Every day I buckle on my guns and go out to patrol this dingy city.
Out on the far northern border of a failed state, Makepeace patrols the ruins of a dying city and tries to keep its unruly inhabitants in check.
Into this cold, isolated world comes evidence that life is flourishing elsewhere - a refugee from the vast emptiness of forest, whose existence inspires Makepeace to take to the road to reconnect with human society.
What Makepeace finds is a world unravelling, stockaded villages enforcing a rough and uncertain justice, mysterious slave camps labouring to harness the little understood technologies of a vanished civilization.
But Makepeace's journey also leads to unexpected human contact, tenderness, and the dark secrets behind this frozen world. "Far North" leads the reader on a quest through an unforgettable arctic landscape, from humanity's origins to its likely end.
Bleak, haunting, spare - and yet ultimately hopeful, the novel is suffused with an ecstatic awareness of the world's fragility and beauty, and its unexpected ability to recover from our worst trespasses.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 03/06/2010
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780571237784
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Review by jessicariddoch
This was an interesting book with a character that I could really relate to. It seems unusual to me to find a main character (Makepeace) that is female and does not have the securing of a husband/family as the centre of thier life.This book was in direct contrast to that last book that i read in that the world in which this tale is taking place is only explaned to us in terms of what the main character sees and understand of the world in which she finds herself. This is a very small part of the world as she has little contact with the outside world and has withdrawen into herself. she is living on her own until the arrival of another woman "ping" and then sighting a plane leads her to wonder what the rest of the world is doing. As the story unfolds her understanding of the world situation expands letting our understanding also to grow.Although it is not essential to the story we never do get to know what went wrong and this irks me, makepeace does not care, she does not ask why and so the question is never answered. though I have to admit at least this way I am not sneering at the denise the author has chosen as to why it is not possible or likely.this book had me hooked from beginning to end and I would suggest it as a good read to practially anyone.