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The City, Not Long After | [Pat Murphy]

The City, Not Long After

The city is San Francisco. The not long after refers to a devastating worldwide plague that has wiped out most of the planet's population. The people who survive in San Francisco are mostly artists, hippies, and misfits who pull together a viable community and transform the city.
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Publisher's Summary

The city is San Francisco. The not long after refers to a devastating worldwide plague that has wiped out most of the planet's population. The people who survive in San Francisco are mostly artists, hippies, and misfits who pull together a viable community and transform the city. But when a military general determines to reunite the remnants of the once great United States and sets his sights on San Francisco, the people resist, figuring they have already discovered a better way of life, and stage an artistically creative kind of guerrilla warfare that becomes one of the oddest battles ever fought.

Selected by the New York Times as a Notable Book of 1989, The City, Not Long After is a superb human drama told through the eyes of unforgettable characters.

©1989 Pat Murphy; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"A sweet fable." (Publishers Weekly)
"Evokes a haunting vision of life after society's collapse, as art becomes magic and combines with the power of love to defeat the engines of war. Highly recommended." (Library Journal)

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    Julie Long Beach, CA, USA 07-21-06
    Julie Long Beach, CA, USA 07-21-06
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    "Reminded me why I love sci-fi!"

    I hadn't read any science-fiction in ages when I came across this novel. Having lived in the Bay Area for years, the setting lured me to this book, and I became submerged in the story so much that I often kept listening when I should have been doing other things. Good fiction makes you think, good sci-fi makes you wonder at the enormity of our future. With the path that America is now taking, this novel will challenge you with its vision of the dangerous path our country seem to be on. One of the best I have listened to from Audible.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Oakdale, CA, United States 08-10-06
    Diane Oakdale, CA, United States 08-10-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Almost"

    This book almost works for me - almost, but not quite. First let me say that I did enjoy the book enough to finish listening to it, but I doubt I would listen to it again. I have listened to other books by Pat Murphy and I like her writing style. That may be one of the reasons this book did not really work - I expected better things.

    I loved the surreal sense evoked by wandering through an almost empty San Francisco. I loved the colorful images in the book.

    Some of my problems with the book are nit-picky; I hated the name of one of the characters - "Danny-boy". It was just too cutsey for me. But the real reasons I did not like the book went deeper.

    I never connected with the lead character. She left me as empty of emotions as she seemed to be.

    Other characters were better. Infact other characters were introduced and fleshed out so that I wanted to spend more time with them, then they were dropped into the background as props.

    Subplots worked the same way. Interesting twists or directions came up, then just went away.

    And finally the ending - It lost me. I confess I didn't understand the point of it. Just as I didn't understand the point of the book. I don't really think books need a point if they are entertaining, but this one seemed to be trying to tell me something - a moral perhaps - but I never quite got it.

    Pat Murphy is a good writer and this book had some very good moments. As I said, the images she draws are wonderful, but I was left wanting something I never quite got.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Clyde Delray Beach, Fl 33445-6103 08-12-10
    Clyde Delray Beach, Fl 33445-6103 08-12-10 Member Since 2000

    498 ratings, 853 titles in library, 54 purchased in 2014, member since 2000.

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    "Gentle Armageddon."

    I'm a big Armageddon story fan. This one is unusual with its "Flower Child" beginning. Even the inevitable war with the power hungry faction has a gentle very low body count quality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert J. Stevens Lowell, MI USA 12-13-06
    Robert J. Stevens Lowell, MI USA 12-13-06 Member Since 2005
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    "strained"

    I tend to finish any book I start. This one was hard to do. The basic concept of the book seems to be that people are stupid. The military for fighting wars, the peace groups for grasping at ways to have peace, and the cast lives up to these ideas. In the end the peaceful kill and the militant don't. While hinted at, the "magic" refered to by the professional reviewers remains too fanciful to be a key component of the story and works for and against the main character.
    Overly simplistic without a decent story line. Save your cash and more importantly your time on this one.
    The narration is okay, but has a lot of high end (treble) that needs to be filtered out or toned down when played on something besides headphones.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Homer, AK 04-09-09
    Amazon Customer Homer, AK 04-09-09 Member Since 2003

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    "It stays with you."

    I listened to this book a couple of years ago. It was slow in some ways, but though provoking. It's stuck with me, not just in one ear and out the other.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dallas Aurora, CO, USA 05-15-07
    Dallas Aurora, CO, USA 05-15-07 Member Since 2001
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    "slow..."

    The narrator does a good job but after 30 minutes, I was bored with the plastic characters and slow pace of the book.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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