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Station Eleven af Emily St. John Mandel
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Station Eleven (udgave 2015)

af Emily St. John Mandel (Forfatter)

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One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time-from the actor's early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains-this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding 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. Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, 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.… (mere)
Medlem:ReecaMayer
Titel:Station Eleven
Forfattere:Emily St. John Mandel (Forfatter)
Info:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group (2015), Edition: Reprint, 352 pages
Samlinger:April
Vurdering:*****
Nøgleord:Ingen

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Station Eleven af Emily St. John Mandel

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This is a book that best fits into the genre of "speculative fiction" as defined by Margaret Atwood in her book on that subject; however while within that genre it is a complex blend of dystopian science fiction and fantasy.

The narrative centers on a group of actors and musicians who form a troupe called the "Traveling Symphony". Geographically centered on Canada and the Great Lakes area of the Midwestern United States this intricately plotted, post-apocalyptic nightmare ranges back and forth across the 60 years straddling "Year Zero," its five protagonists linked first by chance and ultimately by love: The actor, Arthur Leander, who gathers and discards friends and lovers with a casual cruelty he often mistakes for good intentions; Clark Thompson, Arthur's best friend; Miranda Carroll, his second wife; Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo, turned entertainment journalist, turned EMT; and Kirsten Raymonde (my favorite and the most fully realized character), a child actress at the start of the novel and its conscience by the end.

Although some chapters take place in Manhattan, Toronto, or British Columbia, the bulk of the action unfolds as Kirsten and the Traveling Symphony make a circuit between Traverse City, Michigan and the Ohio border, playing classical music, staging Shakespeare, scrounging for food and shelter (although the scrounging varied in intensity and sometimes contributed to the disjunct I refer to below), and, in the novel's final third, confronting horrors I don't presume to divulge because I want you to experience this fantasy of life after death novel yourself.

This reader's experience was uneven because it was conflicted by the author's excellent prose style - offset by gaping holes in the narrative that weakened the plot while some of the primary characters were weakly portrayed. The overall way to describe the difficulty I encountered is that the core story could have been set anywhere and anytime, that what I found was a disjunct that diminished the connection between the overarching setting of the flu pandemic (the pandemic itself being one of the weak aspects of the story) and the devastation facing the main characters centered on the travails of the the Traveling Symphony. The result was a book that I wanted to like but did not enjoy reading as much as I believe I would have absent the inherent weaknesses. ( )
  jwhenderson | May 13, 2021 |
I don't get it.
  Stacie-C | May 8, 2021 |
As I am not a science fiction fan, this was often a book I saw at Powells, picked up numerous times on account of it’s beautiful yet simple cover, then eventually put down because I wasn’t into post-apocalyptic themes. How wrong I was!

I now believe that this isn’t a science fiction novel per say, but literature with futuristic ideals accompanied by a dystopian civilization. I was fascinated by the imagination Mandel used and surprised by how quickly I was sucked in. I found that I could relate to certain things like taking airplanes, iPhones, credit cards and newspapers for granted. It’s easy to do the same things every day without a second thought and I think Mandel captured this perfectly and was able to show the readers what could potentially be lost (ie McDonalds).

Despite the novels length, I wanted more of each character. I know that Jeevan’s character was essentially a tool for the plot so I understand why we saw so little of him, but I would have liked to learn more about Tyler. What happened in between leaving Severn City and becoming a prophet? Where was Elizabeth? For being such a sadistic character, I was interested in the development of his psyche but understand that we knew enough to understand that the prophet was Tyler.

I really enjoyed Miranda’s role in the story and felt I identified most with her. Confused about her life and her passions, she made a bold move by marrying Arthur and then again 3 years later by divorcing him. I admired her courageousness to start anew and become a successful businesswoman while nurturing her love of drawing and writing. And although it was sad for her to die alone, it was a suitable ending for her solitary life.

I was a bit confused about the title while reading it. I felt that the reason Mandel chose the name was for the symbolism between worlds: Earth after the Georgia Flu and the characters stuck on Station Eleven. Both were lost in worlds of despair with civilization in view. I thought it was a good parallel connecting the two but also thought it’d be stronger if there was more of a connection to Station Eleven. Perhaps if Tyler had mentioned it while he was living in the airport and it was dubbed the name. ( )
  booksforbrunch | May 5, 2021 |
A very timely read, considering the premise is based on a world where a pandemic has taken over and caused the collapse of society. The majority of the book is in the dystopian future where all the modern conveniences have stopped. The main focus of the book is about an aging actor who stars in a play that takes place in Toronto, Ontario. Overall a good read, it does jump around a lot between timelines, but not in an overall confusing way, but well organized to enhance the storyline. Definitely recommended read if you are looking for a story of multiple characters and how they all relate to each other... It does have some eery similarities to the current pandemic and the possibilities if things get a lot worse... ( )
  sjh4255 | May 4, 2021 |
A fantastic and timely book that, for the first time in years, I couldn't put down until I had finished. Station Eleven is terrifying, sorrowful, and beautiful in equal measures. It manages to weave its various characters and timelines together in a way that falls neatly into place while still being an easy and free-flowing read. ( )
  shotagofish | May 3, 2021 |
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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.
tilføjet af zhejw | RedigerThe 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.
tilføjet af zhejw | RedigerNew 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.
tilføjet af sturlington | RedigerKirkus Reviews (Jun 17, 2014)
 

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One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time-from the actor's early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains-this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding 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. Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, 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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