[BOOKS] ⚣ Notes from an Apocalypse: A Personal Journey to the End of the World and Back ⚡ Mark O'Connell – Loufanet.info

There are a lot of people who think our time is up That is what Notes From An Apocalypse explores It is a very dark depressing journey, which fortunately ends on a note of hope Mark O Connell is a very self conscious writer He is aware of the contradictions in everyday life, the conflicts in his own being, and the privilege he enjoys as a white, middle class Irish author His examination of where we seem to be heading exploits all of those things in his own personality For example, he point There are a lot of people who think our time is up That is what Notes From An Apocalypse explores It is a very dark depressing journey, which fortunately ends on a note of hope Mark O Connell is a very self conscious writer He is aware of the contradictions in everyday life, the conflicts in his own being, and the privilege he enjoys as a white, middle class Irish author His examination of where we seem to be heading exploits all of those things in his own personality For example, he points out the invention of the ship was also the invention of the shipwreck Every silver lining, as they say O Connell focuses on doom He drives himself to depression researching things like preppers, who are stocking up for a Mad Max future of every man for himself He notes the obvious selfishness of it, ignoring the suffering in the world or even the neighborhood in favor of guns, powdered imitation foods, and bunkers It s a white, patriarchal vision he can t relate to But then, O Connell is a self proclaimed socialist, so he carries the weight of the world on his shoulders He says What had made America great was the western progress of white migrants It was the northern progress of nonwhite migrants that threatened it He visits a developer selling those bunkers in South Dakota, and traces the route of Peter Thiel, who bought himself a New Zealand passport and lots of land to protect himself from the end times he also thinks are coming in his lifetime just not in New Zealand, apparently O Connell says the freedom to act purely in one s own interest, without having to consider the interests of others seemed to me the most bloodless and decrepit conception of freedom imaginable The notion of escaping beyond politics was, in other words, inescapably political It was a dream of dissolving all entanglements with, and obligations towards, other people This amounted to nothing less, in my view, than the dissolving of life itself Then, way beyond New Zealand, the Mars people come under scrutiny They think moving to Mars and living entirely underground will give them freedom, no government, no regulations, and a new life under a cold planet O Connell doesn t state the obvious, but if that s what will save humanity, they could burrow under Montana and achieve the same thing in proper gravity, air and water.O Connell goes so far as to visit Chernobyl, a depressing monument turned into a tourist trap, exhibiting all the trappings of the set of a sci fi endtimes film Basically, he goes to the ends of the earth to find who is preparing for the end of the world, and what that might look like.And he tells it all to his therapist, who spends her time trying to point him towards cheerier thoughts She also has to deal with his fear of moths The thought of one brushing against his skin is enough to make him leave the room It s a very different premise for a book, but O Connell is an intelligent analyst, and he makes it work.In the end of the book , it is his two young children, possessing no agenda of their own, who give him hope and inspiration that not only must life go on, but that this is the only time for life to go on There are no options offered.David Wineberg 3.5, rounded up.This is either the perfect book to take one s mind off the current pandemic or perhaps, the absolute worse one to read in such times depending on the kind of person you are O Connell s personal essays addressing various aspects of our apocalyptic end times preppers, Mars colonizers, Chernobyl tourists, billionaires hunkering down in New Zealand, nature retreatants are only loosely connected by that common thread, and the book as a whole somewhat reminds me of Mary Roach s 3.5, rounded up.This is either the perfect book to take one s mind off the current pandemic or perhaps, the absolute worse one to read in such times depending on the kind of person you are O Connell s personal essays addressing various aspects of our apocalyptic end times preppers, Mars colonizers, Chernobyl tourists, billionaires hunkering down in New Zealand, nature retreatants are only loosely connected by that common thread, and the book as a whole somewhat reminds me of Mary Roach s superior examples of such journalistic forays, minus her snarky humor It s fast paced, readable, and, if possible, made me detest Elon Musk and Peter Thielthan I already did But, being childless myself, I found it hard to swallow his rosy eyed conclusion that, as Whitney once sang the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way , which is a little too simplistic and optimistic, given what s come beforehand I sidewith his earlier premise that the world is so irredeemably messed up now, that it s almost criminal to procreate Note I received an ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley Considering just how much anxiety I feel about these present times in general, I was surprised by just how much I ended up enjoying Notes from an Apocalypse O Connell s various tours to explore how different groups and people are preparing for the possible end is done so with both a critical eye and also a great deal of wit Yet as he journeys about and makes his sharp observations, there s always the constant undercurrent of his own v Note I received an ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley Considering just how much anxiety I feel about these present times in general, I was surprised by just how much I ended up enjoying Notes from an Apocalypse O Connell s various tours to explore how different groups and people are preparing for the possible end is done so with both a critical eye and also a great deal of wit Yet as he journeys about and makes his sharp observations, there s always the constant undercurrent of his own very strong, and very open fears about what the future brings, often to the point where he cannot help but empathize at times with his subjects even when he finds them to be otherwise ridiculous in so many ways It s this honesty about his personal journey to try and reconcile himself with what lies ahead that turns a just a genuinely interesting book into a strangely therapeutic work that I think many anxious people this reader included can and will very much appreciate meh The subtitle personal journey is on point here It definitely is the author s own personal reflections