The Media We Love: The Age of Miracles

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The Media We Love: The Age of Miracles

Deborah recommend age of miracles

age of miracles Written by Karen Thompson Walker, American author apocalyptic fantasy. We learn, early in the book, that the Earth’s rotation becomes slower, then slower, causing day and night to stretch…

I can imagine it. she was believableWhich says a lot It is the key to a good imagination. In the end, different objects rotate in space at different speeds. Science wasn’t perfect (at one point, Thompson said a total solar eclipse was called a lunar eclipse Shade), but no problem.

I would even go so far as to say that The Age of Miracles is one of my all-time favorite books. My last reading of this book, with the sweltering Texas summer ending in 2022, was my third time in the past ten years; The book was published in 2012.

The age of majority book

Perhaps it was the voice of the book’s heroine, Julia – who was 11 when the “slowdown” started – that brought me back to this book so many times. I remember a time 60 years ago, when I was 11 years old. And Thompson beautifully captures the voice of that woman and child, her deep knowledge of some things and a complete bewilderment about others. For example, why, wonders Julia, is she so lonely? She noticed that among her classmates:

Talents were rising to the surface, weaknesses starting to emerge, and we were figuring out what kind of person we were going to be. Some may turn out to be beautiful, some funny, and some shy. Some may be smarter, others will be more intelligent. Chubby women are likely to always be full. I felt that the lover would be loved for life. And I’m concerned that loneliness might work this way, too. Loneliness may have been imprinted in my genes, lying dormant for years, but now it’s turning into full bloom.

So, against the background of the slowing down of the Earth – a world whose day is at first a fraction of a second longer, then hours are longer, and eventually weeks are longer – Julia is aged.

Hope or sad?

I’ve learned that her parents’ relationship isn’t perfect. You learn about love and loss. She looks around as an 11-year-old, then a 12-year-old, in a rapidly changing world. It is where birds fall from the sky and people store food because the plants of the world are dying. Either the plants are getting too much continuous sunlight, too little, or both. And all the time, the Earth’s rotation is getting slower and slower.

I don’t know why, in my first two readings of age of miraclesI came away thinking this book was an “optimist.” It still seems like a powerful testament to the human spirit that most of the people in the book…carry on. that they adaptation Just as we humans can adapt, with our technologies as well as in our minds, in the face of profound natural change.

It’s not our fault

However, in this reading, at the age of 71, I couldn’t escape a topic Loss permeates the book. This time, the book seemed, above all, sad. That’s right, although, as many have noted, the book is an unusual example of the apocalyptic novel in that the disaster in the book is not man-made. Nobody started a nuclear war. Our human destruction of nature was not the cause. The disaster was completely out of human hands.

And I don’t want to say much more about the Age of Miracles, because the book is very thought-provoking and so on Fresh, even on the third reading. All I will say is that I have repeatedly recommended it to friends, and I highly recommend it.

Earth, as seen from below.
image via Jaymantry/ Pixels.

Bottom line: Deborah Bird recommends age of miracles Written by American writer Karen Thompson Walker. It’s a fictional and up-and-coming book, set against the backdrop of an unexplained natural slowdown in the Earth’s rotation.