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New Meetup: November's Post-Apocalyptic Discussion: Earth Abides

From: Peter
Sent on: Thursday, October 22, 2009 5:47 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Freebird Brooklyn Post-Apocalyptic Book Club Meetup!

What: November's Post-Apocalyptic Discussion: Earth Abides

When: November 19,[masked]:30 PM

Where:
Freebird Books
123 Columbia St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Written at the beginning of the Cold War but not necessarily the product of it, Earth Abides tells the story of a California biologist who awakes to find the world's population nearly eradicated by a mysterious virus. His quest to rebuild society from the detritus of civilization drives the novel forward.

In a reassessment in the Boston Globe, novelist James Sallis said of Earth Abides: 'This is a book, mind you, that I'd place not only among the greatest science fiction but among our very best novels. Each time I read it, I'm profoundly affected, affected in a way only the greatest art ? Ulysses, Matisse or Beethoven symphonies, say ? affects me. Epic in sweep, centering on the person of Isherwood Williams, Earth Abides proves a kind of antihistory, relating the story of humankind backwards, from ever-more-abstract civilization to stone-age primitivism. Everything passes ? everything. Writers' reputations. The ripe experience of a book in which we find ourselves immersed. Star systems, worlds, states, individual lives. Humankind. Few of us get to read our own eulogies, but here is mankind's. Making Earth Abides a novel for which words like elegiac and transcendent come easily to mind, a novel bearing, in critic Adam-Troy Castro's words, "a great dark beauty."'

Learn more here:
http://bookclub.meetup.com/1212/calendar/11688372/

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