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The Old Man and the Wasteland

by Nick Cole

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Part Hemingway, part Cormac McCarthy's The Road, a suspenseful odyssey into the dark heart of the post-apocalyptic American Southwest. Forty years after the destruction of civilization, human beings are reduced to salvaging the ruins of a broken world. One survivor's most prized possession is Hemingway's classic The Old Man and the Sea. With the words of the novel echoing across the wasteland, a living victim of the Nuclear Holocaust journeys into the unknown to break a curse. What follows is an incredible tale of grit and endurance. A lone traveler must survive the desert wilderness and mankind gone savage to discover the truth of Hemingway's classic tale of man versus nature. Now with a new introduction by author Nick Cole.… (more)
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The Old Man and the Wasteland by Nick Cole is a post-apocalyptic story that lured me in immediately. I love survivor stories and this one is a dandy! Written as an homage to The Old Man and the Sea, author Nick Cole has us follow an old man who has spent the 40 years since the nuclear exchange that brought about the downfall of America (and probably the rest of the world) as a salvager. After he made the mistake of bringing a radio that was radiated back to the village, he has been considered cursed. He decides to lift the curse by taking himself further into the wasteland than usual and bringing home something truly valuable to the village.

The main character is well developed and his story of redemption is moving. His journey leads him out into the wasteland desert that is south of Phoenix and west of Tucson. Phoenix was destroyed by the bombs, but the old man isn’t sure about Tucson. As he travels he encounters many adventures that have him fighting for his life. Tracked by a wolf pack, endangered by flash floods, and finally encountering a barbaric tribe, he uses his memory of the Hemingway book to guide him through.

The Old Man and the Wasteland was an excellent escape read for me. I loved the story and the character of the old man. Although the author paints a depressing picture of the future, it is not without the hope that mankind will someday rise above the savage level that exists in this story. This grim, introspective story will not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it suited me perfectly at this time. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Apr 28, 2022 |
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 |
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Part Hemingway, part Cormac McCarthy's The Road, a suspenseful odyssey into the dark heart of the post-apocalyptic American Southwest. Forty years after the destruction of civilization, human beings are reduced to salvaging the ruins of a broken world. One survivor's most prized possession is Hemingway's classic The Old Man and the Sea. With the words of the novel echoing across the wasteland, a living victim of the Nuclear Holocaust journeys into the unknown to break a curse. What follows is an incredible tale of grit and endurance. A lone traveler must survive the desert wilderness and mankind gone savage to discover the truth of Hemingway's classic tale of man versus nature. Now with a new introduction by author Nick Cole.

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