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The Old Man and the Wasteland by Nick Cole

The Old Man and the Wasteland

by Nick Cole

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Slow but almost compelling is this post apocalypse story of an old man salvaging for his family. His travels through the Tuscon area bring him into many dangerous situations but he finally wins through and gets the fish in the boat. ( )
  jamespurcell | Aug 2, 2015 |
The Old Man and the Wasteland by Nick Cole – This short post-apocalyptic novel takes place some forty-years after the nuclear destruction of the cities in the US. People survive by salvaging through the wasteland. One old man begins a salvaging hike in the baron Arizona wasteland to prove he can still contribute to his small band of survivors. He forages through desert wilderness and abandoned cities while struggling to survive the climate, wild beasts and murderous savages. The old man is a big fan of Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, which he mentions often during his difficult and dangerous trek, and this ingenious story is analogous to Hemingway’s novel. This wonderful book is thought-provoking, inspiring and alarming, but also very satisfying. I will undoubtedly read the other books in this series. ( )
  clark.hallman | Mar 21, 2015 |
I really liked this book. I'm a sucker for post-apocalyptic stories, and this fit the bill nicely! It is a short read (it took me an afternoon of reading) but it felt like a good length. Not too short or too long.

This is the story of an old man going into the desert wasteland in search of something salvageable for his village. That's it in a nut shell. Although the story is simple it is told in such a good way that I never felt cheated out of any story.

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  Sarah_Buckley | Jan 3, 2014 |
Il romanzo è un omaggio - e lo si vede già dal titolo - al ben più noto romanzo di Hemingway.
Il protagonista, qui senza nome, non intraprende un viaggio nell'oceano ma tra i detriti lasciati dall'ultima guerra.
Per certi versi i temi trattati sono simili a quelli di "The road", anche se il romanzo di McCarthy supera questo nell'incisività della narrazione.
Purtroppo il voler rendere omaggio a romanzi di indubbio spessore è una limitazione; come quelli che ricopiano i quadri famosi: possono essere bravissimi, però l'idea originale era di un altro. ( )
  Saretta.L | Mar 31, 2013 |

Have you ever heard the term Slow Burn? If you haven't, basically it means a steadily penetrating show of anger or contempt. This book is a slow burn. I wanted to like it, I did but the more the pages went on the more disgusted I became. Yet, I went against my better judgement and kept reading. On and on the slow and painful build up went. I kept thinking is something significant going to happen now? What about now? Then to my surprise it's like a light went on and all that built up frustration, annoyance, and anger clicked together. My mind wasn't blown but I did see what the writer was trying to achieve even if the execution failed to impress.

If you haven't noticed, The Old Man and the Wasteland is based on The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway. In the book the main character even has a copy that he salvaged on one of his wasteland expeditions. I haven't read The Old Man and the Sea since High School and that was quite a bit ago so needless to say I didn't remember it much. Course if I had, I might of known what type of book I was setting out to read and avoided it in the first place. Anyway that is rather here nor there moving on...

Let's talk about some of the technical points of the story.

The Writing- Even though I don't remember The Old Man and the Sea the writing still felt very Hemmingway. Is that a good thing though? I say no. Listen, Hemmingway was a brilliant writer but I felt that Nick Cole was trying to imitate him a bit to much losing himself in the process. In places I even had to go back and reread whole sections because parts didn't make sense which leads me back to this being a slow burn type of read.

World Building- OK, I will give the Author some credit I actually enjoyed the world building. We get to see some nice glimpses of the before time as well as moments that took place as the disaster was happening. Overall I'd say these scenes were by far my favorite so much that it actually disappoints me that the author chose to write the book he did instead of a unique apocalyptic tale all his own.

Now I know I sound like I downright hated this book and to tell you the truth at times I did but I can see glimpses of greatness in between the lines and that spurred me on. One of my favorite scenes takes place between the old man and a "blind" hotel owner. I won't give it away but the scene is great and had some nice twists that broke up the the monotony of the scenes before it.

Overall, Would I recommend this book? Yes, but I'd really stress borrowing before buying. You might like it, heck you might even love it, I however wouldn't feel right saying to go buy this book knowing how much I struggled with it. In the the end I did like The Old Man and the Wasteland but it felt like it took to long for me to come to that realization. The above mentioned combined with the overall choppiness in parts causing me to go back and reread whole sections leaves me rating The Old Man and the Wasteland by Nick Cole ★★★. It wasn't bad, it wasn't great, it just sort of exists and sometimes that's the worst book of them all.

*Reviewed through Edelweiss. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way for them. ( )
  Hermyoni | Feb 19, 2013 |
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"Forty years after the destruction of civilization ... man is reduced to salvaging the ruins of a broken world. One man's most prized possession is Hemingway's classic "The old man and the sea'. With the words of the novel echoing across the wasteland, the survivor of a nuclear holocaust journeys into the unknown to break a curse."--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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