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This used to be America, this river crossing in the ten-month stretch of land, this sea-to-sea. It used to be the safest place on earth.
America as we know it has fragmented. Its machines have stopped, its communities have splintered, its history is virtually forgotten, and the great migration has started: eastwards, through the mountains and down the perilous Dreaming Highway, to ships rumoured to sail to a land of greater promise. Into this landscape stumbles Franklin, who has left his home only to find new ties in a pesthouse perched above a valley. Margaret, suffering the early stages of plague, has been carried up from Ferrytown to recuperate or die alone. When her village is destroyed, she and Franklin set out together, compelled to leave everything they love behind them.
The Pesthouse is realized with the flair, conviction and intensity for which Crace is admired all over the world. It imagines an America adapting to a future without technology, without science, without social cohesion; and it tells of how two people find strength in one another when the world as they know it is falling apart.
'A writer of hallucinatory skill' John Updike
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'A moving, lyrical novel.' -- Daily Telegraph
'Crace proves himself a fine stylist, sensitive to the cadence of every sentence he writes.' -- Financial Times
'Deserves to be a bestseller.' -- Independent
'Gripping, exciting and oddly romantic.' -- Daily Mail
'It is entirely compelling. The story is a gripping, harrowing
adventure tale and Crace's language is extraordinary.' -- New Statesman
'Jim Crace's originality is refreshing, his voice commanding.' -- TLS
'Utterly compelling.' -- Sunday Telegraph
'What impressed most, in this beautifully written novel, is the way that Crace makes the reader believe unquestionably' -- Spectator
'perfect prose.' -- Arena
‘The Pesthouse finds the author not just on his own best form, but arguably the best form any English writer has shown in the last couple of years’ Spectator A devastated America exists in an imagined future. Its technologies are forgotten, its communities have splintered and its refugees, reversing the course of history, travel eastwards in search of safety and a new start. Among them are Franklin and Margaret, young, bereft, forced together by circumstance; but finding that love, courage and determination can endure even as a country breaks slowly apart. ‘Evoking the cracked terrain of a depleted America, Crace proves himself a fine stylist, sensitive to the cadence of every sentence’ Financial Times ‘Entirely compelling. The story is a gripping, harrowing adventure tale and Crace’s language is extraordinary . . . The Pesthouse resonates like an unresolved chord’ New Statesman ‘Gripping, exciting and oddly romantic’ Daily Mail
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Book Description Picador, 2007. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0330445626 New in new dust jacket. 309 p. Seller Inventory # ALIBRIS.0004261
Book Description Picador, 2007. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. Fine UK first edition/first printing in fine, mylar-wrapped dust jacket. Unread copy. Signed by author on title page. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 000104
Book Description Picador, 2007. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: As new. 1st Edition. Fine condition.Picador,2007.First edition-first printing(1 3 5 7 9 8 6 4 2).Brown hardback(gilt lettering to the spine) with Dj(mark on the edge of the front Dj cover from a price sticker),both in fine condition.The book is new with two small nicks on the edges of the pages.309pp.Price un-clipped. Seller Inventory # 4120
Book Description Picador, London, 2007. Hard Cover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. A fine unread 1st impression in a fine dustwrapper, Signed by the Author on the title page. Signed by Author. Seller Inventory # 004663