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Things I liked about Davy:
First and foremost, the writing style of Davy was what sucked me in and kept me interested. Pangborn employs a style that makes me feel like I'm sitting down and listening to him talk. Davy's a character, that's for sure, both as a teen and as an adult. As I've mentioned in the past, I like my protagonists t ...more
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Davy (1964) is a wonderfully-written coming-of-age story set in a post-apocalyptic Northeastern United States 400 years after a brief nuclear exchange destroyed high-tech civilization, where life has become far more like the frontier days of the early US, with a scattered group of city-states dominated by the Holy Murcan Church. Far from what you might expect, it is a tale filled with humor, wisdom, and ch ...more
Davy is a post-apocalyptic novel set in a world that has reverted to something like the middle ages, but there is nothing dreary or hopeless about this book. The main charac ...more
It's a post-apocalyptic novel set some 250 years after a nuclear war.
Davy is the protagonist, writing a book from his advanced years of twenty-nine, discussing his life. Raised in an orphanage, not really an orphan(but taken from his prostitute mother so she wouldn't pollute him by the Holy Murcan Church), he was bonded out at nine to a tavern owner. An ...more
'Rain lulls you out of alertness like someone talking on and on, explaining too much.'
'We went on making plans. It seems to be a human necessity, a way of writing your name on a blank wall that may not ...more
Recommended for: Anyone who loves dystopia / post-apocalyptic, but is finding the genre tropes getting a bit old.
Not recommended for: If you don't like the vernacular style writing, this would be very hard going. Ditto if you like a more linear story.
It is amazing how well elaborated Edgar Pangborn's new world is. From the way language has changed to the details of how societies and churches might evolve. His characters are very well developed and believable. We follow Davy, a young boy for a few years into his grown up life. Pangborn tells the reader in the first chapter what will happen and so the whole book ...more
It's been a long time since I last read it, but Davy was adventurous, and, for a 9 year old, not exactly age appropriate in parts, ...more
Whilst it is a tad hard to understand (due to the degeneration of the English language in the novels world)), Edgar Pangborn, in my opinion, created an unknown masterpiece that not only pushed the boundaries of moral and religious acceptability. But also created a wonderfully rich and unusual ...more
The ending felt kind of anti-climactic as I recall. Like it just sort-of wandered away than really gave a satisfying resolution. I might have given it a five if it weren't for that and the occasional preachiness.
Don't know what I would think now, for the whole post-apocalyptic thing has been done over and over and over. But when it came out, it was fresh. It was also one of the rare sci-fi books of its day--the characters were not neutered.