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The Excavations: A History of the End of the World by James Whyle (Merriman, 1973)
“A biblical comedy, a millennial carnival, a strange dispatch from beyond the rapture.” ”A crazy-ass futuristic book.” Jack Delfan is an unwitting Noah who has turned his back on the world of men. He lives in an oil tanker in a sea of sand. He believes in digging. When a son, Hob, is delivered to him, Delfan teaches the boy how to use a spade and read the book. Delfan is a difficult father and refuses to tell Hob who his mother is. Then the Gcwi come.Hob and the Gcwi set out on a quest to find Hob’s mother. It is a journey that is destined to break Hob’s heart. There are times when a broken heart is what it takes.The Excavations is a savage, explicit, coming-of-age tale. It delves into the history of the world, and into its future. It is a prophecy of what will come if we fail to confront the results of climate change and imploding capitalism.
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