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The End Is Near

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"It was all for nothing. There's nothing to say." On his forty-fifth birthday, as his hostages dozed fitfully and state police prepared to take him by force, Nathan Huffnagle penned nine last words into a journal recounting a remarkable week's worth of events. Then he placed the cold steel circle of a shotgun barrel beneath his chin, gripped the trigger, and pulled. And hi ...more
Paperback, 364 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Ebb Press LLC
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Jeannie Walker
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Nathan Huffnagle lies in a hospital bed. To his surprise and possible dismay, he has strange visitors from another world. I personally know about angels - both angels of death and Heavenly angels- for both have visited me. For sure, dear reader - time is short on this earth for all of us. We never know when our life will turn on a dime...
In the End is Near, Nathan winds up in the hospital from a gunshot wound, he is holding hostages at gunpoint in the stockroom of an automobile shop. It is then
Sandra Hutchison
What a great book. It's a bit daunting at first, given the hero's situation (not the prose -- it's excellent -- sharp, funny, and very readable, making this a literary novel that is not obnoxiously so). The narrative structure, with its three threads ultimately converging, is brilliant. This is really good, darkly comic writing that is not the least bit pretentious. I particularly enjoyed the little send-ups of ad writing and television coverage, but the heart of this book lies in watching the m ...more
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The End Is Near is a work of literary fiction focusing on the sad-sack character of Nathan Huffnagle -- his tragic past, his weird present, and his mysterious and possibly very short future. The novel opens with Nathan in the hospital. He's landed there following a botched attempt at suicide by shotgun. Left without the lower part of his face, Nathan has been reduced to writing down everything he wants to say. If this sounds macabre, it is, but that's not the novel's only mood. At turns appallin ...more
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When I turned the last page and finished The End Is Near by Harry Ramble, I had to sit for a moment and contemplate -- the novel, its poignant revelations, and life in general. It's that kind of book. You don't finish this one and blithely move on to your next adventure in prose. It sticks with you as you stand at the stove making dinner, creeps into your thoughts as you brush your teeth the next morning.

As the story begins you meet Nathan Huffnagle, and Nathan has screwed up -- his own suicide,
Alice Yeh
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
At the ripe middling age of forty-five, Nathan Huffnagle completed a body of work he termed to be his "suicide journal," and while his hostages slept on, he slid the muzzle of a rifle beneath his chin. Moments later, he pulled the trigger. To his dismay, instead of death, he was greeted by apparitions who pushed him to fill in the blanks that his journal left behind. Just who was Nathan Huffnagle, and why was he holding hostages in the stockroom of a small auto shop? Let us find out.

When I first
Michele Collins
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Book Title: The End is Near
Author: Harry Ramble
Publisher: Ebb Press, LLC
ISBN: 9780981650227
Reviewed by Michele Tater for The Couch Tater Review

Hope is a necessity for normal life and the major weapon against the suicide impulse. ~ Karl A. Menninger

Nathan Huffnagle, a man in his forties, is just a plain unhappy person. He has never married, has no kids, and has the most boring of jobs. Nathan becomes sick and tired of this so-called life he has made for himself. After his mother dies he returns
Dana Burgess
Jul 11, 2011 rated it liked it
In 'The End is Near', the reader is tossed back and forth between Nathan Huffnagle's hospital bed and his suicide journal. That's right - suicide journal. You see, Nathan had too much to say to just leave a note. Sadly for Nathan, the whole suicide thing didn't really go so well.

In the first line, we are told "The first Angel of Death came to me on my seventh day here." I have to say, the Angels of Death were my favorite characters in the noel. I loved their down to earth attitude and the comic
Jul 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
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There are two kinds of books in the world: those that entertain, and those that teach you something.

Okay, I lied, although I daresay many people believe this. A constant theme that keeps popping up in my reviews is that books intended to entertain can also teach us something - if we let them. Depending on the book, we might learn about history, science, politics, geography, or many other subjects, but most often it is about the human condition, whether helping us better understand ourselves or o
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Harry Ramble is ongoing, unresolved. He used to come in here sometimes; I ain’t seen him around. He’s a ringing telephone in a vacant apartment. He’s the root of the problem. He’s the wide band of static at the top of the dial. Listen. Listen closely. There. Do you hear that?

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