Retrata a história de uma comunidade em que a indústria metalúrgica foi lentamente desaparecendo e todos os problemas daí derivados, entremeados com a história de uma personagem produto dessa comunidade.
Recomendo o livro e a lerem-no com calma: o ritmo da história é exasperadamente lento, mas ganha-se-lhe o gosto.
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Hoje encontrei uma entrevista ao autor de um outro livro que aparentemente aborda o mesmo tópico, "The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America" («A riveting examination of a nation in crisis, from one of the finest political journalists of our generation»).
O livro aparenta seguir a história de três americanos com histórias diferentes mas que retratam a decadência, económica ou moral, e a sensação de falta de confiança nas instituições que supostamente protegem o povo americano. Deixo a seguir um snippet da página onde se encontra a entrevista, que poderão ler em "The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, no site do Carnegie Council"
Curiosamente, a imagem escolhida para esse artigo é uma que poderia ser a escolhida para o "A Ferrugem Americana":
Passo a citar o início do artigo The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America (por George Packer, Joanne J. Myers) publicado no site do Carnegie Council.
IntroductionJOANNE MYERS: Good morning. I'm Joanne Myers, and on behalf of the Carnegie Council I'd like to welcome our members and guests and to thank you for joining us.
George Packer is our speaker. It is a pleasure to welcome him back to the Carnegie Council.
If you've read any of George's earlier books or his essays in The New Yorker, you won't need me to tell you what a wonderful writer and storyteller he is. George captures your attention, holds your interest, and leaves you wanting to read more. His recent publication, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, is just one more example in a growing list of outstanding and memorable books that George has penned.
As we go about our daily life, we may not always be aware that changes are taking place, carrying us in new directions towards another time, a new situation. Even so, there are Americans today who feel that life has changed for them and they are leaving what once was the American dream. They will tell you that there is no one to help them. Strong institutions that once supported aspirations of the middle classes, especially since the 1930s, are no longer.
Disparity of wealth has led to widening inequality, material success, and moral decline. Elites seem to be doing better and better, but average citizens are falling behind. While some are on the winning side of this divide, others are adrift.
Storytelling is often thought of as entertainment, a diversion that can take you somewhere you have not been before. But stories or narratives can also be used to convey a particular moment in time. With national debates swirling around unemployment, foreclosures, debt, religion, government, and private enterprise, pundits are reporting that our nation is in crisis. George Packer agrees.
In The Unwinding, George shares with us a string of personal and penetrating narratives about the experiences of ordinary Americans. Their stories alternate with thumbnail sketches of celebrity Americans, such as Newt Gingrich and Oprah, to capture a new America which reveals that something seems not quite right in this land of opportunity, in this land of the American dream. If you're wondering if things can really be all that bad, all you have to do is listen to their stories.
But, first, to do so you have to join me in welcoming our guest, George Packer. Welcome to the Carnegie Council.
Podem ler o resto em "The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, por George Packer, Joanne J. Myers "