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ISBN: 0330456903 / ISBN-13: 9780330456906

The Pesthouse


This used to be America, this river crossing in the ten-month stretch of land, this sea-to-sea. It used to be the safest place on earth. America as ... Show synopsis

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  • The Pesthouse (Picador USA) – Trade paperback (2008)
    by Jim Crace

    The Pesthouse

    Trade paperback, Picador USA
    320 pages

    ISBN: 0330456903
    ISBN-13: 9780330456906

    '"The Pesthouse" finds the author not just on his own best form, but arguably the best form any English writer has shown in the last couple of years' - "Spectator". A devastated America exists in an imagined future. Its technologies are forgotten, its communities have splintered and its refugees, reversing the course of history, travel eastwards in search of safety and a new start. Among them are Franklin and Margaret, young, bereft, forced together by circumstance; but finding that love, courage and determination can ... Show more

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Overall customer rating: 4.000

What if America went away?

by IowaGirl on Sep 27, 2007

If there are days when you think the world might be better off if America went away and we could start over fresh--this book is a cautionary tale. Although there are vague references to a plague-type disease and radioactive/chemical deathly clouds responsible for the demise of life as we know it, this story is far in the future where society has deteriorated to a hunter-gatherer/agrarian day-to-day existence without rules, government, courts, or technology; stability is a thing of the past and vulnerability is a constant. The story follows the lives of two main characters who struggle to survive lawlessness, chaos, and anarchy and retain their hope for the future as well as their humanity. This is a good book.

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