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Doomsday Book (1992)

de Connie Willis

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Sèrie: Oxford Time Travel (1)

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7,9563741,101 (4.08)1 / 915
"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.… (més)
  1. 284
    To Say Nothing of the Dog de 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 de 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 de Geraldine Brooks (labfs39)
  4. 112
    Eifelheim de 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 de Robert A. Heinlein (Kichererbse)
  6. 70
    The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century de 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 de Ken Grimwood (Kichererbse)
  8. 30
    Kindred de Octavia E. Butler (Usuari anònim)
  9. 41
    Station Eleven de 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 de Jodi Taylor (Aug3Zimm)
    Aug3Zimm: Time travel to the past as part of educational study
  11. 87
    The Time Machine de H. G. Wells (JGolomb)
  12. 10
    The Annals of Ireland de 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 de Kim Stanley Robinson (sturlington)
  14. 00
    La pesta de Albert Camus (aulsmith)
    aulsmith: Two books that depict how communities deal with plagues.
  15. 00
    11/22/63 de Stephen King (Othemts)
  16. 34
    Timeline de Michael Crichton (labrick)
  17. 12
    Wolf Hall de Hilary Mantel (Usuari anònim)
    Usuari anònim: This is another book that really brings a period of history to life around you.
  18. 12
    Company of Liars de Karen Maitland (Othemts)
  19. 02
    The Time Ships de Stephen Baxter (JGolomb)
  20. 49
    World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War de Max Brooks (cmbohn)

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Es mostren 1-5 de 370 (següent | mostra-les totes)
I miss the characters in this book already. This is an instant favorite. ( )
  Tosta | Mar 31, 2024 |
Time travel is a very hackneyed concept in science fiction. After all it was done first, and arguably best, by H.G.Wells in The Time Machine, more than a century ago. But Connie Willis has managed to grab hold of the idea and make it interesting again.

In Willis’ near-term future (2054 AD), time travel has been invented and is in the hands of academics at Oxford University. Doomsday Book details a research trip to the early 1300s to investigate mediaeval life and settle academic questions about the way the English language was spoken.

But things go horribly wrong and the time-traveller, a young woman called Kivrin, ends up arriving at a time right when the Black Death hits England. Co-incidentally, an epidemic of severe flu afflicts 21st century Britain, throwing all into confusion at both ends of the time travel voyage.

Willis seems to effortlessly combine comedy and tragedy in this book, no mean feat. We certainly feel the tragedy of the Black Death, because Kivrin, and ourselves as readers, come to know the people whom it affects, and feel their suffering. Contrast this with the almost dismissive treatment of the same plague by Ken Follett in World Without End in which the only people to die are characters we don’t much care about.

I really enjoyed this book. ( )
  davidrgrigg | Mar 23, 2024 |
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 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 370 (següent | mostra-les totes)
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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Willis, Connieautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Brumm, WalterTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Carella, MariaDissenyadorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Contemporary StudiosAuthor photoautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Gibbs, ChristopherDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Jacobus, TimAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Kapočiūtė, AnitaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Kastel,RogerAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Kuittinen, TeroTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Marín Trechera, RafaelTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Martiniere, StephanAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Ponziot, J.M.Autor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Pugi, Jean-PierreTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
RailleDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Richter, TonDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Roberts, AdamIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Sargent, PamelaIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Sohár, AnikóTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Sterlin, JennyNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Törnqvist, EvastinaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
van Son, TomTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Vanderstelt, JerryIl·lustradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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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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