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Doomsday Book (1992)

af Connie Willis

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Serier: Oxford Time Travel (1)

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"A tour de force."- The New York Times Book Review Connie Willis draws upon her understanding of the universalities of human nature to explore the ageless issues of evil, suffering, and the indomitable will of the human spirit. For Kivrin, preparing an on-site study of one of the deadliest eras in humanity's history was as simple as receiving inoculations against the diseases of the fourteenth century and inventing an alibi for a woman traveling alone. For her instructors in the twenty-first century, it meant painstaking calculations and careful monitoring of the rendezvous location where Kivrin would be received. But a crisis strangely linking past and future strands Kivrin in a bygone age as her fellows try desperately to rescue her. In a time of superstition and fear, Kivrin-barely of age herself-finds she has become an unlikely angel of hope during one of history's darkest hours.… (mere)
  1. 284
    To Say Nothing of the Dog af Connie Willis (amberwitch, Othemts, Patangel)
    amberwitch: A much lighter story set in the same universe.
    Othemts: To Say Nothing of the Dog is a more light-hearted time travel adventure which is sort of a sequel to Doomsday Book. Both are excellent, enjoyable novels.
  2. 163
    Blackout af Connie Willis (bell7)
    bell7: Some characters return in this story, set in 1944 England, and involving similar themes of how people react in a crisis.
  3. 121
    Year of Wonders af Geraldine Brooks (labfs39)
  4. 112
    Eifelheim af Michael Flynn (Ape)
    Ape: Far from identical stories, but both are sci-fi takes on the black death (Eifelheim: Aliens, Doomsday Book: Time Travel.) There are numerous similarities, and I think if you like one the other might be worth looking into.
  5. 70
    The Door into Summer af Robert A. Heinlein (Kichererbse)
  6. 70
    The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century af Ian Mortimer (Sakerfalcon)
    Sakerfalcon: A non-fiction book about everyday life in C14th England, written as though you the reader are there. Kivrin would have found this essential reading to prepare for her journey into the past.
  7. 40
    Replay af Ken Grimwood (Kichererbse)
  8. 30
    Kindred af Octavia E. Butler (Anonym bruger)
  9. 41
    Station Eleven af Emily St. John Mandel (Rubbah)
    Rubbah: Both amazing books featuring dangerous flu like viruses and how people cope in emergency situations
  10. 20
    Just One Damned Thing After Another af Jodi Taylor (Aug3Zimm)
    Aug3Zimm: Time travel to the past as part of educational study
  11. 87
    Tidsmaskinen af H. G. Wells (JGolomb)
  12. 10
    The Annals of Ireland af Friar John Clyn (the_awesome_opossum)
    the_awesome_opossum: The Annals of Ireland was referenced and quoted a few times in Doomsday Book
  13. 10
    The Years of Rice and Salt af Kim Stanley Robinson (sturlington)
  14. 00
    Pesten af Albert Camus (aulsmith)
    aulsmith: Two books that depict how communities deal with plagues.
  15. 00
    22.11.63 af Stephen King (Othemts)
  16. 34
    Timeline af Michael Crichton (labrick)
  17. 12
    Wolf Hall : roman af Hilary Mantel (Anonym bruger)
    Anonym bruger: This is another book that really brings a period of history to life around you.
  18. 12
    Company of Liars af Karen Maitland (Othemts)
  19. 02
    The Time Ships af Stephen Baxter (JGolomb)
  20. 49
    World war z af Max Brooks (cmbohn)

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This book is so depressing without a lot of joy or intrigue to carry you through. I cried for most of the last half because the detailed descriptions of death by bubonic plague are agonizing. ( )
  mslibrarynerd | Jan 13, 2024 |
An awful book. The entire story was filled with problems all the characters were unable to fix. In fact, only the ending accomplished anything. Physiological problems are simply not reasonable conflicts in any storytelling medium.
Time travel in general is boring science fiction. However, this book did introduce some important time travel innovations. It does not save the book, but it is worth mentioning. (Thankfully, I have only read one other time travel book REPLAY, which was significantly better). ( )
  MXMLLN | Jan 12, 2024 |
Way too long. To be fair, I was listening with a partner in the car and we stopped riding in cars together as often so it took us probably at least a year to get through it, which probably makes it feel longer :P

It was a mildly interesting premise but there was way too much filler material that didn't advance the plot and I think was trying to build suspense or something, but really just made it kinda boring. ( )
  stardustwisdom | Dec 31, 2023 |
Excellent story, well told. Though it is billed as science fiction, some of the tech reads a little dated so it reads a little more like alternate history with time travel thrown in. But the characters are drawn in such a way that you care about them. Connie Willis really takes you to what it might have been like during the plague in the Middle Ages. Incredibly terrifying. Highly recommended. ( )
  Neil_Luvs_Books | Dec 10, 2023 |
Doomsday Book is brilliant, beautiful, and one of my very favourite novels. This was my third time reading it. a beloved book to fight in the battle against severe depression. It helped a lot.

Oxford medievalist Kivrin has worked hard to obtain permission to time travel back to 1320 England. She has learned Middle English and Latin, grown her hair long, studied herbal remedies, fashioned era-appropriate clothing, and received a series of vaccines that keep her safe from medieval illnesses. Nonetheless, she arrives in the Middle Ages terribly ill and near death. Her battle against dying, and then her struggle to be accepted as an upper-class woman who has lost her memory (a ruse), take up one part of the narrative. We also watch present-day Oxford, where a severe virus causes the university city to be quarantined, and where retrieving Kivrin from the long-distant past is impossible.

I love the detail of this book. Each time I've read it, I've been amazed at Connie Willis' ability to create two imaginary worlds, both of which seem vividly real. I love the characters, particularly Father Roche and young, spoiled Agnes, who clings onto Kivrin as best friend and mother-subsitute. She is a willful child, but loveable all the same. Everything is so well researched - the food, clothes, social lives, disease, religion - all of it.

So vivid are the characters that I got way too attached to them, even the third time through, when I know the fates of each of them. If you are the sort to cry at books, I recommend bringing a box of tissues for the last hundred pages of this one.

I feel somewhat healed, the result of a book where healing is much sought-after. Perfection. This book is as near to that as any novel I've ever read. ( )
  ahef1963 | Dec 1, 2023 |
Viser 1-5 af 369 (næste | vis alle)
Willis’ prose is acceptable, and the characterization effective enough that Kivrin’s situation is gripping. Overall, the book is a bit too long for its plot; blame the rise of word-processors. At least it’s shorter than Black Out/All Clear.
 

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"A tour de force."- The New York Times Book Review Connie Willis draws upon her understanding of the universalities of human nature to explore the ageless issues of evil, suffering, and the indomitable will of the human spirit. For Kivrin, preparing an on-site study of one of the deadliest eras in humanity's history was as simple as receiving inoculations against the diseases of the fourteenth century and inventing an alibi for a woman traveling alone. For her instructors in the twenty-first century, it meant painstaking calculations and careful monitoring of the rendezvous location where Kivrin would be received. But a crisis strangely linking past and future strands Kivrin in a bygone age as her fellows try desperately to rescue her. In a time of superstition and fear, Kivrin-barely of age herself-finds she has become an unlikely angel of hope during one of history's darkest hours.

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