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World Made by Hand

Kunstler, James Howard

(Book - 2008)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
World Made by Hand
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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: 0871139782
9780871139788
Branch Call Number: FICTION KUNSTLER
Characteristics: 317 p. ;,22 cm

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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.


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Oct 26, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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
  • tserofin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Aug 05, 2012
  • emilyplays rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Tells of rebuilding life as a non-industrial society after global crashes of infrastructure. Some interesting dynamics are explored, but the characters seem structured on cliches.

May 30, 2011
  • BPLNextBestAdults rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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