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The Time of Quarantine
by Katharine Haake (Goodreads Author)
Fiction. Lyrical, provocative, and deeply haunting, THE TIME OF QUARANTINE, takes us into a near-distant future of post-human environmental collapse to chronicle the tale of a boy raised alone in the woods by computers at the end of the world or is it? As the sole surviving member of an ill-fated Intentional Community designed to escape world's end plagues and convinced he ...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published March 31st 2012 by What Books Press
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Katharine Haake's work is frighteningly original, but more than that, it's feminine fiction so generous in its conception and execution that one can (and does) forget that there ever could be, in the hands of a lesser author, even a scintilla of exclusivity or a nod toward an agenda. I savored in wonder Haake's sentences, often several times, asking myself: How does she do that? I will defer to the words of Anthony Burgess when describing what seems to be Haake's process: "And the words slide in ...more
Post-apocalyptic California, in a world where some people are part computer, reality is questioned as dreams and memory are created, occasionally for purposes of deceit, occasionally for purposes of learning how to live and survive, sometimes alone, and sometimes with others. This book is surreal, mythic, and difficult, but the lyrical elements make sentences that beg to be read out loud, sometimes as lament, sometimes as hymn. They ask the reader to linger, to be patient. This book is not a qui ...more