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Beyond climate tipping points there is the time of The Failing. Harry Sinclair, aging ex-CEO of Clearwater Corporation, travels the fringes of an ever-expanding Australian desert. Perched on a dray pulled by his only companion, a fractious camel, Harry is haunted by his past as a water prospector who, in the search for water, drove the beleaguered inhabitants of the west from their lands. A gentle and hauntingly beautiful cli-fi road-trip, Thirst meanders through an outback broken by unending drought. Interwoven through a vast Australian landscape, Thirst explores the future challenges caused by our present inaction on climate change and our over-exploitation of natural resources and, at its conclusion, reveals a glimmer of hope at the chaotic end of the 21st century.
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Oct 6, 2016A sensational book that immersed me within a drought battered landscape of future Australia. So rich and vivid was Jamie's writing and evocative imagery that I was literally tasting the dust as I journeyed with the central characters through this landscape. The story is relentless as we experience the consequence of inaction on climate change. It amplifies the cutting character of humans pushed to survive this tortured land but just as vivid is the means by which humans can survive. This book is such a well written and thought out story that evokes, provokes and brings forward a reminder of our need to consider a wider humanity and not just the individual. Such a top read that I've been recommending to many friends who have also being enjoying the read.
Mar 21, 2016"Thirst" by JD Shaw is an all too human story that engenders both disturbing and hopeful feelings, all the more so in the plausible reality of this speculative fiction. Oh, and you might want to have a glass of water at hand while reading. The story is set in the vast Australian outback, nearly a century beyond climate tipping points in a time called The Failing. The protagonist Harry Sinclair travels the fringes of an ever-expanding Australian desert, haunted by the consequences of his past and beset by the resulting human behavior. In his travels, among others Harry meets a naïve young man Finn that both aggravates and countervails his blunted disposition. Given the circumstances of their meeting, will any good come of it? Beyond being caught up in the story, as a writer I was intrigued by the author's wordsmith skills in moving the story along smoothly, and the construction of overlapping twists and turns that keep one turning pages. But one example of the writing... More > skill is the snippet: "His mind baulked like a frightened beast, knowing, at last, it had been cornered, that flight was now futile. Finally, he thought, finally after all this time, it has caught me. He fought a shuddering sob. His mind reeled and he felt tears build. Desperate not to be overwhelmed, he breathed out slowly, and the flood of anxiety settled a little ..." This is especially a book for the emerging adults of this world, but old dogs will appreciate it as well.< Less
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- JD Shaw Publ. (Standard Copyright License)
- JD Shaw Publ.
- January 21, 2016
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.83 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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