World Made by Hand

World Made by Hand

Book - 2008
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In the wake of global catastrophes that have destroyed industrial civilization, the inhabitants of Union Grove, a small New York town, do anything they can to get by, as they struggle to deal with a new way of life over the course of an eventful summer.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780871139788
Branch Call Number: KUNSTLER
Characteristics: 317 p. ; 22 cm


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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

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."

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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