The Pesthouse by Jim Crace audiobook

The Pesthouse

By Jim Crace
Read by Michael Kramer

Random House Audio
8.39 Hours Unabridged
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Once the safest, most prosperous place on earth, the United States is now a lawless, scantly populated wasteland. The machines have stopped. The government has collapsed. Farmlands lie fallow and the soil is contaminated by toxins. Across the country, families have packed up their belongings to travel eastward toward the one hope left: passage on a ship to Europe. Franklin Lopez and his brother, Jackson, are only days away from the ocean when Franklin, nearly crippled by an inflamed knee, is forced to stop. In the woods near his temporary refuge, Franklin comes upon an isolated stone building. Inside he finds Margaret, a woman with a deadly infection and confined to the Pesthouse to sweat out her fever. Tentatively, the two join forces and make their way through the ruins of old America. Confronted by bandits rounding up men for slavery, finding refuge in the Ark, a religious community that makes bizarre demands on those they shelter, Franklin and Margaret find their wariness of each other replaced by deep trust and an intimacy neither one has ever experienced before. THE PESTHOUSE is Jim Crace’s most compelling novel to date. Rich in its understanding of America’s history and ethos, it is a paean to the human spirit.

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Summary

Summary

Once the safest, most prosperous place on earth, the United States is now a lawless, scantly populated wasteland. The machines have stopped. The government has collapsed. Farmlands lie fallow and the soil is contaminated by toxins. Across the country, families have packed up their belongings to travel eastward toward the one hope left: passage on a ship to Europe. Franklin Lopez and his brother, Jackson, are only days away from the ocean when Franklin, nearly crippled by an inflamed knee, is forced to stop. In the woods near his temporary refuge, Franklin comes upon an isolated stone building. Inside he finds Margaret, a woman with a deadly infection and confined to the Pesthouse to sweat out her fever. Tentatively, the two join forces and make their way through the ruins of old America. Confronted by bandits rounding up men for slavery, finding refuge in the Ark, a religious community that makes bizarre demands on those they shelter, Franklin and Margaret find their wariness of each other replaced by deep trust and an intimacy neither one has ever experienced before. THE PESTHOUSE is Jim Crace’s most compelling novel to date. Rich in its understanding of America’s history and ethos, it is a paean to the human spirit.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

A writer of hallucinatory skill. John Updike“Crace is one of Britain’s most remarkable writers.
“A suspenseful road novel…Crace’s mordant humor shines darkly…A meditation on some of the deepest questions about America.” Los Angeles Times Book Review
“A dark envisioning…The best part of this novel, perhaps for [its characters] as well as us, is the hauntingly rendered depiction of what is already gone.” Boston Globe
“Throughout [The Pesthouse], a delicate, touching shy romance blossoms…Crace is a writer about plain things, but he writes about them in a way that’s both startling and subtle, a shimmering surface over still depths.” Washington Post Book World
“Forceful…[Crace’s] prose carries the contours of a Donatello sculpture as [he] chisels gracefully flowing sentences with eloquence, precision, and the occasional cheeky hint of the impish.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Graceful and haunting…Crace is the coldest of writers, and the tenderest.” New York Times
“Sly…A sweet, screwball love story…Crace lavishes his story with descriptions of nature and creates landscapes in crystalline detail.” Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Subtly conveyed…Crace manages to strike the right chord with clarity and precision.” London Review of Books
“Refreshing in its scope and ambition…A compelling adventure.” Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star
“Wonderful…Crace is a writer of great gifts…The poet of detail.” Guardian (London)
“Deft…Crace’s imagination is matched by his crystalline prose.” Charleston Post and Courier
“Haunting…Moving, lyrical…A remarkably imaginative rendering [of America].” Telegraph (London)
“[Crace has] a muscular way with words…[He] presents a compelling picture of an America betrayed by its overfetishization of rugged individualism and of Americans paradoxically at their best when cutting against the grain.” Playboy
“[Crace’s] precise, earthy prose revels in the landscape of destruction.” Observer (London)
“Sly…A quintessential American story.” Seattle Times
“Beautifully written…The Pesthouse finds [Crace] not just on his own best form, but arguably on the best form any English writer has shown in the last couple years.” Spectator (London)
“A cracking adventure story…Crace pulls off a transcendent ending that offers a biting commentary on the ongoing American experiment.” Entertainment Weekly

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Author Bio: Jim Crace

Author Bio: Jim Crace

Jim Crace is the author of over ten novels. Being Dead was shortlisted for the 1999 Whitbread Fiction Prize and won the US National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction in 2000. In 1997, Quarantine was named the Whitbread Novel of the Year and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Crace has also received the Whitbread First Novel Prize, the E. M. Forster Award, and the Guardian Fiction Prize. He lives in Birmingham, England.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 8.39
Audience: Adult
Language: English