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Far North (2009)

by Marcel Theroux

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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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    Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines (New Society Publishers) by Richard Heinberg (mendhamt)
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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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    Drop City by T. C. Boyle (booklove2)
    booklove2: Cecil Harder and Pamela from Drop City are similar characters to Makepeace.
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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 |
a very beautiful, bleak and rather instructional (in a probable dystopian future) book. ( )
  muskurov | May 1, 2016 |
Makepeace's family originally moved to a settlement in Siberia to remove themselves from the modern world. But now, due to climate change, modern civilization has collapsed, and Makepeace patrols the frontier alone, where the greatest danger is from other people.

This was a simply written book, but the narrator has such a unique voice that I found it very compelling. Essentially, this story is a Western. Even though the setting is unusual, it is still the wild frontier, and Makepeace's guns are her most important possession. Makepeace herself is a self-appointed sheriff who patrols her deserted town and tries to deny her loneliness and her longing for some sign that civilization has not broken down completely. When she gets that sign--a plane crashing in the woods nearby as she is on the verge of committing suicide--she leaves her home and embarks on a journey, but where she ends up is entirely unexpected. Makepeace is a subtle and fascinating character, marked by lye burns on her face, androgynous, self-reliant, so closed that even in her own narrative she doesn't reveal everything about herself, at least not directly. This book is a musing on the world that humankind is making, whether such a world is inevitable, and how it might be salvaged. Despite its bleakness, I found it quite beautiful. ( )
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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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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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