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Sea of Tranquility

de Emily St. John Mandel

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"Edwin St. Andrew is eighteen years old when he crosses the Atlantic by steamship, exiled from polite society following an ill-conceived diatribe at a dinner party. He enters the forest, spellbound by the beauty of the Canadian wilderness, and suddenly hears the notes of a violin echoing in an airship terminal--an experience that shocks him to his core. Two centuries later a famous writer named Olive Llewellyn is on a book tour. She's traveling all over Earth, but her home is the second moon colony, a place of white stone, spired towers, and artificial beauty. Within the text of Olive's best-selling pandemic novel lies a strange passage: a man plays his violin for change in the echoing corridor of an airship terminal as the trees of a forest rise around him. When Gaspery-Jacques Roberts, a detective in the black-skied Night City, is hired to investigate an anomaly in the North American wilderness, he uncovers a series of lives upended: The exiled son of an earl driven to madness, a writer trapped far from home as a pandemic ravages Earth, and a childhood friend from the Night City who, like Gaspery himself, has glimpsed the chance to do something extraordinary that will disrupt the timeline of the universe"--From the publisher's web site.… (més)
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Es mostren 1-5 de 155 (següent | mostra-les totes)
This is too complicated for me. I had the feeling I need to make notes to keep on the right track. I had the impression that there were a few glitches in the time-plot-structure, but probably it was just me not following...
After the last two, what I need now is a character novel. Less action, fewer dimensions, less apocalypse, more profund characters.
  Kindlegohome | Feb 29, 2024 |
I love reading Mandel, although this one feels kind of slight to me. Sort of like an unnecessary coda to The Glass Hotel, and which might well not exist were it not for the COVID-19 pandemic. It continues The Glass Hotel’s theme of alternate possible lives, albeit approached differently this time through the conceit of time travel, making the theme more conventional sci-fi action and less literary fiction musing. It also continues with several of The Glass Hotel’s characters, which seems unnecessary except that Mandel may have found going back to them a comfort during lockdowns and social distancing.

The fact that one of the new characters in this book is a novelist famous for writing a pandemic novel and who goes on book tour talking about what it’s like to have written a pandemic novel - as an actual pandemic begins - is another reason for thinking this book wouldn’t exist except for Mandel living through the time of COVID-19, after writing Station Eleven. It gives her a chance to reflect directly on her own experiences, obviously, which is pretty interesting in fact but doesn’t actually have anything to do with the plot here.

The plot: it doesn’t make sense to me. The anomaly only exists because a character went back in time to investigate the anomaly. But he wouldn’t have gone back in time to investigate the anomaly and thus create the anomaly unless the anomaly had already happened. At least that’s how my logic works. Also the time traveler makes a huge life-altering decision which I’m not sure I buy without having more characterization to understand him. He makes it too casually. I would need more time inside his head before I could accept this.

I found this somewhat disappointing, then, but still, it’s an Emily St. John Mandel novel. Still worth reading! The character of Edwin St. John St. Andrew we begin the novel with is great, wouldn’t mind a novel on him. The reflections on being a pandemic novelist were interesting. And the engagement with the theory that we’re living inside a simulation was thought-provoking. Lines like this are part of the joy of reading Mandel:

This, I found myself thinking in the years that followed, on nights when my wife and I played the violin together, when we cooked together, when we walked in our fields watching the movements of the farm robots, when we sat on the porch watching the airships rise up like fireflies on the horizon over Oklahoma City, this is what the Time Institute never understood: if definitive proof emerges that we’re living in a simulation, the correct response to that news will be So what. A life lived in a simulation is still a life.
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  lelandleslie | Feb 24, 2024 |
It starts out a bit slow, but it weaves together its themes really elegantly. Simulation Theory and virtual reality, the stark difference between reading about a tragedy and living through one, small moments of kindness being really important.

I love Edwin in his aimlessness, Olive who is overwhelmed by her own successful life, and Gaspery being a complete screw-up. Their fears and imperfections make them so relatable. ( )
  AdioRadley | Jan 21, 2024 |
It’s interesting to see what an author who made a name for herself writing a book about a pandemic will do when thrust in the middle of an actual pandemic. [author:Emily St. John Mandel|2786093], who made a name for herself with her debut novel, [book:Station Eleven|20170404], appears to have put her months in lockdown to good use. I loved the idea that here was an author who made a name for herself writing a book about a pandemic who then finds herself living through an actual pandemic and spending her time writing about an author who made a name for herself writing a book about a pandemic who then finds herself living through an actual pandemic. [brain goes kerpow!]

