Tuesday, 4 April 2017
A City And Ravens
In a post-apocalypse scenario, the few survivors live on the land while nature reclaims abandoned cities so what is it like in one of those cities? The former West Salem is a wasteland covered by brush and incipient forest:
"...an occasional chimney or snag of wall reared out of a green jungle..." (p. 299)
There is a "...treacherous net of bramble, vine, car-wrecks, twisted metal, scattered brick and glass shards..." (ibid.)
Wrecked cars, logs and accumulated rubbish form giant dams, threatening bridges. Buildings have collapsed. Ruins are mined. A few lunatics in cellars might live on rats and rabbits. Bandit gangs look for hideouts. There are mass graves. It creeps Havel out.
Ravens gather when a fight is brewing. Is this true, though?