Thursday, February 19, 2015

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Dark and lyrically written, this book celebrates all the things that make us human:  art, love, literature, and theater in a moving and haunting post pandemic landscape.

This book is so different from the usual variety of post apocalyptic fiction, and well worth your time reading.  It is bleak, but written in a very unique and gorgeous style.

An actor suffers a fatal heart attack on stage while performing in King Lear.  Shortly thereafter a flu pandemic all but annihilates life.  A Traveling Symphony of actors traverses the landscape performing Shakespeare and music for scattered communities of survivors.  Written on their caravan and tattooed on one of the actor's arms is a line from Star Trek, "Because survival is insufficient."  See what I mean? Shakespeare and Star Trek in a post apocalyptic story.  You gotta love that.

Spanning decades and moving back and forth in time, it is a beautiful and sad novel that blooms in your heart.

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