A Friend of the Earth

A Friend of the Earth

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Baker & Taylor
A novel set in a grim near-future Southern California follows the adventures of an ecoterrorist whose efforts to save the planet unwittingly place his own family at risk.

Blackwell North Amer
It is the year 2025, and Tyrone O'Shaughnessy Tierwater is eking out a bleak living in Southern California, managing a pop star's private menagerie of the species "only a mother could love" - scruffy hyenas, jackals, warthogs and three down-at-the-mouth lions. Global warming is a reality. The biosphere has collapsed in a grim but pointed way, and most of the major mammalian species - not to mention fish, birds and frogs - are extinct.
At one time, as we see in alternating chapters, Ty was a passionate environmentalist, so committed to saving the earth that he became an eco-terrorist and, ultimately, a convicted felon. As a member of the radical environmental group Earth Forever!, he unwittingly endangered both his wife, Andrea, and his daugther, Sierra (who herself became an icon of the Movement as an inveterate tree-sitter in the late nineties). Now, when he's just trying to survive in a world torn by obdurate storms and winnowing drought, Andrea comes back into his life.

& Taylor

Set in a grim near-future 2025 A.D. southern California, this novel follows the adventures of an ecoterrorist whose efforts to save the planet unwittingly place his own family at risk. By the author of The Tortilla Curtain. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Viking Press, c2000
ISBN: 9780670891771
Branch Call Number: F BOY
Characteristics: 271 p. : 24 cm


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Apr 02, 2014

Portents of an eco-terroist hero's future. Fairly well written with a good plot line. I am not sure what the author really is trying to say would be the only flaw. He seems to be mocking the motivations and efforts of main stream environmentalists (the protagonist wife seems to at some points be willing to compromise principles), and saying that violence won't accomplish anything either, and at the same time sounds sympathetic to their cause.I guess the message is that any fight for protecting the environment will lose, so fight the best fight you can with whatever method you prefer.

Apr 13, 2011

I was just thinking about The Road and how I love end of the world books and I thought of this one I read a while back. So great....and with an enviromental message....the constant rain, ugly zoo animals and rice wine!


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