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Pre-publication Review of “A History of the Future”

T he third installment of the World Made by Hand series will be published in August.

This is a review from Booklist, a trade publication for the book selling industry.
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 A History of the Future – Kunstler, James Howard (Author)?Aug 2014. 352 p. Atlantic Monthly, hardcover, $24. (9780802122520)

Kunstler’s post-economic-collapse and postdigital A World Made by Hand series continues with increasing literary finesse in the third installment, following The Witch of Hebron (2010). In the slowly recovering upstate New York town of Union Grove, people relearn old skills as they produce their own food and libations, make music, restore old buildings, and use candles and wood-burning stoves and horses and mules. Kunstler, who overtly articulates his postoil vision in his nonfiction (Too Much Magic, 2013), revels in this back-to-basics way of life, particularly as practiced by Andrew, formerly a “dandy” in New York publishing and a painter (as is Kunstler). But Kunstler also charts inevitable conflicts. As Christmas approaches, a woman commits two shocking murders, and a feudal landowner goes head-to-head with the mystically empowered Brother Jobe. All the while, the mayor longs for the return of his son, Daniel, who set out to discover the fate of the rest of America. It turns out that a second civil war is underway as the white South rises again, calling itself the Foxfire Nation and worshiping its charismatic and ruthless leader, Loving Morrow, a former singer and TV evangelist. Kunstler skewers everything from kitsch to greed, prejudice, bloodshed, and brainwashing in this wily, funny, rip-roaring, and profoundly provocative page- turner, leaving no doubt that the prescriptive yet devilishly satiric A World Made by Hand series will continue.
— Donna Seaman

About James Howard Kunstler

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James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including (non-fiction) The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology and the Fate of the Nation. His novels include World Made By Hand, The Witch of Hebron, Maggie Darling — A Modern Romance, The Halloween Ball, an Embarrassment of Riches, and many others. He has published three novellas with Water Street Press: Manhattan Gothic, A Christmas Orphan, and The Flight of Mehetabel.

2 Responses to “Pre-publication Review of “A History of the Future”” Subscribe

  1. Neon Vincent July 7, 2014 at 4:35 pm #

    I found a resource for people interested in books like your “World Made by Hand” series, the post-apocalyptic book list.
    I posted the link in response to Greer’s post about the publication of “Star’s Reach” and suggested that it be added to the list. It worked; the book is now on the front page.

    I listed some other works on my blog that I noticed were conspicuously missing. I posted them, along with all of three of the books in the “World Made by Hand” series, as suggestions. With luck, they’ll all be on the front page with all the rest of the new additions.


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