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The Nuclear Age is about one man's slightly insane attempt to come to terms with a dilemma that confronts us all—a little thing called The Bomb. The year is 1995, and William Cowling has finally found the courage to meet his fears head-on. Cowling's courage takes the form of a hole that he begins digging in his backyard in an effort to "bury" all thoughts of the apocalypse. Cowling's wife, however, is ready to leave him; his daughter has taken to calling him "nutto"; and Cowling's own checkered past seems to be rising out of the crater taking shape on his lawn, besieging him with flashbacks and memories of a life that's had more than its share of turmoil. Brilliantly interweaving his masterful storytelling powers with dark, surreal humor and empathy for characters caught in circumstances beyond their control, Tim O'Brien brings us his most entertaining novel to date. At once wildly comic and sneakily profound, The Nuclear Age is also utterly unforgettable.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.05(w) x 7.73(h) x 0.69(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Date of Birth:October 1, 1946
Place of Birth:Austin, Minnesota
Education:B.A., Macalester College, 1968; Graduate study at Harvard University
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you need help trying to figure out what the novel makes reference to then you shouldn't be reading it, anyone who's taken a history course would have no difficulty with the matter... It does tend to get a bit repetitive but since it's told from a first person narrative it's obvious that it's done intentionally and overall the writing style is easy to adjust to. Reading this book is a lot more meaningful when you consider the world around you. It should definitely bring out the thinker in all those who read it.
The book was not very well done and it was extremely repetitive. One needs a large amount of background info to know what is going on in the novel.