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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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8,282644769 (4.09)1 / 901
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:Jwagen
Titel:Station Eleven
Forfattere:Emily St. John Mandel (Forfatter)
Info:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group (2015), Edition: Reprint, 352 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Nøgleord:Ingen

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Station Eleven af Emily St. John Mandel

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So... uhhh... I finished this book. or books. Was this actually 2 books that were shuffled together like a deck of cards? On the one hand, a fairly straight-forward depiction of life after the collapse of society. And then there was another book describing in much depth, the background of many people that did not survive said collapse of society; people that had no direct role in either the collapse or the life after the collapse. People whose lives were rather boring and (again) straight-forward.

I kept waiting for 2 things to happen, and only one of them actually did:
1) the reveal of the prophet. I pegged this one at exactly the 66% mark - when it was revealed that Clark, Elizabeth and Tyler's plane was diverted to Severn City
2) I thought - in fact, right up until the last page - that there was a chance that the world would turn out to be either Station Eleven itself, or Arthur's dying dream.

One thing that I liked about this book is that there weren't any zombies. There wasn't any supernatural forces come to raze the survivors. No aliens. Except for The Prophet, no maniacs seizing power. Just people trying to survive. Don't get me wrong - I love all of those things generally. But it is nice to see a story that can be made WITHOUT them. It makes those things a bit more special when they DO occur in a book.

Ok, so where are we with this review? The characters were mostly unexciting - not necessarily boring or intolerable - just ... blahhhhhh. (You know, like most people in Real Life). The post-collapse depiction was nice. The pre-collapse life took up way too much of the book. The connections between the characters was... pointless? So - I didn't hate reading this book. I didn't hate the ending. I wasn't bored. But I definitely didn't love it. So a straight-up middle-of-the-road 3/5 stars from me.

Audiobook notes - very nicely read by Kirsten Potter. Good production values. ( )
  KrakenTamer | Oct 23, 2021 |
Brief. Poetic. Interesting. I never really "got" the story but the concepts were engaging. ( )
  nosborm | Oct 10, 2021 |
Loved it. After a strong start, I briefly began to fear the book would devolve into something akin to Karen Thompson Walker's similarly hyped-up, yet utterly wretched Age of Miracles. Luckily, Ms. St. John Mandel displays far more talent than that. I need to track down her other novels. Station Eleven is melancholy, elegiac even, but has a very hopeful, humanistic viewpoint. It's a quote-unquote post-apocalyptic novel that says a lot about how we live in our society now - thankfully, in a subtle, understated way, not by slamming you in the head with facile, overwrought Big Thoughts About Our Society. The author shows a pleasing degree of self-restraint and "less is more" approach. It enables this relatively slim volume to cover quite a lot of ground.

I was spellbound by the lovely prose, vivid characterizations, the thriller-esque danger, and the fact that the various character's lives intersected in unexpected ways. The book has an unusual and intriguing structure, going back and forth between the POVs of different characters, pre- and post-apocalypse. I was truly moved at the end. This beautiful novel has shot to the top of my "best read of 2014" list. It's wonderful. ( )
  usuallee | Oct 7, 2021 |
A little bit of literary fiction woven in with different narratives of people connected to one another through time. Oh, and a flu epidemic that wipes out most of humanity. And a troupe of Shakespearean actors and a symphony traveling through the wasteland bringing a bit of culture to survivors. Oh--yes. Any story where the band and drama kids survived the apocalypse is cool with me. And a cult. Did I mention the cult? Because what would a post-apocalypse be like without someone building a religion to explain why it happened and why they the chosen survived. I only wished this novel would have been longer.

You meet people pre-apocalypse and post and I liked how their stories threaded one another. Some survive, many don't but in this story their lives mattered. And culture matters. How do we build a rebuild a world that maintains the best of our old--like the bard?

I enjoyed this immensely. ( )
  auldhouse | Sep 30, 2021 |
There was a lot of hype around this book a few years ago, and I just now finally got around to reading it to find out that it doesn't live up to all the excitement.

I love the idea of a traveling symphony/troupe of actors, because in cases of societal collapse, it's very easy to let cultural beauty go and forget how important it is to take care of the soul in addition to the physical body. And the isolated clusters of towns and various methods of government ring true, especially the danger that exists even in the rebuilding of civilization.

I understand what Mandel was going for, focusing on different characters before and during, but the execution fell kind of flat.
It seemed like Jeevan was going to be a main character since he was introduced first and had an interesting storyline (I would have loved to see more of him and his brother in their apartment building during the first few months) but he completely fell out of the story until the end, where we get a kind of resolution for him with no emotional weight, since we'd been away from him for so long.
The sections about Arthur and his wives were... a little pointless? If they were omitted entirely, and the Prophet turned out to just be a stranger instead of his son, there would have been absolutely no change. I liked Miranda, but Arthur himself was self-absorbed, boring, and, again, pointless.
Kristen's storyline was full of unrealized potential, as was the Prophet's. There was no sense of menace to him, even when he was chasing them and kidnapping members to get his child bride back. Kristen was an enigma understandably reluctant to remember her past, which makes sense for her character but not narrative-wise. It would have been nice to see her struggle more with her guilt over killing people, or really connect with her acting as a kind of purpose, but we got none of that.

There was a lot of potential in this book - so often, post-apocalyptic books focus on either the struggle during or the immediate aftermath, not the slow growth and rebuilding like this books does -that it didn't live up to. ( )
  Elna_McIntosh | Sep 29, 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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