A History of the Future

A History of the Future

Book - 2014 | First edition.
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"Following the catastrophes of the twenty-first century--the pandemics, the environmental disaster, the end of oil, the ensuing chaos--people are doing whatever they can to get by and pursuing a simpler and sometimes happier existence. In little Union Grove, the townspeople are preparing for Christmas. Without the consumerist shopping frenzy that dogged the holidays of the previous age, the season has become a time to focus on family and loved ones. It is a stormy Christmas Eve when Robert Earle's son Daniel arrives back from his two years of sojourning throughout what is left of the United States. He collapses from exhaustion and illness, but as he recovers tells the story of the break-up of the nation into three uneasy independent regions and his journey into the dark heart of the New Foxfire Republic centered in Tennessee and led by the female evangelical despot, Loving Morrow. In the background, Union Grove has been shocked by the Christmas Eve double murder by a young mother, in the throes of illness, of her husband and infant son. Town magistrate Stephen Bullock is in a hanging mood" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, ©2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780802122520
0802122523
Branch Call Number: FIC KUNSTLE
Characteristics: 336 p. ; 22 cm.

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DouglasLowe
Dec 28, 2015

The third in a series. Do read in order. This is an amazing series with a broad range of characters and events. See my review of the first in the series. Doug Lowe

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StarGladiator
Mar 21, 2015

The Library Journal says: // It's not every novelist who regularly speaks at TED conferences . . \\ Thank the gods for that, otherwise we would be plagued with a bunch of neverending submediocrities. The really decent novelists must eschew those TED talks out of sheer decency!

MacGreenBear Nov 14, 2014

Although the book explores a little more about the America outside of Union Grove in parts of this book, I found the ones leading up to this one to be more compelling in general.
It's starting to seem that J.H. Kunstler is really just yearning for a simpler time rather than truly projecting the probable future.

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