Station Eleven: Book Review by Mike
Station Eleven Book Review
“Station Eleven”, authored by Canadian writer, Emily St. John Mandel is a truly inspiring piece of fiction, one that transcends time, space and the human spirit.
The story begins in downtown Toronto, in the midst of the tumultuous life of famous stage and screen actor, Arthur Leander. Little do we know that his personal tragedy which occurs that first night was merely a harbinger of even greater devastation to come.
“Station” is the post-apocalyptic tale of lives loosely associated through and around the larger than life Leander, some who were dealt the hand of survival by mere chance during the last hours of modern civilization and also unfortunate lives of those who did not.
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Mandel has done a superb job building this tale, especially in capturing the essence of each primary character, what motivates them and what defines them as individuals in a society that is about to come crashing down upon them.
Mandel’s descriptions and beautiful prose are a joy to read, often provoking thought that embraces the human experience and takes the reader beyond the telling of this story.
She did a superb job at juggling the “before and after” of the characters whose experiences shape this tale of survival, not just of the collapse, but of our modern day struggles as well that quickly become so incredibly insignificant in the blink of an eye.
Her writing style is elegant but not overly esoteric so that this novel will be enjoyed by a wide variety of readers. Although this novel is categorized as post-apocalyptic fiction, it will also satisfy those of you who wish to be moved by the human experience and the limits of our psychology.
Mandel weaves through the past and present seamless and always at the appropriate times when such context is required to keep the story moving forward logically and then tying off each experience in a cascade of mini climaxes rather than one major finale. This is simply a wonderful and tale that flows at the right pace and is beautifully written.
I fully recommend our followers to pick up “Station Eleven” and go on this journey. I enjoyed it thoroughly and although I read through it quickly, part of me wishes it lasted just a bit longer.
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