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The Dog Stars - Peter Heller
The Dog Stars
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“Leave it to Peter Heller to imagine a postapocalyptic world that contains as much loveliness as it does devastation. His hero, Hig, flies a 1956 Cessna (his dog as copilot) around what was once Colorado, chasing all the same things we chase in these pre-annihilation days: love, friendship, the... show more
“Leave it to Peter Heller to imagine a postapocalyptic world that contains as much loveliness as it does devastation. His hero, Hig, flies a 1956 Cessna (his dog as copilot) around what was once Colorado, chasing all the same things we chase in these pre-annihilation days: love, friendship, the solace of the natural world, and the chance to perform some small kindness. The Dog Stars is a wholly compelling and deeply engaging debut.” —Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted A riveting, powerful novel about a pilot living in a world filled with loss—and what he is willing to risk to rediscover, against all odds, connection, love, and grace.Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life—something like his old life—exists beyond the airport. Risking everything, he flies past his point of no return—not enough fuel to get him home—following the trail of the static-broken voice on the radio. But what he encounters and what he must face—in the people he meets, and in himself—is both better and worse than anything he could have hoped for.Narrated by a man who is part warrior and part dreamer, a hunter with a great shot and a heart that refuses to harden, The Dog Stars is both savagely funny and achingly sad, a breathtaking story about what it means to be human.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780307959942 (0307959945)
Publisher: Knopf
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
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Rod Raglin
Rod Raglin rated it
3.0 Dystopia taken to a literary level
In Peter Heller’s novel, Dog Stars, society has collapsed and the world as we know it has ended. Global warming is changing the environment and a virulent new strain of flu has decimated mankind. In the midst of the devastation a symbiotic relationship is formed between hardcore Bangley - a shoot ...
sarah
sarah rated it
5.0 Peter Heller: The Dog Stars
I have read some terrific books lately, but The Dog Stars might be my favourite. It's definitely in my top 10 of all time. Heller is also a poet, and his writing is both lyrical and succinct. Hig, having escaped a continent-wide fatal disease, now live with a tough, emotionally-stunted survivor na...
Listening to the Silence
Listening to the Silence rated it
5.0 The Dog Stars
In a post-apocolyptic world where most of the population has been wiped out by disease and life is a kill or be killed prospect Hig lives at an airplane hanger east of what used to be Denver. He shares his home with his dog Jasper, a gun-toting sharpshooter named Bangley, and his memories. A pilot, ...
Chris' Eclectic Book Reviews
Chris' Eclectic Book Reviews rated it
5.0
I listened to this one on audiobook and that probably was the way to do it. I read a few reviews in advance and noted that one reviewer found the language usage and syntax jarring and unsettling to the point that it detracted from their enjoyment of the book. In listening, I can see that because t...
Po drugiej stronie lustra
Po drugiej stronie lustra rated it
3.0
„Byłem muszlą. Pustą. Przyłóż mnie do ucha, a usłyszysz daleki szum wymarłego oceanu.”Opowieść o pozostaniu sobą w świecie, który został pozbawiony dawnych zasad i walce człowieka z samotnością.Więcej na:http://czytamjestempodrugiejstronielustra.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/peter-heller-gwiazdozbior-psa...
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