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Summary

The award-winning author of Station Eleven returns with a story of time travel that precisely captures the reality of our current moment....

In 1912, 18-year-old Edwin St. Andrew crosses the Atlantic, exiled from English polite society. In British Columbia, he enters the forest, spellbound by the beauty of the Canadian wilderness, and for a split second all is darkness, the notes of a violin echoing unnaturally through the air. The experience shocks him to his core.

Two centuries later, Olive Llewelyn, a famous writer, is travelling all over Earth, far away from her home in the second moon colony. Within the text of Olive’s best-selling 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 time, he uncovers a series of lives upended: the exiled son of an aristocrat 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.

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel is a novel that investigates the idea of parallel worlds and possibilities, that plays with the very line along which time should run. Perceptive and poignant about art, and love, and what we must do to survive, it is incredibly compelling.

©2022 Emily St. John Mandel (P)2022 Penguin Randomhouse LLC

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"So wise, so graceful, so rich. I loved Sea of Tranquility." (Naomi Alderman, author of The Power)
 

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A life lived in a simulation is still a life

Eventhough I miss Emily's early themes with no time travel or other sci-fi elements,I must admit this one is magnificent. Emily is always the same: isolated ambbients, people incapable of contacting each other, spiritual abandonment, a multi-layered, sinuous plot written in a flowless living new English. In addition it is always full of wit and humanity. I adored every revelatory paragraph of it. For me she is no doubt the most significant Canadian author of our times.
Even if you encounter characters of 'The Glass Hotel', this is definitely not a sequel. If you're new to the Emily universe or this would be your second after "Station 11" I recomend you to try "The Glass Hotel". And if you want a glimse of the early Emily, purchase the genial 'The Singer's Gun' for a start.
Voices were so expressive, loved them!

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poorly researched, basic writing

inauthentic representation of England, no depth to the sci-fi content, irritating whimsical character names, boring passages of dialogue, little atmosphere, pointless 'queer' content, overall: flat

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just not station 11.... good but not great

it felt more like a re writing of the Lola quartet. Chuck in a bit of time travel, a hint of pandemic and Sci-Fi setting... maybe I'm being fussy, it was entertaining but just felt a bit pointless. lost if you like... with a listen though.

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Wow!!!!

I had no idea what this book was about when I started and wasn't expecting much but oh my god did I love this book. Such an amazing idea. Loved it!

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amazing

Once again another brilliant book, if this is your first time reading MSJM read them in the order of publish.. and buy a fedora hat

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this was strange

I don't think I've ever read a book like this. Part sequel to two different books, part meta commentary on writing, part sci fi story. I enjoyed it in the end but I can't help feeling it was a little self indulgent.