World Made by Hand book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. For the townspeople of Union Grove, New York, the future is not. The critically acclaimed World Made by Hand, is an astonishing work of speculative fiction that brings to life what America might be, a few decades hence . World Made by Hand: A Novel. ID.: GA Category: USmix/Data/US Rating.: /5 From Reviews. James Howard Kunstler. *Download PDF.
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World Made by Hand is a dystopian novel by American author James Howard Kunstler, . Print/export. Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version. James Howard Kunstler's most recent social commentaries have pointed to mayhem — ranging from bad surburban planning to how the loss of. The World Jones Made PHILIP K. DICK ACE BOOKS, INC. Avenue of the Americas New York, N.Y. DESTINY WAS IN H.
This may be relevant to the fact that Union Grove is described as being spared much of the violence that took place everywhere else in the US. This group of roughly people seems to be armed with only a few pistols, and do not post any sort of security, whatsoever.
They also seem to be drunk or stoned most of the time. While reading the scenes involving this group, I'm thinking, "Just myself and one other military-trained individual could take out at their entire command structure, at the very least.
For instance, in one scene, the main character Robert Earle rides with the security element from the New Faith Brotherhood to rescue a boat crew held for ransom.
But for the most part Kunstler does not describe the rifles, pistols, the amount of ammunition, etc. Such descriptions would be important in order to visualize in any realistic sense what is happening in this novel.
I would highly recommend that Kunstler visit a gun show, being held at a major US city, for starters. At these shows I have talked to vendors and attendees.
It is not just the change in Excutive Branch: This book in particular, however, does not require a lot of technical detail, as it is a profoundly moving novel about a father and his son, struggling to survive as refugees, traveling on-foot in a dead, nuclear winter-type environment.
As I was reading this, I kept thinking of a good subtitle, such as The Road: Her technical references, along with references to some minor technological innovations primarily in personal entertainment are genius.
Her book, originally published in , was obviously well researched, as well as ahead of its time. Butler, an African American woman, was also well known for writing about slavery, tying it in with much of her science fiction. Her description of the inner mindsets of slaves and slaveholders is downright disturbing. Parable of the Sower realistically describes how slavery could re-manifest itself, in a dystopic American future. If you fit the current peak oil activist stereotype who has researched the subject well, who may also be a liberal progressive and possibly retirement age, having no basic knowledge of firearms, and few, if any hands-on preparedness skills, this book is probably for you, and anyone you would like to be educated on the subject of peak oil.
The future after a collapse may not resemble Little House on the Prairie at least not in every location. Further Reading Butler, Octavia.
Parable of the Sower. Four Walls Eight Windows Publishing. Dickson, Gordon.
Wolf and Iron. Tor Books. Kunstler, James Howard. The Long Emergency: Atlantic Monthly Press.
World Made by Hand. The Road. Vintage Books. Playboy Press. The weird thing to me is that this estate and the rednecks make sense, they are flourishing because of hardwork and ingenuity, and this shows in the book, even though the people who I'm guessing we are supposed to be rooting for are sort of a ineffectual middle-aged people whose survival baffles me.
The book isn't bad. But it's not really good either. Even if I leave aside all the disgust some of his rants fill me with and his seemingly hypocritical anti-science ramblings I still can't get too excited about this book. It's sort of one-dimensional, the characters are all fairly flat, the story is fairly predictable and the writing when it isn't being overly ranty and pedantic isn't that much better than your standard airplane sort of read.
That said, the book does throw a bit of a curve ball about three quarters of the way through, and it actually takes on a kind of interesting edge. It's like the author decided that maybe I need to have some actual story here and not just a bunch of middle-aged people eat food and play folk music. Then it actually starts to read like an actual post-society collapsing sort of novel, like the realities of what would probably happen finally forced themselves to into the pages of the book, although to be fair as in to not give too much praise they are done with a sort of liberal 'oh the horror!
Yeah, it's a gun, you live in a dangerous world maybe having some form of protection would be a good thing. As you can tell I didn't really like this book all that much.
The tranquility was pleasing, he tells us at the outset of his story, despite what it signified about what had happened to our society.
Of course, things don't remain tranquil for long. Earle soon finds himself a witness to a murder that the Union Grove inhabitants are almost wholly incapable of dealing with. He then takes a dangerous trip on horseback to search for some men who've gone missing in Albany, which Earle describes as having reverted to a frontier town.
The stakes rise ever higher when Earle's Union Grove friends elect him mayor, placing him in a world of pain. Things in Union Grove always seem to get worse before they improve, and society never returns to the heyday of yesterday.
But in the end, Kunstler's brilliant cautionary fiction convinces us that this brave new world, a world made by hand, just might prove as pleasing and unpredictable as our own.