I can’t remember who said it, and I may be mashing many people’s words together, “when there is nothing external to give our life meaning, then all that matters is what we do.” Which is another way of saying “survival is insufficient.” I loved Station Eleven. It struck a number of chords in me. There are some spoilers in the review. Station Eleven is about loss, meaning and human connection before, during and after a global pandemic that wipes out most humans and human civilization. The timeline is not linear and there are multiple point of view characters. Arthur Leander sought fame, […]
I would give this a solid 4.5 stars (rounded up here). This book has been on my to-read list for over a year, and I finally was able to walk away from my ongoing series to listen to this one. It was an excellent audiobook, I really enjoyed the narration. Short synopsis: It’s the end of the world as we know it… there is a virus that wipes out 99.99% (est.) of the human population. The book primarily follows a few key characters throughout their time leading up to and the following 20(ish) years after the event. We also see […]
This book was a part of one of the CBR group discussions last year, or the year before, wasn’t it? I knew it sounded familiar but alas, had not gotten around to it until now. I’ll be honest I had no idea what Station Eleven was about when I started to read it, but I received it as a gift from a friend and I must say, she did a great job choosing something that she thought I would like! It looks like quite a few other people have enjoyed it, too. But let us dive in, shall we? Station […]
I remember seeing all the Station Eleven reviews popping up throughout CBR7 but for whatever reason I didn’t jump on the bandwagon until now. In lieu of a traditional review I’m going to answer a few of fantingviolet’s book club discussion questions. 1. Did you find the shifts between pre- and post-apocalypse to be an effective storytelling technique? How about changing character perspectives? I’ve gone on record saying that multiple character view points combined with too much time jumping can be irritating and I stand by that. I think the time hopping worked in some instances here- primarily the reveal […]
The night the fatal Georgia Flu arrives in Toronto, fading movie star Arthur Leander has a heart attack on stage performing the title role in King Lear. Jeevan, a paramedic trainee, rushes to the actor’s aid but it is too late to save him. Kirsten, a young child actress in the production, watches fearful from the wings of the stage. So begins the compelling and surprising Station Eleven. An apocalyptic novel that moves back and forth in time, Station Eleven is a layered and entertaining story about what matters most before the world ends…and after. I read the book knowing […]
You guys called it. This book is scare-mazeballs. I read this book in one day, or rather, I used up all of my night to finish it and then I couldn’t sleep. There are no monsters in this book, no zombies, only the core of humanity stripped and laid bare. I got up a lot to check the locks on my door. So here’s the obligatory summary (Spoilers, sweety). I’ll make it as short as possible; We open the novel on the night of the last day of the world as we know it. On this day Arthur Leander dies of […]
I think what I loved best about this book were its nooks and crannies. This is a book obsessed with tiny detail. Instead of feeling overwhelming or tedious, these details make the world seem lived-in and solid. For all the detail, however, the book still manages to feel dreamy and atmospheric. I wanted to wander with the Wandering Symphony for 300 more pages. Read the rest at Pop Culture Penalty Box.
This is my quarter Cannonball – I have reached my goal by mid-year. Dare I now try and complete a half Cannonball, after the failure of 2014? My quarter is going to end on a high note – the remarkable Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. This has of course been reviewed to death already this year, so what more can I add? For those few people who are not aware, this book centres on the survivors of a world wide flu epidemic, which is estimated to have killed 99.9% of the world’s population. The story goes back and […]