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The Old Man and the Wasteland by Nick Cole
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In the same way that Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea" is an allegory of the Christ story, "The Old Man and the Wasteland" struck me as an allegory of the Moses story. There is certainly a desert, there are The People, there are many references to "40 years", and in a great sense, there is a Promised Land, both literally [spoiler](Fort Tucson)[/spoiler] and figuratively (redemption). There even seemed to be commandments written in stone, in a manner of speaking.

In the epilogue, there also seemed to be a reference to Egypt, or at least it evoked a feeling of an Egyptian tomb.



Nick Cole has created both an engaging post-apocalyptic story, a worthy homage to Hemingway, and a work of art.
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