by: Emily St. John Mandel
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 bestselling 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 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.
A virtuoso performance that is as human and tender as it is intellectually playful, Sea of Tranquility is a novel of time travel and metaphysics that precisely captures the reality of our current moment.
This was an interesting follow up to The Glass Hotel. Part of the story line seemed familiar so I googled the plot of The Glass Hotel and some of the characters fell into place. This book was bizarre, but I liked it! It was a captivating, quick read. Side note- I am drawn to dystopian and sci/fi style novels and movies! David Bowie could have written the soundtrack for a movie adaptation – think Star Man …Is there life on Mars? This book blew my mind. I can’t imagine how the author constructed this story. Read it and get back to me!
Holly says: 🤓🤓1/2
Once someone explains to me what in the heck actually happened in this book, maybe I’ll be able to render better comments. I just didn’t get it – or reallly understand it. As a disclaimer, and in respect to the author (I enjoyed one of her other books more than this one), I am not much of a fan of futuristic or sci-fi novels or movies, with a few exceptions, such as Blade Runner, E.T., and Star Wars. 😁 The prose is lovely, I just had a great deal of trouble following the story, plot and characters – maybe because they kept time travelling. Perhaps I’ll try and read it again and pay closer attention…nah…