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Far North by Marcel Theroux

Far North (2009)

by Marcel Theroux

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A solid postapocalyptic novel, very readable, but with enough of its own spirit to stand out among many similar works. It has a memorable and likable protagonist: Makepeace, a strong-willed woman whose pragmatism is easy to envy. And it's a harsh book, often as bleak and violent as The Road; without too much romance, but made bearable by its heroine's spirit. ( )
  mrgan | Oct 30, 2017 |
Dark but relentlessly interesting post-apocalyptic fiction set in Siberia. Makepeace, a town's lone resident and a constable, rides the town's perimeter each day. One day a small plane crashes in the forest nearby, and buoyed by the possibility of civilization returning somewhere, Makepeace heads out on horseback to see whether there is any hope for the future, or if this solitary existence is truly a life lived at the end of everything. Makepeace is a character with enormous courage and spirit; the story is thoughtful and realistic, and disturbing in its portrait of humanity in extreme circumstances. Not for the faint of heart, but very rewarding. ( )
  auntmarge64 | Aug 28, 2017 |
Extremely tight, well plotted and thoughtful post-apocalypse novel. ( )
  mkunruh | Nov 13, 2016 |
Put glibly, it's Jeremiah Johnson meets The Road, but that's not fair: Makepeace is such a great character, and the book defies genre expectations in several places. I wanted it to go on longer, but fully understood the reasons why it couldn't. Elegantly written throughout. ( )
  scrapironjaw | Jul 24, 2016 |
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Deep into this unbearably sad yet often sublime novel, Makepeace says: “Everyone expects to be at the end of something. What no one expects is to be at the end of everything.” There’s nothing left to say after that — yet Makepeace keeps going, and the reader follows her, if not hopefully then in the hope that she will win out and that her life will have meaning to someone, somewhere.
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Every day I buckle on my guns and go out to patrol this dingy city.
"The world is a scaly old snake. She is a cunning old woman ... and the last human being that draws a breath on this planet will be a cunning old woman, who raises chickens and cabbages, has no illusions, and has outlived all her children."
It's habits that keep you straight when everything around you is falling apart.
By now I saw that I'd made myself as unwelcome as a juggler at a funeral.
There's plenty of things I'd like to unknow, but you can't fake innocence.
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Out on the far northern border of a failed state, Makepeace--sheriff and perhaps the last citizen--patrols the city ruins, salvaging books but keeping the guns in good repair.

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