February 18, 2008
February 18, 2008
In the wake of global catastrophes that have destroyed industrial civilization, the inhabitants of Union Grove, a small New York town, do anything they can to get by, as they struggle to deal with a new way of life over the course of an eventful summer.
For over a decade, novelist and cultural critic James Howard Kunstler has been sounding the warning bells against the direction our resource-guzzling globalized world is heading. His 2005 nonfiction work, THE LONG EMERGENCY, presented a powerful argument that our civilization's dependence on oil is fundamentally untenable, and that we're all headed for a bleak future. In his captivating and disturbing novel, WORLD MADE BY HAND, he imagines life in that future: a place where planes and cars are useless trash, and the population has been ravaged by global warming and deadly pandemics. In a small town in upstate New York, former software executive Robert Earle has been reluctantly elected mayor, and must contend with religious cults, a gang of NASCAR fanatics, and a miscreant thug who is holding six townspeople hostage. WORLD MADE BY HAND conjures a dark but utterly believable vision of the near future, and skillfully blends sci-fi adventure with profound contemplation on the fate of humanity, and how we can save ourselves from our own folly.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Subgenre: Literary, Science Fiction + Fantasy, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Human Qualities + Behavior, Disasters, Settings, Society + Social Issues
- Language: English
- Author: James Howard Kunstler
- Online Item #: 11688780
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-15-6835
- ISBN: 9780871139788
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported