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The Pesthouse summary The Pesthouse, series The Pesthouse, book The Pesthouse, pdf The Pesthouse, The Pesthouse 0d09b4b69c Jim Crace Is A Writer Of Spectacular Originality And A Command Of Language That Moves A Reader Effortlessly Into The World Of His Imagination In The Pesthouse He Imagines An America Of The Future Where A Man And A Woman Trek Across A Devastated And Dangerous Landscape, Finding Strength In Each Other And An Unexpected Love Once The Safest, Most Prosperous Place On Earth, The United States Is Now A Lawless, Scantly Populated Wasteland The Machines Have Stopped The Government Has Collapsed Farmlands Lie Fallow And The Soil Is Contaminated By Toxins Across The Country, Families Have Packed Up Their Belongings To Travel Eastward Toward The One Hope Left Passage On A Ship To EuropeFranklin Lopez And His Brother, Jackson, Are Only Days Away From The Ocean When Franklin, Nearly Crippled By An Inflamed Knee, Is Forced To Stop In The Woods Near His Temporary Refuge, Franklin Comes Upon An Isolated Stone Building Inside He Finds Margaret, A Woman With A Deadly Infection And Confined To The Pesthouse To Sweat Out Her Fever Tentatively, The Two Join Forces And Make Their Way Through The Ruins Of Old America Confronted By Bandits Rounding Up Men For Slavery, Finding Refuge In The Ark, A Religious Community That Makes Bizarre Demands On Those They Shelter, Franklin And Margaret Find Their Wariness Of Each Other Replaced By Deep Trust And An Intimacy Neither One Has Ever Experienced Before The Pesthouse Is Jim Crace S Most Compelling Novel To Date Rich In Its Understanding Of America S History And Ethos, It Is A Paean To The Human Spirit


10 thoughts on “The Pesthouse

  1. says:

    if you have read the road, you don t really need to read this this was to be jim crace s third strike from me and i don t dislike jim crace, it s just i wasn t moved by either quarantine or being dead his style is not embracing it has the same detached, clinical style as hustvedt, which does not cuddle me, as a reader i need literary slankets that cover all my parts and transport me but leaving my arms free to wave about did i go on about slankets in another review i feel like i have they fascinate me he isn t a bad writer, by any stretch, this is just another example of Books That Aren t For Me it takes place in a blighted america, many generations removed from an unexplained event that destroyed everything what is left struggles to survive and find love and meaning and all the things people usually struggle to find in post apocalyptic fiction the best part is the quasi religious anti metal community that evolved around the helpless gentlemen, who are old men who do not use their hands because of their beliefs and live in an ark that supports pilgrims waiting for boats to take them to a better place, they expect these weak armed, metal shunning people were the most interesting characters in the book, but it was only an interlude in the story, unfortunately for some reason, they reminded me of a joke from electric company magazine when i was a tot where does admiral ackbar keep his armies huh wanna guess IN HIS SLEEEEEVIES oh, the tears of laughterso that s my review i think me and jim crace are over now like a junior high school boyfriend, i barely remember him.


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    Fascinating story but somehow the pace was slow Maybe it was because there is very little dialogue in the story It s all description and for me this meant that action was low and it was hard at points to keep my interest high Storyline reminded me of Cormac McCarthy Not a bad read at all, I just have the feeling that the result of this story could have been better exploited Three stars.


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    Mnogo volim da itam distopijske i postapokalipti ne romane, to su verovatno svi koji prate moje review e mogli da skontaju Neke romane D ima Krejsa odavno imam zahvaljuju i tome to itala ki mejnstrim u Srbiji nije prepoznao njegove kvalitete pa ih je Laguna prodavala po niskim cenama Tek nedavno mi je na listi romana za itanje sko io na prvo mesto njegov najpoznatiji roman Quarantine ili Iscelitelj Iako nije dobio punih pet zvezdica, taj roman me je osvestio da sam dugo ignorisao jednog od najintrigantnijih savremenih pisaca.The Pesthouse, na veliku alost onih koji itaju knji evnost u prevodu, nije jo preveden na srpski jezik Naru io sam ga sa bookdepository ja odmah nakon to sam pro itao sinopsis romana, jer mi se tematski u inio veoma interesantno Moram odmah da naglasim da ni u jednom momentu nisam po alio to sam to u inio Ovaj roman bi mogao komotno da se svrsta u najbolje romane vezane za svoju tematiku Glavni likovi su mu karac i ena, koji igrom slu aja uspevaju da pre ive jednu manju kataklizmu Iako stranci jedno drugom, poku avaju da zajedni kim snagama do u do obale, gde bi se ukrcali na brod i zauvek napustili opusto eno tlo zemlje koja im je nekad bila sve Na tom putu e gubiti jedno drugo, spa avati ivot jedno drugom, zatajiti neke stvari, ali i biti otvoreni za nova ose anja i nove izazove da bi ih kona no ivot doveo do krajnjeg ispita na kome e morati da utvrde da li e i gde nastaviti svoje ivote svako sam za sebe ili zajednoThe Pesthouse nije lak roman sama tematika onemogu ava da se i itava opu teno i nemarno Ono to bih izdvojio kao odli no su glavni likovi, setting i interesantna nova vera koju je Krejs stvorio Ima tu momenata koji li e na nezaobilazni The Road , ali gledano u celini, roman je totalno originalan Dok sam itao, palo mi je na pamet da je I iguro morao biti upoznat sa ovim romanom pre nego to se upustio u avanturu zvanu The Buried Giant jer oba romana imaju sli nu setnu i melanholi nu notu Ono to me je tokom itanja apsolutno odu evljavalo su, naravno, Krejsove neverovatno mo ne re enice Krejs je majstor svog zanata Obavezno ga treba upoznati


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    Jim Crace s second novel, The Gift Of Stones , was set in an unnamed village on the English coast at the twilight of the Neolithic period his eighth, The Pesthouse, moves far into the future, centuries after an unnamed natural disaster has ravaged most of North America.The event which apparently consisted of multiple seismic shifts has destroyed America s infrastructure and demolished her cities and factories, stripping the continent of its industries and technological advances and stripped the country from any remains of an administrative structure, leaving it without a government However, the event wasn t fatal although a disease known as the flux has emerged, the soil is still arable and fertile, the water is clean, and birthrate is normal Instead of demolishing America, the catastrophe has made society regress hundreds of years back into its colonial past, not unlike it was in the seventeenth century a world full of small, fragmented communities, formed by peasants and craftsmen grow their own food and trade their wares with others Scientific development has basically vanished, and hunters, nomads and religious cults abound in this world, while the debris fields of destroyed buildings and industrial machines loom in the distance as remains of the past that nobody remembers and few could imagine.Although society is able to survive on some basic level, people are leaving en masse and heading eastward across the ruined land, where they hope to board ships sailing across the ocean to Europe and or Asia, which they presume were untouched by the disaster and where they hope to find a better life Two brother emigrants, Jason and Franklin Lopes, arrive at the settlement of Ferrytown, just two weeks from the coast However, just before entering the town, Franklin hobbles his knee and cannot go on he has to rest in a nearby forest, while his brother goes to Ferrytown alone to get supplies Deciding to stay the night, he will be among hundreds killed by a tragic natural disaster leaving Franklin as one of only two survivors The other is a young woman, Margaret, who survived only because she was sick with the flux and quarantined in the Pesthouse, an isolated cabin high above the town Ineluctably, both characters meet, and decide to continue the journey together.My low rating of The Pesthouse does not reflect on Jim Crace s talent as a writer the book has his trademark quality, as do all of his works but is rather concerned with the subject choice There have been hundreds upon hundreds of dystopian novels with a similar premise, and The Pesthouse to stand out among them Ordinarily, Jim Crace s writing is tight in rigorous in this case, Franklin and Margaret embark on an adventure which often feels pointlessly diverted and disengaging The few interesting portions and buried under those that feel like retreads of familiar tropes While I found the conclusion satisfying the journey there simply wasn t memorable Overall, a missed opportunity by a gifted author.


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    Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter.com Longtime followers of my creative projects know that in general I don t like publishing bad reviews that for the most part I see it as a waste of both my time and yours, in that I could be spending that time instead pointing out great artists you may have never heard of However, since one of the things this website is dedicated to is honest artistic criticism, I also feel it s important to acknowledge books that I found just too bad to bother finishing, as well as give you an idea of why I found them that bad to begin with Hence, this new series of short essays The Accused The Pesthouse, by Jim Crace How far I got 80 pages first third , plus the ending Crimes 1 Nakedly and shamelessly stealing concepts and plot points from Tatyana Tolstaya s far superior The Slynx, only in an American setting this time and without any of the humor or witty wordplay of the original.2 Positing a world where a nuclear holocaust for some reason causes the survivors to revert to a hokey Little House on the Prairie style vernacular and lifestyle And then Ma, she done told us about the Magic Steel Silos in the East, where they done say that the Wise Short Haired Ones once used to live, my Ma done told me Sheesh, Crace, enough 3 Creating the ultimate post apocalyptic wet dream for snotty east coast liberal intellectuals a United States where everything west of the Mississippi has become a series of heathen backwards rural villages, where the only civilization left is found on the Atlantic Seaboard of course , where the mouth breathing ultra religious Heartland swarm are causing their own destruction through superstition and a lack of education, and where ultimate salvation can only come by getting on a boat and sailing permanently to Europe of course.4 Being liked by John Updike Verdict Guilty Sentence Six months detention in the Midwest, to perhaps give the author an inkling of how not to horribly insult us And no, not at the Iowa Writers Workshop.


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    Whoathis book is a trip I never know what to think when someone says some else s prose is lyrical or hallucinogenic I only know that this guy is a darn good writer I m surprised and not surprised that this book received mixed reviews First off, there s that whole how can a Brit write about America thing Well pish tosh, what Mr Crace has written isn t just about America It could have been set in England Or Germany Substitute any technologically advanced culture It works Eco disaster Could happen Ancient collapsed highways Already happened in Britain Then there s the it isn t as good as his previous works argument I m just going to brush that one aside Yes Blatantly What is Good Incredibly dense prose that leads to a morally ambiguous or, preferably, dismal conclusion Message to Big Newspaper Reviewers a happy ending can be Good too And you wonder why the Big Newspapers are jettisoning Book Reviewers And now the truth can be known It isn t as good as his previous works because it ends happily and it follows a somewhat predictable path hmmmhappy endingform basedHoly Cow It s Genre Oh Mr Crace, how far you have fallen You have written a somewhat romantic post apocalyptic adventure tale Out Out of the Academic Halls of Those Who Know Best As you can see, I find most of the negative reviews to be bull crap Read the work for its own merits Apply your own standards Here are mine Does it hold my interest Are the characters well developed When scenery must be described is it done vividly Does the prose plod away or does it spring to life Would a 17 year old male or female with age appropriate reading skills be able to read it, be challenged by it, and understand it I m sure I have standards, but those are 5 of the ones I can think of A book that a holds my interest and b meets 2 of the other standards above is something I might read The Pesthouse meets all five and then some I was pulled into the dystopia and enjoyed it You may, too.


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    I thought Jim Crace s Being Dead was a phenomenally weird read read, chock o block with passages of eerie beauty and shivery meditations on mortality I don t think I liked it per se, but I could not get it out of my head I had never read anything quite like it at the time, and still haven t So I was super excited when his next novel, The Pesthouse came out, dealing as it does with material I m particularly fond of post apocalyptic wasteland America maybe it s because of growing up watching Rollerball and Logan s Run and Mad Max and Escape from New York and Night of the Comet and wait it for it, wait for it all you seventies babies THE DAY AFTER.The Pesthouse came out around the same time as The Road, unfortunately for Mr Crace, as the two books are somewhat similar, if not in tone, at least in subject Both concern themselves with post apocalyptic America, and both are road novels that center on two characters journeying across the charred remnants of our once great nation Neither novel cares much for the conventions of speculative fiction, and neither indulges much, if at all, in the details of their brave new worlds And both Crace and McCarthy are odd, highly cerebral stylists That s where the similarities end The Road is a much darker novel, preoccupied with notions of survival and filial love, written in a language that, while often vertiginously bizarre, is overall fairly spare The Pesthouse takes place in a somewhat gentler, agrarian America, several generations at least removed from the initial, unidentified disaster The two main characters navigate a romantic love relationship, and their journey isn t so much a matter of survival as it is a sort of reverse frontiering, an eastward migration to a whispered promised land And Crace pulls out all the punches with his language, which true to Being Dead, is highly lyrical and often loopy and embellished.But where Crace s strange distance and cold intellectualism really worked in Being Dead you needed a certain emotional separation from the characters and story at hand in order to spend 300 pages thinking in minutest detail about their decomposition here it did not serve the material at all The Pesthouse s narrative requires empathy from its readers to animate its pages, but the tone of the book is so neutral, so detached that it is difficult to muster much concern for the fates of its unfortunately dull protagonists I never really felt in my bones that there was anything real to lose for these people, that there was anything at stake, or that the losses they had already suffered were in fact, losses Finally, possibly most sadly, I never believed in their love or its necessity The only moments that shimmered for a blink with a sense of urgency or power centered on the relationship between the lead and her adopted baby a la The Road.


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    I was surprised to see a good amount of bad or so so reviews I enjoyed reading this Never heard of the author but would read him again.The story is post apocalyptic but feels like it takes place in medieval times.I was going to write a review, but find that I don t remember much of what happened at this point to do so.


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    Poor Jim Crace Almost every review I ve read of this book compares it to Cormac McCarthy s The Road, and I m going to do the same Can t help it They re both novels set in post apocalyptic America with two people struggling to get to the coast, and they both came out at about the same time too And to me, The Road was better It was just a brilliant novel, one of the best I ve read in years The Pesthouse was good, but suffers from the comparison.Whereas The Road is set within living memory of the mysterious disaster that destroyed civilisation, The Pesthouse is set long after The cities and highways of our present world have mostly disappeared, and the few remaining ruins are complete mysteries to the future inhabitants They look at the rusty hulks of sunken ships, for example, and think how stupid their ancestors must have been to try to sail something so heavy, which obviously sank before it left the shore.It s a story of return the futuristic America is reminiscent of the America of the past, and everyone is now migrating east towards the hope of sailing to foreign lands, a reversal of the great westward migration of the 19th century It s also a love story, as Franklin and Margaret travel together, surviving separation and all kinds of travails to keep pushing east With their families killed and with violence and depravity all around them, their love is about all they have to cling onto.Perhaps the reason I didn t love it as much as The Road was about the language Cormac McCarthy used a beautifully spare style, and I found it really mesmerising It was understated, allowing the horror of the situation to speak for itself Here there is description, emotion in the language, and it leaves less to the imagination Also the relationship between the boy and his father in The Road was touching and believable, whereas the relationship between Franklin and Margaret here feels a little predictable you know as soon as they meet that they re going to fall in love, and that even if they get separated in the vast expanse of America with no way to contact each other, they ll miraculously find each other again.I m making it sound as if I didn t like the book That s not true I liked it well enough, but it just didn t blow me away as The Road did there, I mentioned it again I don t regret reading it, but I wouldn t strongly recommend it to others.


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    This book was a nice addition to my post apocalypse shelf due to the fact that it was primarily a romance novel But not the harlequin type, fellas you won t lose any street cred for reading this one.The setting is many generations after an apocalyptic event that ruined most of North America Crace doesn t describe the nature of the apocalypse or when it happened I was guessing around 500 years prior , but these details don t matter The entire story could have taken place in potato famine Ireland and been little different Crace does indicate that it s been long enough for the remaining Americans to have forgotten the purpose of the giant, densely stacked and rotting buildings in forbidden areas and other modern remnants I thought it was new and interesting to hear the survivors attempt to explain the existence of endless, perfectly flat pathways wide enough to allow dozens of horses to travel abreast highways.Many survivors are attempting to travel east and find passage to Europe and promises of better land, a struggle that felt uniquely American to me This journey is the driving force behind the main two characters and their romance.The characters are natural, honest and naive Their romance is hesitant, fearful and hopeful The chemistry is very endearing If endearing is not your thing, though, there are plenty of slavers, religious zealots, bandits and wild dogs to keep your attention Crace found a good balance.If you d like to add to an existing post apocalypse collection, or to ease your way in to the genre with something a little less punishing than The Road, then The Pesthouse definitely needs to be on your to read list.


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