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Leave the World Behind (2020)

von Rumaan Alam

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I don’t understand why people didn’t like this book. I think it is brilliant. It’s poetry. Everything is happening somewhere else and in the future. ( )
  dianeham | Oct 15, 2021 |
This book takes you into the "Twilight Zone" with the unknown variables of a black-out hitting the NY area. Clay and Amanda rent a house in a remote area within driving distance with their two kids for a vacation without cell coverage and TV. Soon after they arrive, GH and Ruth, knock on their door. They are the owners and they want the renters to leave so they can feel safe in their own home outside the city. The book takes you into their lives of not knowing what's going to happen as if a hurricane or some disaster is headed their way. It's brilliantly written and makes the reader wonder if this could happen outside the novel - to us. ( )
  Jacsun | Oct 5, 2021 |
I knew the book was divisive, but until I’d picked it up, I hadn’t realized just how at odds my feelings would be. The basic premise was interesting, and the whole subtext of racism and classism was done quite well, too. Characterization seemed mostly on point, especially the men and how they viewed their relationship with others in the face of the apocalypse.

However, it was the language that got to me. Alam has a way with words, almost classical but not quite. See, he writes beautiful prose like this:

Of course, they’d never heard a noise like that before. You didn’t hear such a noise; you experienced it, endured it, survived it, witnessed it. You could fairly say that their lives could be divided into two: the period before they’d heard that noise and the period after.
But then on another page he writes this: “his penis jerked itself towards the sun, a yoga salutation, bouncing, then stiff at the house's allure.” I mean, what the hell? The image is crystal-clear but feels unnecessary, and it makes him look like he’s trying too hard (pun intended).

His use of language lends well to the stream of consciousness style he went for, offering observations from multiple characters who feel and act like real people. Alam also deftly handles tension and fear while keeping things vague and obtuse. The deer scene, in particular, was terrifying. The flamingos were surreal, to say the least.

And yet, the narrative often feels bloated. Alam spends too much time on gratuitous details, presenting them mostly on a surface level. The characterization could’ve been deeper because of it, but it feels like a missed opportunity. It reads like a long-ish short story rather than a novel.

Ultimately, it was an interesting low-level, personal look at the apocalypse. It just wasn’t wholly satisfying. ( )
  bdgamer | Sep 10, 2021 |
The premise of this novel is interesting, but the writing didn't work for me. Gratuitous sex, metaphors that didn't work well, and other inconsistencies took away from its potential. Dystopia, post-apocalypse in the Hamptons. Out of touch rich people caught unawares and unprepared for disaster. It did not ring realistic to me, but having never had to survive an apocalypse, who am I to judge? ( )
  hemlokgang | Aug 21, 2021 |
Really interesting concept. And I felt the ending was appropriate, if abrupt. But the characterization is just - bad. These are not real people with motivations that make sense. The characters observations and behaviors are bizarre. All the people in this book are shitty - so who cares what happens to them?

And I want to take away the author’s thesaurus. ( )
  jlabarge | Aug 18, 2021 |
Leave the World Behind was written before the coronavirus crisis and yet it taps brilliantly into the feeling of generalised panic that has attached itself to the virus and seems to mingle fears about the climate, inequality, racism and our over-reliance on technology. As the reader moves through the book, a new voice interjects, an omniscient narrator who begins to allow us gradual access to the terrifying events taking place across America.
hinzugefügt von Lemeritus | bearbeitenThe Guardian, Alex Preston (Nov 9, 2020)
In cutting detail, Alam moves between all the characters’ private thoughts on race, privilege, class and survival, revealing the lies they tell each other both to encourage a sense of calm and to protect their own insecurities.... There’s a dark comfort to engaging with these stories, a sense that living in uncertainty does not necessarily mean we are alone—and that knowing the future won’t help prevent it. I felt a particular isolation in the immediate aftermath of the storm; I feel it every day in the coronavirus era. Resolution will come later. Knowing that is enough for now. “Understanding came after the fact,” Alam writes of his characters. “You had to walk backward and try to make sense. That’s what people did, that’s how people learned.”
hinzugefügt von Lemeritus | bearbeitenTIME, Annabel Gutterman (Oct 6, 2020)
Alam doesn’t dwell in the specificity of apocalypse, which has been the obsession of writers since the Flood. Instead he lobs a prescient accusation: Faced with the end of the world, you wouldn’t do a damn thing... “Leave the World Behind” teeters on that seesaw-edge question in horror fiction: to reveal the monster or not? Ultimately it totters too far to one side, but there is still the primal nail-biting need to know what-the-hell-is-going-on. This propulsion, which drives much of the characters’ decisions, likewise drives the reader onward to a breathless conclusion that, if not altogether satisfying, is undeniably haunting.
hinzugefügt von Lemeritus | bearbeitenThe New York Times, Afia Atakora (bezahlte Seite) (Oct 6, 2020)
Where other practitioners of the genre revel in chaos—the coarse spectacle of society unravelling—Alam keeps close to his characters, who, like insects in acrylic, remain trapped in a state of suspended unease. This, he suggests, is the modern disaster—the precarity of American life, which leaves us unsure, always, if things can get worse.... In the book’s final pages, as the tension suddenly ratchets up, Amanda thinks to herself, “They were equipped to handle certain fears. This was something else. It was hard to remind yourself to be rational in a world where that seemed not to matter as much, but maybe it never had.”
hinzugefügt von Lemeritus | bearbeitenNew Yorker, Hillary Kelly (Oct 5, 2020)
“Leave the World Behind” is the perfect title for a book that opens with the promise of utopia and travels as far from that dream as our worst fears might take us. It is the rarest of books: a genuine thriller, a brilliant distillation of our anxious age, and a work of high literary merit that deserves a place among the classics of dystopian literature.
hinzugefügt von Lemeritus | bearbeitenWashington Post, Porter Shreve (bezahlte Seite) (Oct 5, 2020)

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Sometimes distance showed a thing most clearly.
Amanda wasn’t magnanimous. The call was a relief. She wanted her colleagues to need her as God wants people to keep praying.
He sat on the front lawn in the shade of a tree and smoked. He should feel bad about this, but tobacco was the foundation of the nation. Smoking tethered you to history itself! It was a patriotic act, or once had been, anyway, like owning slaves or killing the Cherokee.
Clay was diligent but also (he knew it) a little lazy. He wanted to be asked to write for the New York Times Book Review but didn’t want to actually write anything.
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