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In The Long Emergency celebrated social commentator James Howard Kunstler explored how the terminal decline of oil production, combined with climate change, had the potential to put industrial civilization out of business. In World Made by Hand, an astonishing work of speculative fiction, Kunstler brings to life what America might be, a few decades hence, after these catastrophes converge. For the townspeople of Union Grove, New York, the future is nothing like they thought it would be. Transportation is slow and dangerous, so food is grown locally at great expense of time and energy, and the outside world is largely unknown. There may be a president, and he may be in Minneapolis now, but people aren’t sure. Their challenges play out in a dazzling, fully realized world of abandoned highways and empty houses, horses working the fields and rivers, no longer polluted, and replenished with fish. With the cost of oil skyrocketing—and with it the price of food—Kunstler’s extraordinary book, full of love and loss, violence and power, sex and drugs, depression and desperation, but also plenty of hope, is more relevant than ever.

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In The Long Emergency celebrated social commentator James Howard Kunstler explored how the terminal decline of oil production, combined with climate change, had the potential to put industrial civilization out of business. In World Made by Hand, an astonishing work of speculative fiction, Kunstler brings to life what America might be, a few decades hence, after these catastrophes converge. For the townspeople of Union Grove, New York, the future is nothing like they thought it would be. Transportation is slow and dangerous, so food is grown locally at great expense of time and energy, and the outside world is largely unknown. There may be a president, and he may be in Minneapolis now, but people arent sure. Their challenges play out in a dazzling, fully realized world of abandoned highways and empty houses, horses working the fields and rivers, no longer polluted, and replenished with fish. With the cost of oil skyrocketing—and with it the price of food—Kunstlers extraordinary book, full of love and loss, violence and power, sex and drugs, depression and desperation, but also plenty of hope, is more relevant than ever.

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Celebrated social commentator Kunstler's previous works have explored the age of globalization and mankind's explosive progress and their resulting dire consequences. His latest book is a work of sobering speculative fiction that brings to life what America might be, a few decades in the future.

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Isabel, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Isabel)
Although the premise of the collapse of our modern society is solid that's where the logic of this book ends. The relationships in this book is confusing and destroys the flow of the story.
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ViejoLoco, January 3, 2011 (view all comments by ViejoLoco)
Possibly a more realistic post-apocalyptic vision than, for example, The Road. Felt at the end that there could have been more, but maybe that is always the case with a well-written novel--you want there to be more. I felt that things were wrapped up a little too neatly, however. Overall, a good look at what life might be like when the military-industrial complex is no longer functioning.
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AE, January 4, 2010 (view all comments by AE)
Serious, clever, thoughtful and just plain fun! This is an unforgettable novel that can not only consume an evening but can change the reader's life. Very highly recommended.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780802144010
Author:
Kunstler, James
Publisher:
Grove Press
Author:
Kunstler, James Howard
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20090131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 10.54 oz

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"Synopsis" by ,
In The Long Emergency celebrated social commentator James Howard Kunstler explored how the terminal decline of oil production, combined with climate change, had the potential to put industrial civilization out of business. In World Made by Hand, an astonishing work of speculative fiction, Kunstler brings to life what America might be, a few decades hence, after these catastrophes converge. For the townspeople of Union Grove, New York, the future is nothing like they thought it would be. Transportation is slow and dangerous, so food is grown locally at great expense of time and energy, and the outside world is largely unknown. There may be a president, and he may be in Minneapolis now, but people arent sure. Their challenges play out in a dazzling, fully realized world of abandoned highways and empty houses, horses working the fields and rivers, no longer polluted, and replenished with fish. With the cost of oil skyrocketing—and with it the price of food—Kunstlers extraordinary book, full of love and loss, violence and power, sex and drugs, depression and desperation, but also plenty of hope, is more relevant than ever.
"Synopsis" by , Celebrated social commentator Kunstler's previous works have explored the age of globalization and mankind's explosive progress and their resulting dire consequences. His latest book is a work of sobering speculative fiction that brings to life what America might be, a few decades in the future.
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