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Sea of Tranquility

par 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.… (plus d'informations)
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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 |
Lovely in the extreme, dramatically quiet, a series of lives connected to a single corruption in time. A story about time travel, yes, but really a story about people and what it means to live in a long series of narrative climaxes. ( )
  Elianaclaire | Jan 3, 2024 |
There's a moment when you finish a really good book where everything is peaceful and your mind is finally quiet, this book is one of those that you search for and read a lot of not good ones to get to this one.

It may be my favorite of hers yet. Which is saying something because I adore everything I've read that she's written. ( )
  lindywilson | Jan 3, 2024 |
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An ambitious time-travelling panorama of pandemics and parallel worlds
ajouté par aprille | modifierGuardian, Alexander Theroux (Apr 20, 2022)
 
One of her finest novels and one of her most satisfying forays into the arena of speculative fiction yet
ajouté par aprille | modifierNew York Times, Laird Hunt (payer le site)
 
Bold and exciting . . . Sea of Tranquility is Mandel’s most ambitious novel yet. Inventing and mind-bending
ajouté par Dariah | modifierThe 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
ajouté par Dariah | modifierWall 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
ajouté par Dariah | modifierWired
 

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Edwin St. John St. Andrew, eighteen years old, hauling the weight of his double-sainted name across the Atlantic by steamship, eyes narrowed against the wind on the upper deck: he holds the railing with gloved hands, impatient for a glimpse of the unknown, trying to discern something--anything!--beyond sea and sky, but all he sees are shades of endless gray.
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Illness frightens us because it's chaotic. There's an aweful randomness about it. (p. 83)
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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)
If we were living in a simulation, how would we know it was a simulation? (p. 129)
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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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