World Made by Hand

World Made by Hand

eBook - 2009
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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.
Publisher: [United States] : Grove/Atlantic, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2009
ISBN: 9781555848378
1555848370
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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DouglasLowe
Dec 28, 2015

The first of 3 books (as of 2015) set in the near future of a US crumbling into disarray. Extremely creative but with almost no 'fantasy' element. Excellent characterization and a wonderful grasp of the 'old ways' of surviving. Doug Lowe

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sdburgler
Oct 22, 2015

I find this series engrossing. James Kunstler does a great job of setting you in this small New York town and witnessing it's rebirth. I found myself wondering 'what would I do' time and time again.

WVMLStaffPicks Oct 26, 2014

An unusual post-apocalyptic novel where the disaster has happened several years before the story starts. The book is set in a small northern New York town where the people must figure out how to live in a world without electricity or what used to be common things such as coffee, lemons, and cars, a world with a much smaller population. As the jacket says, "The future is not what you expect. But it is not necessarily something to fear."

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tserofin
May 27, 2013

I couldn't put this book down. The few flaws I could identify (such as women consigned to the kitchen and none in positions of authority) were more than made up for by the rich descriptions of people learning to live and thrive in a post-apocalyptic world.

BPLNextBestAdults May 30, 2011

In "The World Made By Hand" by James Howard Kunstler, the reader is painted a detailed portrait of life in post-WW III upstate New York, and the gritty consequences that the breakdown of the government and the economy would have on everyday domestic living. What would society look like without the modern economic infrastructure upon which we rely: government, order, electricity, gas, oil, plastic...?

The future, as Kunstler sees it, is one of violence and lawlessness, though salvageable through faith and hope. While all might not be completely lost, his world is grim enough to make us seriously consider how we would get by in a world made by hand.

Highly recommended for fans of Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" or Margaret Atwood's "Oryx and Crake".

For your consideration: violent descriptions.

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Nov 17, 2014

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