Station Eleven Paperback – Jan 1 2015
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Yes. All this and more. This novel, by Canadian author Emily St. John Mandel is difficult to describe. There are many characters, many corresponding timelines, and many plots.
“Station Eleven” is definitely a unique novel. Although its theme (or one of them) is the overdone “post-apocalyptic” Earth, the story is not at all boring or derivative. Each character is important to the plot in some way, and they are, of course, all intertwined. The book was confusing in spots, as it often jumped from one place in time to another without warning, and I would’ve likely enjoyed it more had there been more of a structure to it.
The Traveling Symphony was the most interesting part by far, and all of the post-outbreak world, and I would’ve liked to have seen more of this in the plot. Arthur, the actor, played an extremely important part in the novel, and had connections to most of the characters that Mandel focused on. However, his role was not clearly defined until the very end of the book and I did not even understand why he existed at all until the final few chapters.
The novel is entirely different than I expected. Mandel is creative and her characters are realistic and well-defined.Read more ›
As we follow two decades of post-apocalyptic drama, St. John Mandel breathes life into what is undoubtedly the worst of times as mankind teeters on the brink. The rich tapestry of characters blend together, immersing the reader within their close personal thoughts and their subtle encounters. She has captured the realities of a world without hope. And yet within this dark saga of death and sadness there may still live some sliver of hope for the future.
An unusual element mixed in with this captivating tale and connected to its key characters is a graphic scifi novel that seems to parallel the tragedy itself adding its own unusual tale and flavour to the story.
Station Eleven begins in a highly compelling manner and never lets up. The initial setting is innocuous but fascinating. A production of King Lear is underway at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto and this, pardon the pun, sets the stage for the next twenty years. We are treated to a cast of characters who have been inextricably woven together in a plot that goes back and forth in an absorbing way. How the world fell apart, how people reacted to it and how they function after is artfully done. What must be credited is no unnecessary or gratuitous description of the resulting violence. Instead, my new best friend Emily, writes chillingly and more effectively, "Of all of them at the bar that night, the bartender was the one who survived the longest. He died three weeks later on the road out of the city."
The loss of what the characters once enjoyed in modern civilization permeates the book like an ever-present melancholy.Read more ›
I liked how the story went no where in particular--the hopelessness of it all is very palpable. When 99% of the world dies, you may be left with no one with any particular skills to rebuild anything in the new world, so you simply keep reusing whatever you can find forever until there is nothing. And yet, despite this, you have this travelling caravan of actors and musicians performing Shakespeare. And why not? Hope and beauty when there is none else left.
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A good look at what could be if this happened in our lifetime. Enjoyed the back & forth from past to future.Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent writing and a very thought provoking book.Published 3 months ago by Marisa Orth-Pallavicini
This could happen so it really struck home ...! Quite pleased with the ending.Published 4 months ago by Wendy J.
A post end of the world novel flashing back and forth between the present and the past for the characters.Published 4 months ago by Alann Demeester
...a pale imitation of David Mitchell's brilliant novels. Instead, it is plot driven, with a failed attempt to play with time and various character voices. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Libra
This book was like a treat offered to you by your neighbour from a different country - I didn't know what to expect, I wasn't quite sure where the story was leading me and I was... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Camile Gauthier