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Hard to follow at first but got interesting later on-about the world after a pandemic
Station Eleven is a novel written by Emily St.John Mandel that talks about the cause and impact of the Georgia Flu pandemic, which kills most of the population. It explores the lives of many characters that were affected, and describes their connection to the pandemic and how it has impacted their mindset/lives. The way that each chapter overlaps with other chapters makes the book extremely riveting and thrilling the read, as you continuously want to keep reading and find out what has happened to each character. Reading this during the current pandemic was very unsettling, as station eleven( a fiction book) has many similarities that overlap with the covid 19 pandemic such as the way it was handled and the new leaders of power that emerged from them. Although some chapters dragged a little bit, it picked up later in the book. I strongly recommend this\book to anyone as they can make connections and analyze how it relates to our current time period.
Distressing to read during the pandemic; to compare what went wrong in that scenario ( the core of society did not hold) and think about what can still go wrong today.
I don't know if there was an artistic advantage to that bouncing back and forth in time, if found that confusing. Nevertheless the story line and the characters are engrossing and I could not put the book down.
Society collapsed because that virus moved so fast. Will the new COVID mutations strike humanity at a speed which we can no longer cope with?
Mandel brilliantly tells a story of a group of Shakespearian actors who each have their own personal biography. The book switches between before and after a deadly flu pandemic and what transpires in the future world without any form of life as it was. The next generation knows little of the past world and its technology. It read a little like "The Road" and had a character like Warren Jeffs. Madel wove in and out of various scenarios without losing the reader and bringing a large spans of time and events to a glorious conclusion.
Reading this novel in the midst of the covid 19 pandemic was a little unsettling but I couldn’t put it down. Definitely worth a read.
Station Eleven is a dystopian novel about a time during and after the Georgia
Flu, which was a large epidemic that took out most of the civilizations around the
world. It takes place in flashbacks both before the plague, in a pre-apocalyptic
setting, and in a post-apocalyptic setting, in which the characters have to survive in
the remains of the world. I really enjoyed this book, because the plague seems
similar to the COVID-19 pandemic, although the current COVID-19 pandemic is
nowhere as deadly as the plague in the novel. I would definitely recommend this
novel to others, as it is very interesting and a fun read.
"Station Eleven" is riveting and a bit terrifying in a way no supernatural thriller could be. I highly reccommend this book. Knowing that it was published in 2014 makes it all the more eerie.
"Station 11" by Emily St. John Mandel is a book written about the impacts on the world by a pandemic, similar to the one we are currently experiencing in 2020. In the book, a disease called the Georgian Flu spreads from people to people and eventually leads to a point where civilization falls. The author writes from many different perspectives from before and after the pandemic, through characters such as Miranda, Arthur, Jeevan, and Kirsten. Miranda and Arthur are used to show "normal life" before the pandemic, Jeevan experiences the start of the pandemic and watches civilization fall, and Kirsten is from the future showing the impacts the pandemic had on the word. I think this book is a great read and definitely gives us perspective on the coronavirus pandemic that the world is going through right now.
The time line jumped around all over the place, so it was difficult to keep track of who was where, when. Way too much about the actor who dies in the first chapter, an egotistical womanizer, whose ex-wives feature prominently in the plot. Other than that, a compelling read, I was looking for similarities to what we are going through now with the Covid pandemic.
Currently living through a pandemic has given me some insight that I wouldn't have had if I'd read this book when it initially came out. I'm not sure if this is a good or bad thing but it did make me shake my head in frustration when, in the first couple of chapters, one of the characters goes to the store and buys carts and carts of food and toilet paper. "That is so selfish!," I yelled as I remembered the days in March when I couldn't find a single roll. Frustrating as the character's actions were, I couldn't help but also give a knowing nod to the author as she clearly knew how humans would act in this scenario maybe by studying history or maybe by prophecy (which would be quite fitting here). I did truly enjoy this book. The way the stories unfolded, it was almost a mystery at times and although occasionally violent, I appreciated a dystopian novel that wasn't steeped in gore.
I found this novel very well-written and I enjoyed reading it very much. I particularly liked the ways the stories kept overlapping and connecting and I did not feel any of these connections were obvious or foreshadowed. I loved being surprised.
"All three caravans of the Travelling Symphony are labelled as such, THE TRAVELLING SYMPHONY lettered in white of both sides, but the lead caravan carries an additional line of text:
Because survival is insufficient"
This book was def overhyped by the time I got around to it. I'm not feeling the same connection to Covid, I don't worry about my society collapsing, also the limited time spent on people actually being sick make it feel like a it was immediately over. It was very interesting at first but as time went on I was getting too much unnecessary info and not enough explanation of others...it's like so many things were forgotten and never coming back. Maybe it's on purpose but it's no less frustrating.
