The Witch of Hebron
Already a renowned social commentator and a best-selling novelist and nonfiction writer, James Howard Kunstler has recently attained even greater prominence in the global conversation about energy and the environment. In the sequel to his novel, World Made by Hand, Kunstler expands on his vision... show more
Already a renowned social commentator and a best-selling novelist and nonfiction writer, James Howard Kunstler has recently attained even greater prominence in the global conversation about energy and the environment. In the sequel to his novel, World Made by Hand, Kunstler expands on his vision of a post-oil society with a new novel about an America in which the electricity has flickered off, the Internet is a distant memory, and the government is little more than a rumor. In the tiny hamlet of Union Grove, New York, travel is horse-drawn and farming is back at the center of life. But it’s no pastoral haven. Wars are fought over dwindling resources and illness is a constant presence. Bandits roam the countryside, preying on the weak. And a sinister cult threatens to shatter Union Grove’s fragile stability.In a book that is both shocking yet eerily convincing, Kunstler seamlessly weaves hot-button issues such as the decline of oil and the perils of climate change into a compelling narrative of violence, religious hysteria, innocence lost, and love found.
Publish date: September 7th 2010
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Speculative Fiction
, Post Apocalyptic
Series: World Made by Hand (#2)
The Witch of Hebron is a little like Little House on the Prairie meets the world of Mad Max. It's part two, picking up where part one left off, but it is also a stand-alone. You got the same characters from the first story- Robert Earle, a carpenter turned mayor, Loren Holder, a minister who has los...
The greatest value of this book (and its prequel, World Made by Hand), is the world it describes. That world is the community of Union Grove in the northeastern (former) US after the collapse of industrial civilization. What that collapse entails can be gleaned from Kunstler's nonfiction book, The L...
While the characters and plot had promise, the effect of the novel felt very hollow to me. I can only point to the prose itself, where phrases were coined from cerebral rather than visual or emotional words. Some moments were evident where the writer tried to be writer-ly, which threw a wet blanket ...
I really enjoyed this book, even more than I enjoyed the first book, World Made By Hand. I liked the character of Jasper as he developed through the book and the descriptions of food left my mouth watering. while you only get to glimpse on small slice of this very changed world, that is realistic to...
Absolutely LOVED both this and World Made by Hand. They're sort of post-apocalyptic/literary novels sprinkled with a healthy dose of magical realism. I picked up the books because someone compared my debut novel, Ashfall, to them. Now that I've read Kunstler, I know just how flattering that comparis...