ISBN 9781846553660,Things We Didn't See Coming

Things We Didn't See Coming

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ISBN 9781846553660
Publisher

Random House

Publication Year 2010
ISBN-13

ISBN 9781846553660

ISBN-10 1846553660
Binding

Paper Back

Number of Pages 208 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

General & literary fiction

Richly imagined, dark, and darkly comic, Things We Didn't See Coming follows a man over three decades as he tries to survive - and to retain his humanity - in a world savaged by successive cataclysmic events.

Opening on the eve of the millennium, when the world as we know it is still recognisable, we meet the then nine-year-old narrator fleeing the city with his parents, just ahead of a Y2K breakdown of the grid which signals the world's transformation and decline. In the wake of this develop strange, sometimes horrific, sometimes unexpectedly funny circumstances as he goes about the no longer simple act of survival: trying to protect squatters against floods in a place where the rains never stop; harrassed (and possibly infected) by a man wracked with plague; functioning as a salaried embezzler of 'the state'; escorting the gravely ill on adventure trips.

Yet despite the violence and brutality of these days, we learn that even as the world is spinning out of control essential human impulses still hold sway - that we never entirely escape our parents, envy the success of those around us and, chiefly, that we crave love.

Things We Didn't See Coming is haunting, vividly imagined and beautifully crafted - a stunning debut.

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