Things I did like: people checking their memories against each other (light in the fridge, chocolate chip cookies)
Did not like: how things are connected but not connected enough, and the treatment of women, even though most of the violence happens outside the main story.
We listened to this on a recent road-trip. It was a good middle ground for my partner and I who have different taste in genres - I like romance and fantasy; he likes noir mystery. We really enjoyed it - especially currently living in a pandemic. We were captivated by the characters and various story lines. It was so fascinating to see them intersect and fun to guess at what was to come. We paused it multiple times while listening to discuss certain parts or give our theories for where a certain character's story would go. Listening to the book gave us the sense of living in the story. We loved it.
An incredibly surreal, gorgeous, and devastating experience to accidentally pick this up during a pandemic, read in quarantine. Unforgettable, really.
When I downloaded this nearly 18 months ago I did not realize a specific part was missing. After reading the book (my copy) I finally figured out what is missing. Now I'm on the long waitlist to reload. IMO there are several points where the author dropped the ball, however, most importantly it was her first book. Maybe the editor could have pointed out various 'issues'. That said, this has become a favorite read/listen and I feel there is much to be examined, pondered. I've returned to it frequently and found new aspects I can take further. Age and experience has a lot to do with acceptance, understanding. Don't dismiss it out of hand as it seems several reviews have done. I've heard Scots whisky is an acquired taste as opposed to bourbon, as is haggis or curry. This has become an acquired taste for me.
I really liked "Station Eleven" even though I read it in the middle of the current COVID-19 pandemic and that did make parts of the story hit a little closer to the bone. The characters were likeable, which is really important to me as a reader. I don't have much patience with novels full of characters I don't care about at all. I noticed a few comments here about how the ending was great. For me it fell a little flat and that's why I am going with 4 stars instead of 5. I felt like I would have liked to read a little more about the conversations that happened between Clark and Kirsten, but they are mostly left implied.
I did not finish this book because I could not believe that two years after a pandemic that leaves the population with no gasoline or electricity there would still be much of an entertainment industry. The lack of being able to move food around the country would require that those who did not starve to death return to a completely agrarian lifestyle which would leave very little time for an entertainment industry.
In Station Eleven, a deadly pandemic strikes, and civilization as we know it collapses. The timeline isn’t linear, which sometimes bothers me in a novel, but it’s done so well in this book. There’s plenty of jumping around to different characters and time periods (pre- and post- pandemic), but I was deeply invested in each storyline and it was clear how everything fit together, so it didn’t get confusing. There are so many strong themes that lend themselves to discussion. The ways we process trauma, what it means to survive, and the search for purpose in life are just a few that resonated with me. I will definitely re-read this one.
It is a solid novel on topic which was tried before and will be explored in future as well. Honestly can’t see what was the hype all about, except being very much relevant right now.
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I really wanted to like this book because it seems to be so loved. But while it was propelling at the start & almost the end, it just fell flat for me. Some things dropped as tantalizing clues are never resolved. The characters are written like archetypes whose motives are not fully or convincingly explained, particularly the villain's. Because there's never a chapter from the villan's point of view, I was left baffled & wondering why the villain became the way he/she is. I also love graphic novels but the story within a story (graphic novel whose title is the book's title) was not compelling with clunky text and minimally explained plot.
Finally, the main conceit of the novel is not factually sound, which made it harder to get into the book. (SPOILER ALERT - I ran this by a family member who works in infectious disease, & any virus deadly & efficient enough to kill within 1-2 days, even if transmitted through the air, would NOT wipe out 99% of the population because it would kill the host before being able to be transmitted to another host! Canada & the U.S. particularly have too many rural expanses to expect that it would have reached so many people). The author even admits this (https://www.vulture.com/2020/03/glass-house-station-eleven-emily-st-john-mandel.html). But I'm glad I read it, & it's given me an interesting viewpoint on not taking the things we have for granted.
This is one of those books that stayed with me long after I finished it. A virus wipes out most of the world’s population, but a small group called the Symphony is determined to keep music and Shakespeare alive through traveling performances. Jumping between flashbacks to life before the virus and trying to survive after it, Station Eleven connects characters’ lives to each other in both worlds.
What always fascinates me in books like these is how an ordinary place that we take for granted now becomes a totally different experience in a world after an apocalypse-type event. In this story, it’s the house that has not been looted in the twenty years since the virus and the airport that becomes a small city of survivors.
After finishing, I immediately went to the Google machine to see if there was a sequel. Sadly, there isn’t, and the author isn’t planning one. That’s too bad; there would be many more stories to tell in this world.