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The Old Man and the Wasteland Paperback – April 5, 2011
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- I read through Nick Cole's The Savage Boy in one sitting. This follow up to Old Man and the Wasteland is a great addition to the story. -BoingBoing.com
- It's a riveting story, brilliantly paced, tragic yet hopeful with as much action to offer as it does emotion and one that not only entertains but provokes thought in all the right places -EamoTheGeek.com
About the Author
Nick Cole is a working actor living in Southern California. When he is not auditioning for commercials, going out for sitcoms or being shot, kicked, stabbed or beaten by the students of various film schools for their projects, he can often be found as a guard for King Phillip the Second of Spain in the Opera Don Carlo at Los Angeles Opera or some similar role. Nick Cole has been writing for most of his life and acting in Hollywood after serving in the U.S. Army.
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Excellent story telling, definitely worth the time in reading them.
The Old Man and the Wasteland is a well-written homage to Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea and in some ways surpasses the classic by getting us deeply embedded in the minds of the characters. Nick Cole's descriptions of the charbroiled desert landscape conjure up clear mind pictures of desolation, hardship and extreme madness. Hope for the future too is evident even in the old man's lucid thoughts of his granddaughter and the people from his settlement
If you have not read Nick Cole's books, start with this one. If you are a Nick Cole fan already, don't pass this one by.
Nick, I know you are only human but keep them coming!
The author uses themes that parallel Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man and Sea,” and the book itself is a prop in the story. Anyone familiar with that work will recognize characters and plot motifs. Some are obvious, while others many not come to you until days later.
The Old Man is a survivor of a war that devastated the country many years before, and he lives with a small group of others in what was once the American southwest. He salvages items of use to the group, and that task has become more difficult without going further from the camp. One day, he decides he can’t return without a decent find, and he will keep walking until he gets something, no matter what happens.
The things he does, the trouble he runs into, and the characters he meets are mostly brutal and disturbing. However, they occur within the context of the story and are not gratuitous. The author does a great job describing the Old Man’s struggles against the physical world and his own emotions.
I like good description in a book, but not to the point where my imagination is unnecessary. Cole uses just the right amount of narrative to illustrate the wasteland and the people in it, while allowing for your own fancy to fill it out.
I have mixed feelings about the Epilogue; basically, whether or not it was necessary to the book. However, it was interesting. I can’t say more without spoilers.
Overall, I give high marks to this book and recommend it without hesitation. Even after the bad dreams…
The book is well written and the storyline will leave one to contemplate just how quickly the veneer of civilization could fall away. We are ever only a couple of failed generations away from regressing into a primitive dark age where life is brutal while all around lie relics of a more advanced past. It has happened before. It is foolish to believe it could never happen again.
I look forward to reading more from this author and will purchase the next Wasteland installment when it becomes available. I will also say that from what I have read so far the author is under-pricing his work. I could easily see this story made into a movie.