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Walk To End Of World Mass Market Paperback – May 5, 1955

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Berkley (May 5, 1955)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425042391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425042397
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,361,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By s.ferber on August 12, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In the mood for a good piece of postapocalyptic, feminist sci-fi? Well, then, I've got a doozy for you! Suzy McKee Charnas' first novel, "Walk to the End of the World" (1974), is just such a book, combining a tough little tale with a healthy dose of sociopolitical rumination. Taking place many years after mankind has destroyed its planet with wars and pollution, "leaving it to the wild weeds," it introduces the reader to the society of the Holdfast, a seaside community whose inhabitants subsist on the seaweed, kelp and hemp they manage to farm. Charnas reveals an extraordinary wealth of detail regarding the Holdfast's customs, religion and cultures; her depth of imagination, not to mention writing skills, are most impressive, especially for a beginner novelist. Perhaps the most salient aspect of life in this postapocalyptic world is the degraded status of its female members. Known simply as fems, they are blamed by the men for the wars of destruction, and looked on as witches fit for nothing more than breeding and drudge labor. Fathers in the Holdfast never learn who their sons are, as these male cubs are quickly placed in the so-called "Boyhouse" right after birth to quickly remove the female taint. Society, for the most part, is based on a hierarchy of Youths and Seniors, and homosexual relationships amongst the Youths and amongst the Seniors are the norm. The use of hemp to elicit dreams is encouraged amongst the Youths in their fruition into men (an entire society based on pot ingestion!), whilst automatonlike Rovers (soldiers constantly kept narcotized by the drug) guard the various private companies that work in five-year shifts to farm the district. It is in this unique setting that Charnas introduces us to the book's four main characters.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By dSavannah George-Jones VINE VOICE on May 11, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I love scifi and have been reading it for a long time, and can't believe I never heard of this author. This book is great feminist scifi - a little dated, to be sure, but well worth reading. In this future (or it could be past), men and women live a harrowing existence... Men think women (who are called fems) are little better than animals, while women are secretly trying to free themselves. Very interesting look at sexual dynamics.
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