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A Friend of the Earth by T.C. Boyle
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Dec 07, 08

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction

Imagine a near future in which weather patterns have gone completely haywire, most animal species have gone extinct, meat is a delicacy only for the very rich, the forests are almost completely gone, the world population has exploded, and a woman you once loved has come back into your like. That is the world that T.C. Boyle envisions. The protagonist has been an evironmental activist all of his life and saw his daughter die in service to the ecological movement. He lives out his young-old years as a caretaker to the exotic animal menagerie of a rocker who has taken an interest in trying top preserve what little bio-diversity remains. Bleak, stark, full of pent-up rage that man can be so stupid and short-sighted in pursuit of the almighty dollar. And just close enough to the truth to be really frightening.

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