Book Summary: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Set within the days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes area, risking the whole lot for artwork and humanity.
One snowy evening a well-known Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage throughout a manufacturing of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we all know it begins to dissolve.
Moving forwards and backwards in time—from the actor’s early days as a movie star to fifteen years sooner or later, when a theater troupe generally known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what stays—this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the unusual twists of destiny that join 5 folks: the actor, the person who tried to save lots of him, the actor’s first spouse, his oldest buddy, and a younger actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught within the crosshairs of a harmful self-proclaimed prophet.
Book Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel is the “Velvet Elvis” of post-apocalyptic books, a surprisingly completely different kind than traditional with a method all its personal.
“Post-apocalyptic literary science fiction” was a technique I’ve heard it described, and in addition “books about pandemics” and I right here undertake each descriptions. Mandel has actually softened the Mad Max edges off her story and supplied a ponderous, meandering and considerate account of a world with quite a bit much less folks.
Telling the story earlier than and after a world pandemic, many readers will liken this to Stephen King’s 1978 traditional The Stand, as right here the perpetrator is the Georgian flu which kills in hours not days. Mandel’s prose is in tone and construction like Jennifer Egan’s award successful 2010 novel A Visit from the Goon Squad. We go to 20 years after the collapse after which relive moments years earlier than after which contemporaneous with the worldwide unfold of the illness. I used to be additionally reminded of Bradbury’s “There will come soft rains” with it’s quiet, somber reflections and recollections of the time earlier than. Philip Okay. Dick’s Dr. Bloodmoney is one other book that I’d categorize Station Eleven with – a softer, gentler and kinder imaginative and prescient of a world after disaster.
In Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, writer portrays her survivors as craving to maintain the flame of civilization lit. We comply with Miranda, the Station Eleven graphic novel artist and the graphic novel that survives the apocalypse. Also, Arthur Leander, an actor who performs King Lear simply earlier than the pandemic. Finally, Mandel introduces a troupe of actors and musicians touring from city to city after the “collapse” performing symphonies and Shakespeare.
This is the way in which the world ends, not with a bang however a whimper. Mandel poses existential questions on dwelling the place solely weeks earlier than the pandemic folks had been fearful about meaningless, inconsequential issues and solely minimally linked to the world round them. Station Eleven, named after the graphic novel which had a really restricted manufacturing and was drawn not for industrial success however for the sake of the artwork, is an examination of our tradition in eulogy.
One of the central characters, Clark, varieties a museum of civilization in an deserted airport and preserves relics of what the folks of the brand new world ought to attempt to bear in mind of the previous, solely just lately departed.