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The Pesthouse by Jim Crace
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Jul 22, 07

bookshelves: done-n-read
Read in July, 2007

Meh. Not so great. Not really worth the read, in my opinion. It's the story of a man and a woman during some unexplained post-apocolyptic future America who are journeying to the ocean in hopes of getting on a boat to Europe, which has now become the destination of choice for all hopeless Americans. Take away the artifice of the post-apocalyptic setting and the story is really a rather shallow and uninspired story that has been done time and again by better authors. I felt like the author never fully embraced his story or characters, and skirted around or glossed over potentially meaningful threads like survival ethics, the human spirit, and the idea of love being both fragile and a source of great strength. There's no real plot or depth the set this particular story apart from all the other similar stories. (It's unavoidable to compare Pesthouse to The Road, by Cormac McCarthy. And The Road wins hands down.)Ultimately, I was disappointed and unimpressed.
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