on the not so promising state of the world and this was pre covid , and his conflicting feelings on raising kids into such a world, how to inspire them and keep the positivity I do like the author s writing, he s realistic and honest and not preachy, but this book struggled to have a reason to be for the reader what the reader should get out of reading it so even with the tou meh The subtitle personal journey is on point here It definitely is the author s own personal reflections on the not so promising state of the world and this was pre covid , and his conflicting feelings on raising kids into such a world, how to inspire them and keep the positivity I do like the author s writing, he s realistic and honest and not preachy, but this book struggled to have a reason to be for the reader what the reader should get out of reading it so even with the touches of humor it left me rather un inspired upon finishing A Fantastic Book It S Harrowing, Tender Hearted, And Funny As Hell O Connell Proves Himself To Be A Genius Guide Through All The Circles Of Imagined And Anticipated Doom Jenny Offill By The Author Of The Award Winning To Be A Machine, An Absorbing, Deeply Felt Book About Our Anxious Present Tense And Coming To Grips With The FutureWe Re Alive In A Time Of Worst Case Scenarios The Weather Has Gone Uncanny Our Old Postwar Alliances Are Crumbling Everywhere You Look There S An Omen, A Joke Whose Punchline Is The End Of The World How Is A Person Supposed To Live In The Shadow Of Such A Grim Future What Does It Mean To Have Children Nothing If Not An Act Of Hope What Might It Be Like To Live Through The Worst And What On Earth Is Anybody Doing About It Dublin Based Writer Mark O Connell Is Consumed By These Questions And, As The Father Of Two Young Children Himself, He Finds Them Increasingly Urgent In Notes From An Apocalypse, He Crosses The Globe In Pursuit Of Answers He Tours Survival Bunkers In South Dakota He Ventures To New Zealand, A Favored Retreat Of Billionaires Banking On Civilization S Collapse He Engages With Would Be Mars Colonists, Preppers, Right Wing Conspiracists And He Bears Witness To Those Places, Like Chernobyl, That The Future Has Already Visited Real Life Portraits Of The End Of The World As We Know It In Doing So, He Comes To A Resolution, While Offering Readers A Unique Window Into Our Contemporary ImaginationBoth Investigative And Deeply Personal, Notes From An Apocalypse Is An Affecting, Humorous, And Surprisingly Hopeful Meditation On Our Present Moment With Insight, Humanity, And Wit, O Connell Leaves You To Wonder What If The End Of The World Isn T The End Of The World Not great for my crockpot full of existential anxieties but beautifully written A highlight of the year 4.5 Nothing could beimportant in, as it were, the end than unflinching engagement with the reality that we as a species might be finally and irrevocably fucked.A stunning follow up to To Be A Machine O Connell s reliably exquisite prose, penetrating and perspective shifting insights, biting humor, and heart wrenching evocations of emotion are all masterfully deployed in this exploration of our collective eschatological unease As someone who shares so many of his anxieties and fascinations, th Nothing could beimportant in, as it were, the end than unflinching engagement with the reality that we as a species might be finally and irrevocably fucked.A stunning follow up to To Be A Machine O Connell s reliably exquisite prose, penetrating and perspective shifting insights, biting humor, and heart wrenching evocations of emotion are all masterfully deployed in this exploration of our collective eschatological unease As someone who shares so many of his anxieties and fascinations, this is exactly the book I needed to read right now If you, too, are obsessed with the idea of an imminent collapse of civilization, and want to explore what that actually means, I can t recommend it enough It was okay3 5 I didn t think it was possible to read about the coming apocalypse and be bored The author is very philosophical and examines ways to deal with his fear of the future and guilt for bringing children into the world He has chapters on bunkers in South Dakota, estates in New Zealand, trips to Mars, desolate corners of England, and touring Chernobyl But I was so bored that even Chernobyl seemed fun The only point I realized is that I need waymoney to survive in the future. 5 Stars After accidentally deleting perhaps my longest most in depth review to date, before hitting submit I m going to take some time before attempting to rewrite risking spontaneous combustion What I will say, is that this little cracker of a book, is unlike anything else I ve read in one special unique way You ll be sitting down and quite literally rolling side to side, stretching the corners of your mouth out wide, cackling up and down, spit spraying the works laughing, whilst 5 Stars After accidentally deleting perhaps my longest most in depth review to date, before hitting submit I m going to take some time before attempting to rewrite risking spontaneous combustion What I will say, is that this little cracker of a book, is unlike anything else I ve read in one special unique way You ll be sitting down and quite literally rolling side to side, stretching the corners of your mouth out wide, cackling up and down, spit spraying the works laughing, whilst in the very same breath, but in contextof a non linear fashion, with that very same laughter echoing in the surrounding acoustics, be stone cold mother help me please, bone reverberating, hair gone fuzzy type terrified And be comfortably clear about the gut wrenching deep rotted sense of foreboding about what may lay ahead for us all.Mark O Connor has written a mini epic that takes no passengers, and in fact, opposed to what can often occur in say a Bryson or even Steinbeck at times, where characters introduced cascade into the background once their purpose is established etc, each bug out loving stop along this witty, self probing sheerly delicious novel, has an utmost impact is treated as a collaboratorthan a narrative utensil..Whether you re a Doomsday Prepping fantasist, like myself, someone whom does have some small sense that our time may be waining in this planet, or if you re a nay sayers who thinks anyone that holds even a slight candle to the flame of the End Of Days It s most irrelevant, because the disgusting ease with which this novel is written will not omg allow the book to read itself, but it will line your pockets with intrigue babe you gorging on anecdotal honey snacks until you find yourself reading the blurb whilst thinking how the hell could I possibly be finished already I nye on guarantee it but I don t cus guarantees well they suck.Enjoy, happy reading Notes from an Apocalypse: A Personal Journey to the End of the World and Back


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