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The Last Town on Earth: A Novel (original 2006; edição 2006)

por Thomas Mullen

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Nestled in the quiet woods of the Pacific Northwest, the town of Commonwealth is a haven for the loggers who live ther, until the flu starts striking down entire surrounding villages. When the residents of Commonwealth vote to quarantine themselves, armed guards are posted at the one road leading to town. But then a disheveled--and apparently sick--soldier approaches begging for food and shelter. Shots are fired, and soon Commonwealth is plunged into turmoil.… (mais)
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Título:The Last Town on Earth: A Novel
Autores:Thomas Mullen
Informação:Random House (2006), Hardcover
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Avaliação:****1/2
Etiquetas:fiction, historical_fiction, flu, mills, mec

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I have had this novel/ebook on my "To be read" list for years! It was the cover and title that attracted me to the book -- I did not know what the storyline was but I do enjoy apocalyptic/dystopian novels and likely believed that is what the novel was going to be about.

I was not far off.

But since I finally read it in 2021, I did not expect to, essentially, be reading what is, essentially, my current history -- living through a pandemic and staying quarantined to stay safe from a new virus that is killing people at an alarming rate, all while others are ready and willing to go to war with those who don't believe the same politics or government rhetoric.

Living through history is way more terrifying than reading about it.

Adrianne ( )
  Adrianne_p | Feb 13, 2021 |
A town under quarantine during the 1918 flu epidemic must reckon with forces beyond their control in a powerful, sweeping novel of morality in a time of upheaval

“An American variation on Albert Camus’ The Plague.”—Chicago Tribune

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY USA TODAY AND CHICAGO TRIBUNE • WINNER OF THE JAMES FENIMORE COOPER PRIZE FOR HISTORICAL FICTION

Deep in the mist-shrouded forests of the Pacific Northwest is a small mill town called Commonwealth, conceived as a haven for workers weary of exploitation. For Philip Worthy, the adopted son of the town’s founder, it is a haven in another sense—as the first place in his life he’s had a loving family to call his own.

And yet, the ideals that define this outpost are being threatened from all sides. A world war is raging, and with the fear of spies rampant, the loyalty of all Americans is coming under scrutiny. Meanwhile, another shadow has fallen across the region in the form of a deadly virus striking down vast swaths of surrounding communities.

When Commonwealth votes to quarantine itself against contagion, guards are posted at the single road leading in and out of town, and Philip Worthy is among them. He will be unlucky enough to be on duty when a cold, hungry, tired—and apparently ill—soldier presents himself at the town’s doorstep begging for sanctuary. The encounter that ensues, and the shots that are fired, will have deafening reverberations throughout Commonwealth, escalating until every human value—love, patriotism, community, family, friendship—not to mention the town’s very survival, is imperiled.

Inspired by a little-known historical footnote regarding towns that quarantined themselves during the 1918 epidemic, The Last Town on Earth is a remarkably moving and accomplished debut.387 ( )
  Gmomaj | Dec 30, 2020 |
I thought this was a very timely book book about fear and abuse of power during war. It tells the story of the little known flu pandemic during WWI, and what happens when a town shuts its doors to keep the flu out. The writing is very good, and my only major complaint is the ending is a bit too neatly tied up. I'll definitely keep my eyes peeled for future books by this author (this was a very successful debut novel). ( )
  JustZelma | Dec 20, 2020 |
In Zeiten einer Pandemie über eine andere Pandemie, die schon lange her ist, zu lesen, ist schon merkwürdig.
Im Herbst 1918 wütet die Spanische Grippe und fordert viele Opfer. Die Bewohner der kleinen Holzfällerstadt Commenwealth versuchen sich zu schützen, indem sie ihren Ort hermetisch abriegeln. Die einzige Zufahrtsstraße wird bewacht. Doch dann sucht ein Soldat Hilfe und wird am Betreten der Stadt gehindert indem er erschossen wird. Der junge Philip Worthy, Adoptivsohn des Stadtgründers, muss das mit ansehen und ist verstört. Er verhält sich später anders, als er in eine solche Situation kommt.
Es ist dem Autor Thomas Mullen gut gelungen, die besondere Atmosphäre um die Ausnahmesituation in dem kleinen Ort einzufangen.
Die Charaktere sind gut und authentisch beschrieben. Zunächst geht es einen Gemeinschaftssinn in dem kleinen florierenden Ort. Doch durch den Vorfall verändern sich die Dinge. Als dann auch trotz aller Vorsicht die Grippe doch im Ort Opfer fordert, zerbricht der Zusammenhalt. Misstrauen macht sich breit und dann wird die Versorgungslage auch noch schwierig. Von Toleranz und Gemeinschaft ist nichts mehr zu spüren. Jeder ist sich wohl selbst der nächste.
Parallelen zur heutigen Zeit sind nicht zu übersehen, denn sonst wäre nicht auf Teufel komm raus gehortet worden. Die einen sind gegen die strengen Maßnahmen, um sich zu schützen, den anderen haben Ängste. Es gibt Menschen, die wollen helfen, aber es gibt auch jene, die in Ausnahmesituation schnell ihre Menschlichkeit vergessen.
Diese Geschichte entwickelt sich eher gemächlich und damit auch ihre Darsteller, so dass es manchmal etwas langatmig wird. Dennoch hat mich dieser bedrückende Roman gepackt. Er ist durchaus lesenswert. ( )
  buecherwurm1310 | Nov 22, 2020 |
Prescient for the times we are living in right now with the pandemic; amazing how the author got so much right in his descriptions of the disease, although this book was written in 2006. Set in the fictional logging town of Commonwealth, Washington, it tells the story of a small town that quarantines itself from the outside world during the Spanish flu years; all are forbidden to enter under threat of death. Should people leave, they mayn't return. A kind act by one of the guards, a young man named Philip, brings repercussions to the town. A subplot involves the Great War and soldiers. Is the soldier to whom Philip shows mercy a German spy in disguise? Has the soldier brought the pestilence to the town, with Philip its unwitting conduit? The inhabitants do get the disease. If not from Philip, from where?
The seed of the idea from the book arose from the author's having read of such towns that quarantined themselves at that time, but this book is completely fictional. A fascinating, unputdownable tale.

Highly recommended. ( )
  janerawoof | Sep 29, 2020 |
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Mullen’s debut novel is as upright, square-jawed and serious as the people he writes about and, alas, as wooden. He has a good story to tell, weaving together the flu epidemic, America’s entry into the First World War and its pioneering history of labour organisation. He has done his research thoroughly and developed his characters carefully. What he has failed to do is successfully embed his work in the fiction.
 
Under siege, the virtuous city — a symbol of freedom and safety — instantly becomes a prison. Step by step, the citizens divide into the guards and the guarded. Outward physical health comes to seem more and more like a sign of inward moral corruption.
adicionada por Lemeritus | editarThe New York Times, Max Byrd (Sep 3, 2006)
 
A progressive community buckles under a double whammy: the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic and the hatreds stirred by American participation in WWI.... Mullen’s debut gets mileage out of the gruesome epidemic and contains some interesting historical nuggets, but it fails to mesh its grim subject matter with convincing individual narratives.
adicionada por Lemeritus | editarKirkus Reviews (Jun 15, 2006)
 
...what Mullen supplies in terms of historical context, he lacks in storytelling; though the novel is set in 1918, it was written in a post 9/11 world where fear of bird flu regularly makes headlines, and the allegory is heavy-handed (the protagonist townie, after all, is named Philip Worthy). The grim fascination of the narrative, however, will keep readers turning the pages.
adicionada por Lemeritus | editarPublishers Weekly (May 22, 2006)
 

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