The Gone-away World

The Gone-away World

Book - 2008
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The Jorgmund Pipe is the backbone of the world, and it's on fire. Gonzo Lubitsch, professional hero and troubleshooter, is hired to put it out - but there's more to the fire, and the Pipe itself, than meets the eye. The job will take Gonzo and his best friend, back to their own beginnings and into the dark heart of the Jorgmund Company itself.
Publisher: London : William Heinemann, 2008.
ISBN: 9780434018420
0434018422
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 531 p. ;,25 cm.

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PearlyBaker
Sep 22, 2017

Simply the most beautiful book I've read since The Son. This surreal piece melted my face and bent my mind like St. Jerome used to in the 80's. Quick aside: My church canonized Señor Garcia in the year of our Lord 19 and 95. Anywho, Nick used a classic Hegelian Dialectic to turn good to the dark side the same way W. got us into two useless and never-ending wars and the dotard Trump will get us into WW3 with Rocket Man. And I defy you not to cry when the voiceless dragon school appears. I am patently dead inside and even I cried. It was an emotional day however as I had to perform three abortions on some out of control heirloom cucumber vines in my extremely crowded urban micro farm. May your next life be filled with better soil and less fearless and predatory rabbits.

SCL_Justin Jul 25, 2017

Nick Harkaway’s The Gone-Away World is kind of a gonzo post-apocalyptic novel. One of the main characters is, in fact named Gonzo. But it’s also the story of how the world came to be this way, through the use of Go Away bombs that destroyed the world with no pesky fallout. Except for making the planet a place where nightmares become real.

The story starts with the narrator and Gonzo’s company of truckers and general bad-asses being called in to do a job, put out a fire, save the world. There’s a cataloguing of the various kinds of pencil-necks one finds in the world, ranked according to their dangerousness, and the idea that resonates through the book is introduced: being a professional means giving up your personhood to be part of a machine.

But then the first chapter is over and the trucks are rolling towards doom and glory and we drop back to childhood. We learn about being trained to fight ninjas by a daft elderly man, and having lots of sex as a political student, and absurd stupid wars featuring absurd terrible soldiers (and fearsomely brilliant ones) and terror and friendship. It’s awesome. And funny. And there are mimes.

I liked this better than his book Angelmaker, but that might be because I wasn’t trying to figure out how seriously to take it the whole time. It was the kind of crazy awesome book the world needs more of.

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ikhetred
Oct 03, 2016

Having read and thoroughly enjoyed his other two books (Angelmaker and Tigerman), I finally circled around to his first. An entertaining read! Harkaway tells an action-packed tale of shameless heroism and derring-do with some interesting twists, touching on martial arts (convincingly rendered IMO), soldiering, a devastating weapon of mass destruction, an almost mad max-like dystopian future...and more! The author definitely has a way with words.

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zzs
May 20, 2015

Amazing book if you like philip k dick mixed with jospef heller . This book has a lot to say but it is not a light read at all.

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François_Bissey
Dec 25, 2014

I had a bit of trouble getting into the book at first. I am not the only one making that comment so there must be something to it. A good read some bits of the ending are expected and fall in place nicely but the big reveals are likely to get you on the wrong foot. I think my persistence was rewarded.

The story is narrated in first person style which I usually don't really like and may have accounted for some of my initial reaction.

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Eosos
Jun 06, 2014

This story is so surprising that I'm not really sure what to say about it.

There doesn't seem to be anything very science fiction about the book at the beginning. A few bits and pieces but nothing dramatic. It is the story of a young man and his adopted family and his career path, until it's about the apocalyptic events that happen and their bizarre outcome and the fabulous twist ending. Which if you're really paying attention to the story you might not be as surprised as some but I wouldn't bet on it.

It's a great book and worth the extra effort to get though.

KianaJones Aug 28, 2013

This book was bizarrely written, and it made it very hard to get into at first.
However, it was well worth it in the end.

Once you get past the endless chapters of the main characters childhood, you get into a very cool dystopian future. This future is full of unimaginable beasties, and the weirdest things ever dreamed up.

This is more suited for a mature reader, not for graphic content, but because of the difficult writing style that the author has presented the story in.

KileyP May 10, 2012

This book has been on my to-read list for a long time, and I recently picked up a copy. Without even finishing it, I'm going to say that this is a must-read for anyone who's loving the dystopian trend that seems to be running amok with popular fiction right now - the catch is Nick Harkaway seemed to catch on before anyone else in the adult fiction scene seemed to - and the result is a beautiful novel with truly engulfs you in its world. Still haven't learned the name of our main character right now, but somehow I don't miss it. Say what you want about Mr. Harkaway, but he is a talented author with a nose for trends - definitely someone to watch!

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sreschke
Oct 11, 2011

Great book. Definately a must read for anyone interested in post-apocolyptic and dystopian world themes. Well written, jumping back and forth in time to introduce new information about the protagonist, who remains nameless thoughout, until the final twist at the end.

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jbrannon
Sep 28, 2011

I truly enjoyed this book. It was beautiful. You know how people talk about "being transported" in conjunction with a novel? That's what this was for me.

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