Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The Pesthouseby Jim Crace

The Pesthouse is a story of love and circumstance set in a post-apocalyptic America. Cities, roads, and much of the Midwest and East Coast are destroyed, crops will not grow and mechanical objects such as cars are seen as relics, metallic sculptures scattered along the broken and destroyed roadways. Enter Franklin and Mags, they have an unlikely meeting and their fates are intertwined as they make their way to the coast, searching for a promiseland. The parallels between their journey and the tales told in Europe to those emigrating to America during the 1900s are haunting (they dream of European cities with streets paved with gold).

Type of story: Character Study, Love Story, alternate future

Wiki: mediocre, though this book is not so much about the setting as it is a tale of Franklin and Mags, together against an uncertain world

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