[book:Sea of Tranquility|58446227] is a short novel of a genre that I refer to as wibbly, wobbly, timey-whimey type stuff (apologies to Doctor Who) whose settings range from England before the Great War to a 25th-century lunar colony. It started out at a very leisurely pace, describing a series of events that I thought could not possibly relate to each other. Before long, though, the reader will see that the subject of pandemics touches on almost every scene. How the author ties the events in the story together is a delight to read, but that enjoyment is surpassed by the appreciation for the insights the author shares about pandemics: how we live during them, and how the world is changed by them. She is certain, as am I, that life will be fundamentally altered by what we have lived through these last three years. Sometimes for the worse, but not always.

My appreciation for this book came fairly late in it. If you are reading it and are unsure about whether or not you want to finish it, I encourage you to keep going. It is well worth the effort. ( )
  Unkletom | Jan 17, 2024 |
While the beginning of this book was a challenge for me to read ... I was actually close to falling asleep during the authors section, it picked up once Gaspey started his narration. The second half the book definitely had my interest and kept me going straight on through. Good characters, plotting and quick chapters, and a little more kept the book going.

I can't really talk about the end without being a spoiler, so I will leave it for the comment section for people to ask me what I thought about the ending. I am having trouble with one or two things that don't match up. Overall goodread, but not as good as Station Eleven. ( )
  wvlibrarydude | Jan 14, 2024 |
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An ambitious time-travelling panorama of pandemics and parallel worlds
afegit per aprille | editaGuardian, Alexander Theroux (Apr 20, 2022)
 
One of her finest novels and one of her most satisfying forays into the arena of speculative fiction yet
afegit per aprille | editaNew York Times, Laird Hunt (Web de pagament)
 
Bold and exciting . . . Sea of Tranquility is Mandel’s most ambitious novel yet. Inventing and mind-bending
afegit per Dariah | editaThe Economist
 
Emily St. John Mandel, who, like an ingenious origami artist, seems determined with each new work to add yet another fold to our perception of what is real and one further twist to what we think of as time . . . Transcendent
afegit per Dariah | editaWall Street Journal
 
A trippy, wistful story . . . Although Sea of Tranquility is set largely in the future and adorned with sci-fi flourishes, it raises old questions about how we can make meaning
afegit per Dariah | editaWired
 

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Was the death of the prophet in "Marienbad" too anticlimatic? It seemed possible ... -- but on the other hand, isn't that reality? Won't most of us die in fairly unclimatic ways, our passing unremembered by almost everyone, our deaths becoming plot points in the narrative of the people around us? (p. 95)
You can say "It's the end of the world" and mean it, but what gets lost in that kind of careless usage is that the world will eventually literally end.... But then they found the grave of another four-year-old girl.... "If her parents loved ," Meiying said, "it would have felt like the end of the world." (p. 103-104)
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"Edwin St. Andrew is eighteen years old when he crosses the Atlantic by steamship, exiled from polite society following an ill-conceived diatribe at a dinner party. He enters the forest, spellbound by the beauty of the Canadian wilderness, and suddenly hears the notes of a violin echoing in an airship terminal--an experience that shocks him to his core. Two centuries later a famous writer named Olive Llewellyn is on a book tour. She's traveling all over Earth, but her home is the second moon colony, a place of white stone, spired towers, and artificial beauty. Within the text of Olive's best-selling pandemic novel lies a strange passage: a man plays his violin for change in the echoing corridor of an airship terminal as the trees of a forest rise around him. When Gaspery-Jacques Roberts, a detective in the black-skied Night City, is hired to investigate an anomaly in the North American wilderness, he uncovers a series of lives upended: The exiled son of an earl driven to madness, a writer trapped far from home as a pandemic ravages Earth, and a childhood friend from the Night City who, like Gaspery himself, has glimpsed the chance to do something extraordinary that will disrupt the timeline of the universe"--From the publisher's web site.

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