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Leave the World Behind (2020)

von Rumaan Alam

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A Recommended Book From Vogue * Vulture * Newsweek * NY Observer * The New York Post * Parade * The Millions * PopSugar * AARP * Publishers Weekly * Kirkus * Alma A magnetic novel about two families, strangers to each other, who are forced together on a long weekend gone terribly wrong Amanda and Clay head out to a remote corner of Long Island expecting a vacation: a quiet reprieve from life in New York City, quality time with their teenage son and daughter, and a taste of the good life in the luxurious home they've rented for the week. But a late-night knock on the door breaks the spell. Ruth and G. H. are an older couple?it's their house, and they've arrived in a panic. They bring the news that a sudden blackout has swept the city. But in this rural area?with the TV and internet now down, and no cell phone service?it's hard to know what to believe. Should Amanda and Clay trust this couple?and vice versa? What happened back in New York? Is the vacation home, isolated from civilization, a truly safe place for their families? And are they safe from one other? Suspenseful and provocative, Rumaan Alam's third novel is keenly attuned to the complexities of parenthood, race, and class. Leave the World Behind explores how our closest bonds are reshaped?and unexpected new ones are forged?in moments of crisis.… (mehr)
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  RubieReads | Oct 25, 2022 |
This is a very polarizing book but I fall in the camp of loving the unresolved tension of 'what the heck is going on in the outside world' with this book. It masterfully ratcheted up the tension with every chapter and I was disappointed when it ended. I would have loved to know more about what was happening in the world, but think it could not have been anything but disappointing compared to the imagined chaos. ( )
  Meggo | Oct 20, 2022 |
Brilliant and fascinating! Those who say it is unfinished really didn't pay attention while reading.
They're making a movie adaptation.with Julia Roberts: you will want to have read this before. ( )
  Ilariabiano | Oct 16, 2022 |
Despite mixed reviews, I found this book a real page-turner and I now see I am not alone as it has been nominated for the National Best Book Award and is on Barack Obama's best summer reads list. It is a family holiday story that turned into a taut thriller. It also makes you question our dependence on technology when there is a widespread electricity failure. A book for these times definitely, although perhaps some of the negative reviews are due to people reading it in the throes of a pandemic. I for one recommend it. ( )
  HelenBaker | Sep 28, 2022 |
2.75

Pretentious writting? Sure. Insightful? Absolutely.

This reads almost like an expose of upper class people navigating the unknown incident trying to make sense of something under a narcissistic lens. Scrambling to make sense of things based on vague knowledge of how the world works while clinging to belongings, thier American dream, and a place like a liferaft. Passing through and by one another with the hesitation of people that don't know how to really cling or find comfort in things not tangible.

Still, I can't help but feel like I'm reading a piece being vocally applauded by a circle of students in some English composition class in an ivy covered building. Another piece of rich contemporary fiction just as far removed as its characters. ( )
  Jonez | Sep 23, 2022 |
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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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.
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A Recommended Book From Vogue * Vulture * Newsweek * NY Observer * The New York Post * Parade * The Millions * PopSugar * AARP * Publishers Weekly * Kirkus * Alma A magnetic novel about two families, strangers to each other, who are forced together on a long weekend gone terribly wrong Amanda and Clay head out to a remote corner of Long Island expecting a vacation: a quiet reprieve from life in New York City, quality time with their teenage son and daughter, and a taste of the good life in the luxurious home they've rented for the week. But a late-night knock on the door breaks the spell. Ruth and G. H. are an older couple?it's their house, and they've arrived in a panic. They bring the news that a sudden blackout has swept the city. But in this rural area?with the TV and internet now down, and no cell phone service?it's hard to know what to believe. Should Amanda and Clay trust this couple?and vice versa? What happened back in New York? Is the vacation home, isolated from civilization, a truly safe place for their families? And are they safe from one other? Suspenseful and provocative, Rumaan Alam's third novel is keenly attuned to the complexities of parenthood, race, and class. Leave the World Behind explores how our closest bonds are reshaped?and unexpected new ones are forged?in moments of crisis.

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