World Made by Hand

World Made by Hand

Downloadable Audiobook - 2010
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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. The electricity has flickered out. The automobile age is over. In Union Grove, a little town in upstate New York, the future is nothing like people thought it would be. Life is hard and close to the bone. 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. The townspeople's 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. This is the story of Robert Earle and his fellow townspeople and what happens to them one summer in a country that has changed profoundly. A powerful tale of love, loss, violence, and desperation, World Made by Hand is also lyrical and tender, a surprising story of a new America struggling to be born-a story more relevant now than ever.
Publisher: [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2010
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781481587556
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (9hr., 40 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Meskimen, Jim
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Aug 09, 2018

I liked this book and found it engaging enough to read the second in the series and now ordering the third. The "religious" content is really more in the line of the supernatural and seems fitting in a fantasy novel. The characters are believable as is the state of the country after its political collapse. Particularly interesting is how people find ways to replace what once was easily at hand such as matches and medicines. Worth a read!

Nov 07, 2015

I like the premise but not the delivery. The narrator was good. For me it was a bit juvenile, lacking adult imagination. Lots of religious stuff (for lack of a better description.) I can see that communities would be isolated from others & learn to make do, lawlessness would abound. Far North is much more believable & engaging.


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