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The Wild Shore by Kim Stanley Robinson
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Jan 08, 2012

bookshelves: california, apocalyptica, anarchism

Less impressive than many of his later efforts, but still a convincing depiction of human relations and a lyrical description of coastal ecology (though the latter is unconvincingly flourishing sixty years after the detonation of 2000 nuclear warheads in the US!). There is some pointed pontificating on the ambiguous legacy of America and debate over decentralization versus federation, but the novel is marred by anti-Japanese sentiment: considering Robinson's progressive credentials, I was drop-jawed to see him describe the "devilish" features of a Japanese naval officer as he "jabbered" "gibberish" with his crew (133-134). I kept expecting Robinson to make humanizing the Japanese a plot twist but he never does.

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