The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway

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A hilarious, action-packed look at the apocalypse that combines a touching tale of friendship, a thrilling war story, and an all out kung-fu infusedmission to save the world.Gonzo Lubitch and his best friend have been inseparable since birth. They grew up together, they studiedmartial arts together, they rebelled in college together, and they fought in the Go-Away War together. Now, with the world in shambles and dark nightmarish clouds billowing over the wastelands, they have been tapped for an incredibly perilous mission. But they quickly realize that this assignment is not all it seems, and before it is over they will have encountered everything from mimes, ninjas, and pirates to one ultra-sinister mastermind, whose only goal is world domination. Unlike anything else, The Gone-Away World is a remarkable literary debut that will be remembered and rediscovered for years to come.


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About Nick Harkaway

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Nick Harkaway was born in Cornwall in 1972. He studied philosophy, sociology and politics at Clare College, Cambridge, and then worked in the film industry. His fiction debut was The Gone-Away World. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.   www.nickharkaway.com
 
Published August 19, 2008 by Vintage. 512 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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In love with names, riffs, stories and language, this is a good-natured, underedited, serio-comic take on war, ecology, capitalism and human nature, loosely gathered around the development of its central character, who is semi-adopted by the Lubitsches, wins a place at university, is captured and...

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The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop In the aftermath of an apocalyptic war, an anonymous narrator an...

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The Guardian

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The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway 532pp, Heinemann, £17.99 The great thing about a post-apocalyptic world is that pretty much anything can happen in it.

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The events leading to the war — a small nation refusing to pay interest on a loan from an international banking group it neither asked for nor ever used — are a excellent example of Harkaway's incisive turns at satire.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

But as we get to know our hero further, Harkaway posits the possibility that his existence could be just as tenuous as those who exist away from the pipe, half-formed in the wasteland.

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SF Site

But first we find ourselves journeying through the childhood to coming-of-age story of The Gone-Away World's narrator, who quickly establishes himself as a sharp observer of human behavior, and his story comes at us in a satirical, stream-of-consciousness, style with a dead-pan sense of humor t...

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About.com Bestsellers

And only for those with the taste for these types of stories: a tale of British post-apocalypse with all the dark, wry and zany wit that comes when your heroic best friend’s name is Gonzo.ProsImagination unlimited.Harkaway’s got a great way with words and comic timing.You may find the main charac...

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Chamber Four

Harkaway instead backs up and, for the next 300 of the novel’s 500 pages, chronicles the lives of his two main characters: their childhoods, their political disillusionment and subsequent military training, and their involvement in the war that made the world gone-away.

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Austin Chronicle

"According to Sebastian, ideas have run away with the world," says the unnamed narrator by way of an anarchic, collegiate pal.

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io9

Nick Harkaway's first novel, The Gone Away World, proves that you can only talk about the really important things in the world by resorting to science fiction.

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SFX

It’s a post-holocaust novel, a coming-of-age rites-of-passage adolescent novel, a Maileresque Serious Book About War, a Frederick Forsyth thriller, the book Douglas Adams never wrote about Eastern martial arts, a science fiction collaboration between Van der Vogt and Christopher Priest, with joke...

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