If you like post-apocalyptic novels you may like this one.
The character, Makepeace Hatfield, is the last survivor of a colony in Siberia.
Having lost everything he heads for True North. What he encounters is not the stuff of happy endings. And yet the tone of this story remains hopeful.
I thought the writing was excellent.
Move your family to Siberia and the Gulags to escape whatever-what could go wrong? Called Post-apocalyptic in the writeup much worse than this is happening today at numerous locations on the globe and we worry about building a wall around our border. Homo Sapiens have become Homo Horribilus and humankind probably should be removed from the planet before we destroy it. Yet our heroine produces another human to grow up in this dying landscape to continue the suffering-WHY?
Just a brutal, dark, dank, horrible, wretched, depressing tale with such a beautiful ending. I loved the very noteworthy prose that had me e-highlighting throughout. For instance there was this gem, "It was hope. As much as I badmouth people in general and think the worst of them, I'm secretly waiting for them to surprise me. Try as I might, I haven't been able to give up on them wholly. Even though they are nine and nine-tenths dirt, now and again they are capable of something angelic." Or this one mayhap, "He said the truth of a man is the opposite of what he wants you to know about him. If you want to understand someone, you have to find a way to catch hold of his shadow. By Bill's reckoning, the man to fear is the one always harping on about goodness." I'm not so sure I'd recommend this book to just anyone. I think most peoople tend to be less misanthropic than I am and I have never heard anyone else fess up to a last man on earth fantasy as their oldest dream in life. Who knows though, maybe someday I will cross paths with my spiritual doppelganger reading a book in between innings at the World Series with me or something. I came close in game two of the playoffs but this joker was reading, and enjoying the Martian.
Many months later...as an audio book I have repeatedly listened to this & never grow tired of it. Excellent reader. The more I listen the more I find in common with our lives today & a very real possibility.
I really liked this book. Similar theme as "The Road" but thankfully, not as gruesome.
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