- Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (March 12, 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345351657
- ISBN-13: 978-0345351654
- Package Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,280,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Time Capsule Mass Market Paperback – March 12, 1988
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From Publishers Weekly
Among the many post-Holocaust novels, a subgenre has emerged on the theme of Huck Finn after the apocalypse. First novelist Berman's boy on a raft is Max Debris, a young white jazz saxophone player who stays alive thanks to Charles Dewey, alias Wolf, a black civil engineer. While nuclear winter sets in and the few survivors keep busy shooting each other, Wolf follows a private agenda on their cross-country trek, stopping at every 7-Eleven store to look for signs of the long-lost brother he's sure is still alive. As in Twain, the two move from civilization to wilderness and back, unhappy with each. Berman's humorous, ironic take on his serious subject recalls Richard Brautigan and Donald Barthelme as he compares the two wanderers to hapless 19th century pioneers and envisions a future demagogue whose sermons take their texts from Honeymooners episodes. Amusing and inventive if somewhat relentless in its wisecracking.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
In this audacious depiction of the United States after a nuclear war, white jazz sax man Max Debrick climbs out of the rubble of Manhattan. He reaches New Jersey before meeting another human, "Wolf" Dewey, a black civil engineer obsessed with searching looted 7-Eleven stores for his brother. They forge westward, their friendship deepening as they face the unknownand nuclear winter. They find the brother, demented and ruling a weird community of religious slaves set up on a Utah military base. This first novel has intelligence and sparkle, but the story is contrived and preposterous. Some arresting historical accounts provide counterpoint to the narrative, and the parts about jazz ring true. Vexing and entertaining, this might catch on with readers ready for a mix of macho harshness and gallows humor. William A. Donovan, Chicago P.L.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The book starts off with a holocaust war. A few days later Max Debrick peeks out of his refuge where he managed to survive the storm and finds himself alone in the ruins. He goes wandering around, meets up with a former civil engineer, and together they stumble their way across the country. Rarely they find other people and interact with them.
The writing is first class. It may not be my kind of book, but it is very well done. Even though I didn't particularly care for the book, it was able to carry me all the way to the end without giving up in the middle. Kudos to the author for that. It is more of an exploration of character than a story about events. Right-brain people may enjoy the book a lot. As a left-brainer, it left me cold.
For other left-brainers, I would recommend the aforementioned "Emergence". Just don't let your copy get stuck on a shelf behind a filing cabinet. :)