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"Big Slide," ( pp.) by James Howard Kunstler, is a three-act play set in the autumn of an unspecified near-future year, at an Adirondack "great camp" where . Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for Big Slide by James Howard Kunstler at linawycatuzy.gq Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our.
Questions About Purchasing Big Slide? Los Angeles has been wrecked by major bomb blasts.
The nation's electric grid is off more than it's on. In response to the chaos, three generations of the Freeman family have gathered at their rustic country estate called Big Slide to weather the storm.
The cast is cut partly from the era of the feckless "Bertie Wooster" leisure class and partly from the era of modern workaday urbanites. The main question on most of the characters' minds is when normality will be restored.
The more intelligent among them suspect it will be quite a while, and wonder how long this bunch of rather privileged, largely unskilled city folk will be able to hole up in their enclave without starving, freezing to death, being overrun by brigands, or just plain driving each other crazy. As with all literary works that are also trying to make a point, the dialog of the characters in Big Slide occasionally feels a bit pedantic.
But overall the interaction between the characters here feels genuine, with discussions of "the situation" interspersed with more normal conversation and familial jabbing.
As a story, everything proceeds along quite well in Big Slide , with the characters scrounging food and preparing creative meals, warming themselves by the fireplace, drinking and talking, and trying to get some outside news on the radio. But the plot lurches into a ravine in the last few pages when local "law enforcement" shows up, making unreasonable demands. That's not a surprising or problematic plot twist, given the level of trouble that's going on in the story's outside world.
Our complaint is that the response of one of the Freeman siblings is so inconsistent with Kunstler's earlier framing of that character's personality, it makes the overall ending "feel wrong. Kunstler certainly managed tension, resolution, and character believability well his excellent novel World Made By Hand , so we know he's a capable author.
But in Big Slide , by bending the character rules to ensure he could check off more boxes on the "we're so screwed" list, he screws his own play. To be clear, it's not that we were looking for a happy ending to Big Slide —a certain level of bad outcome was baked into the plot.
Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Manchester - United Kingdom Posts: Is Big Slide still worth reading? Tom Brimelow marked it as to-read Apr 11, Being a long-time reader of all thing post-apocalyptic, I must say it doesn't offer anything new, but is interesting nonetheless. Kunstler on what a crash looks like:
Perhaps the novella-length format was insufficient for Kunstler to be able to make the mechanics of the ending scenes work plausibly and still end up with the same plot result.