在沙滩上 is 上 e of several post-apocalyptic novels that came out in the wake of the Holocaust and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, during a time when the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union was reaching fever pitch.
在最近几十年中，世界末日后的环境引入了僵尸部落（行尸走肉），婴儿吃高速公路的人（ 马路 ）和奴隶驾驶军阀（ 疯狂的麦克斯 ). If you pick up the book expecting 疯狂的麦克斯 , you will be disappointed, as 在沙滩上 may be the quietest post-apocalyptic novel you will ever read.
Atmospherically, 在沙滩上 is a noir novel. It may be set in sunny Melbourne, but a sense of foreboding fills all cracks and facets. It is also an existentialist novel. It explores the individual reacting to a world where god is dead, and all meaning is absent save the meaning we make ourselves.