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Far North (2009)

by Marcel Theroux

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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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    The Road by Cormac McCarthy (klarusu)
    klarusu: Far North is less harrowing than The Road but equally thought provoking
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    Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (booklove2)
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    The Ice People by Maggie Gee (imyril)
    imyril: Although very different, each novel envisions a near future in which civilisation has broken down following rapid climate change. The Ice People focuses on the breakdown of traditional relationships; Far North rejects traditional gender roles with its androgynous protagonist. Far North is more rounded apocalyptic fiction; Ice People is perhaps best tagged as gender apocalypse.… (more)
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    Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines by Richard Heinberg (mendhamt)
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    Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton (sturlington)
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    Drop City by T. C. Boyle (booklove2)
    booklove2: Cecil Harder and Pamela from Drop City are similar characters to Makepeace.
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    The Republic of Trees by Sam Taylor (kehs)
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    Cold Earth by Sarah Moss (kehs)
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A powerful, compelling read for me. Recommended to read in the dark days of winter. ( )
  caimanjosh | Dec 20, 2020 |
Really enjoyed this book. Loved Makepeace. ( )
  nick4998 | Oct 31, 2020 |
Wow, a really good post-apocalyptic cowboy novel. Yes, you read that correctly. Coherent in style and content even if the intellectual concept is not. Contains the essential elements of all these tropes, the wild brutality of the post apocalypse, the mythical history of the gone world and the simple morals of the cowboy. All woven together with such skill that it soon takes shape in your head as a post-apocalyptic cowboy story.

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  Ken-Me-Old-Mate | Sep 24, 2020 |
I liked the book but the last chapter ruined it. Seems like the last chapter was added to an unfinished book by someone else just to get it over with and get the book sold. ( )
  dahoon | Mar 26, 2020 |
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 |
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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.
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"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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