- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (14 Aug. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0374224242
- ISBN-13: 978-0374224240
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 0.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,093,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Odds Against Tomorrow Hardcover – 14 Aug 2013
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Praise for The Mayor's Tongue. A brilliantly told novel, by turns terrifying, touching, and wildly funny. --Stephen King. An author who could well become one of the defining writers of his generation.--The Sunday Telegraph. A spare masterpiece.The Boston Globe --Various
About the Author
Nathaniel Rich is the author of The Mayor's Tongue. His essays and short fiction have appeared in Harper's Magazine, The New York Review of Books, McSweeney's, and The New York Times Magazine. Born in New York City, he now lives in New Orleans.
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Never obvious what will happen next; a real plus.
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As a cli-fi apocalypse scenario, I feel I was sold a ticket to a Kiefer Sutherland movie, but got Donald Sutherland instead. The two principal figures float through the ravaged landscape in more than a physical sense. They never run out of supplies or money before reaching a destination, they are without electricity for a scant couple of days, and, most significantly for me, every time they encounter a human-conflict situation, their solution is to run like rabbits.But they're not so much lone wolves as voyeurs with a huge bankroll.
And, BTW, what is the animosity toward Winnetka all about? Essentially every characterization of the town that comes through Jane Eppler’s mouth is wildly inaccurate and/or absurd. Is this supposed to be humorous? An attempt to best Bill Murray’s SNL description of next-door Wilmette as “a small coal-mining town north of Chicago”? Or is it Rich’s payback to some particularly obnoxious Winnetkan(s) who crossed his path at Yale?
This would be a wonderful read for high-school and college-aged students looking for an environmental book that is packed with tension and action! The amount of papers that could be written on this book is endless, and I'm surprised at the lack of articles on it, although it is a 2014 book.
Regardless of that squabble, the fact is that Nathaniel Rich's book is highly entertaining and an excellent read - but it's also the kind of read that makes you think after you've closed the book, a definite plus!
Somehow, though, nothing in the book was ever quite satisfying. The setting (a thin slice of New York) never came to life. The characters never seemed real or likeable. The dialogue ranged from formulaic to pretty bad. Even the disaster event itself was mostly unsatisfying, happening somewhat "off-stage", after which the plot takes an oddly quixotic road trip to "Lord of the Flies"-ville, then meanders back to New York until it washes up on some kind of conclusion. (And yeah, what was with the first-person character in the beginning? It was like a framing device they forgot to come back to!)
Despite the frustrations, the book managed to hold my attention just enough to finish it -- and was even funny / exciting in a couple spots -- so it gets three stars.
I have also some trouble understanding why Mitchell would stay in town when the storm hits, and why people trust him as some kind of authority on storms even though his field of expertise is statistics, not meteorology.
The basic idea of having a math genius making a lot of money from predicting risks for rich clients is interesting for a global warming novel. I liked that part.
I am sure that the insurance industry employs people like Mitchell to figure out how much premiums they need to charge. All things equal, more risk means more business for insurance companies.
But I don't think that he would be able to say anything about individual storms hitting any individual area. With global warming we know that extreme weather events will become more frequent and more damaging, but we don't know when and where exactly they will hit.