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ISBN: 0385662645 / ISBN-13: 9780385662642

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 (Anchor Canada) – Trade paperback (2008)
    by Jim Crace

    The Pesthouse

    Trade paperback, Anchor Canada
    272 pages

    ISBN: 0385662645
    ISBN-13: 9780385662642

    During the years of America's ascendancy, the great ships brought waves of immigrants to the promised land. In sight of the Statute of Liberty, the huddled masses disembarked in search of the American dream. In the imagined future, the great ships play a different role. In a work of outstanding originality, Jim Crace's The Pesthouse envisions a future America in ruins and a reversal of history: desperate Americans seeking passage to the promised land of Europe. Crace's future United States is a lawless wasteland. The ... 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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