The Harrows of Spring by James Howard Kunstler
eBook review copy; 384 pages
A World Made by Hand Series #4
The Harrows of Spring by James Howard Kunstler is the highly
recommended fourth and final volume of the World Made by Hand series.
After the world has experienced numerous catastrophes and plagues
(before this book) the future now resembles the nineteenth century.
Spring is coming to Union Grove, a small town in upstate New York, which
could be a good thing, but there are problems. Food is scarce in the
spring and this year is going to be even more challenging since
plantation owner and feudal landlord Stephen Bullock is no longer going
to have some of his men take his boat down to Albany for goods. The
whole town has depended upon his men making this trip and them paying
him for the things they need but can't provide for themselves. Stephen
can be a little moody.
After his travels, Daniel Earle is back and is starting a paper in town,
Brother Jobe and his industrious group are still around too. More
disturbing is the group of anti-establishment,
hyper-liberals known as the Berkshire People’s Republic who are camping
outside of town and have sent a representative to the
town. "As the concluding novel in the series powerful, moving tale of
insurrection, survival, and what it means to be human."
This is an entertaining conclusion to the series. Those who have not
read the previous books might want to before jumping into this fourth
and final volume. I don't think they stand entirely on their own without
the scaffolding provided by the previous volumes. Clearly it reads like
a novel set in the past. The roles of women in this society also
reflect past duties, which may bother some readers. The Harrows of Spring
reflect social critic Kunstler's views in real life. Perhaps not the
best written of the series, I'm rating on the series as a whole.
My advanced reading copy was courtesy
of the publisher for review
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