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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven

by Emily St. John Mandel

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This book reminds me of everything I take for granted in modern society. Like toilets and antibiotics. ( )
  Deracine | May 1, 2019 |
That was a lovely and well paced book. ( )
  authenticjoy | Mar 29, 2019 |
Very different book in the way it is constructed with time zones before and after a terrible flu outbreak that kills nearly everyone on the planet, the same night that an actor in King Lear called Arthur dies on stage from a heart attack. The death is significant in that Arthur is somehow connected in the future to Kirsten, ( who witnessed it as a child actor on stage) a survivor of the flu who 20 years later is an actor herself and comes across The Prophet, a man who believes he survived the disaster so he could rule and bring peace to the world by ANY means.
There is violence and a flitting between the before and after flu times and a host of characters whose lives revolve or are in some way connected to Arthur and Kirsten. (For instance Kirsten has in her possession a hand drawn comic that was created by one of Arthur's wives)
Loved the twists and turns - this is a great bridge book between the logical progression of most young adult novels to the different way that many Adult novels are created. ( )
  nicsreads | Mar 25, 2019 |
Super good! I raced through it in two days. The post-apocalyptic setting was an excellent back drop for the story and I loved the characters. The world and the story were so well written you can't help but be drawn into them.

The focus of the book is not the plot, which was good, but the lives of the characters. It was fascinating how they intertwined. How chance meetings and seeming simple actions changed the course of peoples lives.

Even is you are not a fan of Sci-Fi you should read this. If you are a fan of Nora Roberts this is one for you. ( )
  purpledog | Mar 14, 2019 |
Good stuff. Some really interesting touchpoints here from Hollywood celebrity through esoteric comic book projects and post-apocalyptic road novels with a tiny side-glace at Justin Cronin's The Passage.

I worked out the identity of the only kinda-antagonist fairly early on, but I don't think it mattered too much. Despite the high-concept elevator pitch for this book, it was always more about character than plot... that and Shakespeare. ( )
1 vote asxz | Mar 13, 2019 |
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Station Eleven is not so much about apocalypse as about memory and loss, nostalgia and yearning; the effort of art to deepen our fleeting impressions of the world and bolster our solitude. Mandel evokes the weary feeling of life slipping away, for Arthur as an individual and then writ large upon the entire world.
added by zhejw | editThe Guardian, Justine Jordan (Sep 25, 2014)
Survival may indeed be insufficient, but does it follow that our love of art can save us? If “Station Eleven” reveals little insight into the effects of extreme terror and misery on humanity, it offers comfort and hope to those who believe, or want to believe, that doomsday can be survived, that in spite of everything people will remain good at heart, and that when they start building a new world they will want what was best about the old.
added by zhejw | editNew York Times, Sigrid Nunez (Sep 12, 2014)
Mandel’s solid writing and magnetic narrative make for a strong combination in what should be a breakout novel.
added by sturlington | editKirkus Reviews (Jun 17, 2014)

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The bright side of the planet moves toward darkness
And the cities are falling asleep, each in its hour,
And for me, now as then, it is too much.
There is too much world.
—Czeslaw Milosz
The Separate Notebooks
In Memory of Emilie Jacobson
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The king stood in a pool of blue light, unmoored. This was act 4 of King Lear, a winter night at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto.
Jeevan's understanding of disaster preparedness was based entirely on action movies, but on the other hand, he'd seen a lot of action movies.
There had always been a massive delicate infrastructure of people, all of them working unnoticed around us, and when people stop going to work, the entire operation grinds to a halt.
I was here for the end of electricity.
He would jettison everything that could possibly be thrown overboard, this weight of money and possessions, and in this casting off he'd be a lighter man.
We traveled so far and your friendship meant everything. It was very difficult, but there were moments of beauty. Everything ends. I am not afraid.
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An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

One snowy night, Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a performance of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur's chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theater, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded, and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside an apartment, watching out the window as cars clog the highways, gunshots ring out, and life disintegrates around them.

Fifteen years later, Kirsten is an actress with the Traveling Symphony. Together, this small troupe moves between the settlements of an altered world, performing Shakespeare and music for scattered communities of survivors. Written on their caravan, and tattooed on Kirsten's arm, is a line from Star Trek: "Because survival is insufficient." But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who digs graves for anyone who dares to leave.

Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty. As Arthur falls in and out of love, as Jeevan watches the newscasters say their final goodbyes, and as Kirsten finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the prophet, we see the strange twists of fate that connect them all. A novel of art, memory, and ambition, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.

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One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production. Jeevan Chaudhary, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur's chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theater, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside as life disintegrates outside. This novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor's first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.… (more)

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