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Ashland, Oregon The trees are blooming in Lithia Park. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, but a mysterious disease has suddenly wiped out nearly all of the world’s human beings. Roberta Neville is alone. She surrounds herself with animal companions as she stoically sets about ridding the town of corpses. Two thousand miles away, in Huntsville, Tennessee, a schizophrenic trial lawyer named John Lot sets out in a pickup camper on a quest to find other survivors. Fueled by religious zealotry, he believes that God has spared him from the Calamity because of his own holiness, and he is convinced that any survivors he finds will share his extreme religious convictions. At last he encounters Roberta. How will he cope with a strong woman with opinions of her own?
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Dec 31, 2015R.E.M’s “It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” played periodically in my head while I enjoyed Heiland Hoff’s extraordinary novel “Lot’s Journal.” I suspect that like Michael Stipe, Mr. Hoff is both hyperconscious of the world around him and keenly attuned to the connections, whether subtle or explicit, between everything that exists. Mr. Stipe’s apocalyptic song delivered a staccato stream-of-consciousness painting an emotional picture a pixel at a time, much like Bob Dylan did in many of his songs. You don’t “get it” until you hear it several times and ruminate. In Lot’s Journal, Mr. Hoff manages to distill a million frenetic post-apocalyptic slide-shows into a crisp, engaging, illuminating and masterfully compelling narrative in which we are immediately and completely immersed without the slightest doubt that everything we’re reading is absolutely and completely true. We grieve both for the dead and the survivors, we marvel at the insanity and desolation, and... More > like Mr. Hoff’s remarkable heroes, unexpectedly and self-consciously admit that we actually “feel fine.” This story’s medicine for our soul is delivered quite effectively the first time through but it’s done so surreptitiously that you feel like a patient bracing for a much-needed shot that the doctor smilingly admits he already delivered. You don’t need to read Lot’s Journal more than once to get the goodness but you’ll likely do so anyway because it’s such a remarkable ride.< Less
May 16, 2010In his novel Lot’s Journal, Heiland Hoff presents a fascinating literary character in John Lot. Narrating in the pages of a quirky, frenetic and didactic journal, Lot often surprises the reader, as he slips increasingly into the alternate reality of his mental illness. He is by turns heroic and enterprising, pathetic and obnoxious. In the end, one feels compassion for him in spite of his crude, intolerant religiosity. He is one of the very few survivors of “the Calamity,” a disease (like that in George Stewart’s Earth Abides) that suddenly wipes out nearly all of the human population. Finding himself alone in an America apparently devoid of other living humans, Lot makes it his mission to seek out and gather the elect and, like his Biblical namesake, renew God’s creation. But he encounters only a few West Coast survivors, all of whom he finds unsuitable for his congregation. Third-person narrative, interspersed with Lot's journal entries, details the backgrounds of Roberta Neville, a... More > self-reliant Oregon farm woman; Skip, a Nordic-Hawaiian pilot and power grid lineman; Tezheruk Hey, an Inuit biochemistry professor and his grandson Little Wolf; and Chelsea von Kreuznach, a narcissistic teenage girl. They are somewhat larger than life, and promise through their variety of skills a possibility for continuation of the human race. As the author introduces these characters to one another, he shows a wide grasp of various areas of practical knowledge, including dogs, architecture, weapons, vehicles, machinery, power generation, and farming. Will his people have what it takes, and use what they have, to remake civilization? Lot’s Journal is a compelling tale, with adventure, tragedy, romance, offbeat characters and challenging insights, venturing to ask “what might happen if…” --Submitted by Jack Sebold, author of "The Rising, journeys in the wake of global warming"< Less
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- Eebor Jeebor Press (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- Eebor Jeebor Press
- May 4, 2010
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 2.35 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 5.5 wide x 8.5 tall
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