Moore

Book containing Caduceus Wild, Lot and Lot's Daughter by Ward Moore (Italian edition)
Book containing Caduceus Wild, Lot and Lot’s Daughter by Ward Moore (Italian edition)

The novelette “Lot’s Daughter” by Ward Moore was published for the first time in 1954. It’s the sequel to “Lot“.

A few years after the atomic war, Mr. Jimmon survives with his daughter Erika and the son they had in the meantime. The three of them follow a routine dictated by the demands of their lives isolated from other possible survivors. Mr. Jimmon isn’t very happy, but one day something changes.

If “Lot” had disturbed you, especially for its end, its sequel could have an even bigger effect. “Lot’s Daughter” takes place a few years later and has Mr. Jimmon and his daughter Erika live in isolation. Their situation is made awkward from the beginning by the fact that in the meantime they had a son.

As in “Lot”, the story is focused on the protagonists, although in this case Ward Moore tells something about what happened in the rest of the world through some news they heard on the radio. Mr. Jimmon, a modern Lot, maintained his attitude of lucidity at least apparent that in “Lot’s Daughter” appears more and more a rationalization.

Mr. Jimmon preferred his daughter Erika to the rest of their family to build a future together. A few years later, he ha’s having some doubts about his choice but Erika was the one closest to him. Eventually, the girl will show that there’s a resemblance to her father but not the way he expected.

“Lot’s Daughter” is in some ways even more brutal than “Lot”, not because there’s violence but for the dehumanized life of the Jimmon family. Mr. Jimmon’s doubts seem sometimes really absurd thinking that his situation is in many ways the result of his choices. Basically he brought it on himself.

These two stories inspired the movie “Panic in Year Zero!”, though with no credits. The movie develops in a different way the idea of ​​the family fleeing following the beginning of a nuclear war.

“Lot’s Daughter” forms with “Lot” a family portrait that will make you shiver. I think these are two must-read stories, possibly together.

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