Sunday, May 1, 2022

Sea of Tranquility

Sea of TranquilitySea of Tranquility 
by Emily St. John Mandel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“I’ve been thinking a great deal about time and motion lately, about being a still point in the ceaseless rush.”
I hesitated to start this novel because I thought it might be too science-fictiony for me. I should not have doubted Mandel. Once again she has crafted a thoughtful story full of interesting people struggling to figure out their interconnected worlds. There are characters in this book that we met in The Glass Hotel . I love it when authors do that. This is a story about (among other things) global pandemic and I felt like it was handled very well in the context of the larger story.
I thought this was such a true observation:
"My point is, there’s always something. I think, as a species, we have a desire to believe that we’re living at the climax of the story. It’s a kind of narcissism. We want to believe that we’re uniquely important, that we’re living at the end of history, that now, after all these millennia of false alarms, now is finally the worst that it’s ever been, that finally we have reached the end of the world.”
This book counts toward the Canadian Reading Challenge because the author is from Canada and parts of the book are set in Canada.  


  1. Thanks for the heads up that there some characters from The Glass Hotel in this book. I will make sure I read it before this one, even though this one has been tempting me every day at work...!

    1. Brona -- you would be fine to read Sea of Tranquility first. It isn't a sequel. Then when (if) you read Glass Hotel (which I definitely recommend) you will recognize a familiar face or two there.


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