"From the renowned social critic, energy expert, and bestselling author James Howard Kunstler, The Harrows of Spring concludes the quartet of his extraordinary World Made by Hand novels, set in an American future of economic and political collapse, where electricity, automobiles, and the familiar social structures of the "old times" are a misty memory.
In the little upstate New York town of Union Grove, springtime is a most difficult season, known as "the six weeks want," when fresh food is scarce and winter stores have dwindled. Young Daniel Earle returns from his haunting travels around what is left of the United States intent on resurrecting the town newspaper. He is also recruited by the town trustees to help revive the Hudson River trade route shut down peevishly by the local grandee, planter Stephen Bullock. Meanwhile, a menacing gang of Social Justice Warriors styling themselves as agents of the Berkshire People's Republic appear one evening to camp on the outskirts of town. Their leaders are the imposing Amazonian beauty Flame Aurora Greengrass and the charismatic grifter Sylvester "Buddy" Goodfriend, progressive to a fault in their politics and intent on extracting whatever tribute they can from people of Union Grove.
Romance, politics, bunko, violence, and family tragedy swirl through the thrilling finale to Kunstler's bestselling series. The Harrows of Spring is a powerful, heart-wrenching, and satisfying conclusion to this poignant history of the future."
©2016 James Howard Kunstler (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I have been transfixed by the four book series A World Made by Hand. Mr. Kuntsler has presented the horrors and resilience of a future that we may be facing in one form or another. I for one hope it does not come to pass, but I honestly believe that the best way to avoid such an outcome is to consider it's very real possibility. We are a wondrous and resilient nation, filled with people who have the capacity to rise to any occasion and to truly care about one another. I hope these books inspire readers to carefully consider becoming vital and powerful forces in their own communities to build local resilience and reduce the deleterious footprint that we are having on the natural world and the peoples of other nations.
My only critique of the fourth book is that Mr. Kuntsler spent a little too much time reminding us of all of the elements that were laid out in the previous three books.
Great story and performance - had read and or listened to all of the books from this series- wish that the saga continues :)
Story is done.
It finished things up for me.
He wasn't boring and fun to listen to in the car.
This last book wasn't anything amazing. It finished the story of the other books. Glad its done and I can move on now. The only part that didn't make sense to me was the direction he took the Bullock character in. It seemed out of context based on the last couple of books.
No series of any author, topic, or kind has been written to compare . Sci fi romance ( just a touch) adventure, prepper( just enough) foodie ( glorious ) and drink , I am standing by , yeasty rich full bodied triple tripel ale in hand
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