Welcome Ducks!

We’re very excited to hear what you think of this year’s Common Reading! Once you’ve read the opening chapter or so, we invite you to share some of your first impressions here: for example, what clues has Mandel given you

Royal Shakespeare's Greg Hicks as King Lear, 2010-2011. Photo by Manuel Harla
Royal Shakespeare Company’s Greg Hicks as King Lear. Photo by Manuel Harla

about what’s going to be important in this novel? What characters, themes, and issues are you on the alert for? What questions do you have? Why is a celebrity actor’s death of a heart attack rendered so spectacularly, with such detail, on the opening pages, when the deaths of millions and collapse of civilization is depicted glancingly—“alluded to,” rather that presented in its pain and suffering, as New York Times reviewer Sigrid Nuenez puts it?

Any first thoughts? Welcome to the conversation!

And don’t forget, we’d love to see photos of you with the book—or just the book—that give us a sense of hometowns and summer holidays and favorite reading nooks… of all the varied places Ducks are turning their Station Eleven pages.

One comment on “Welcome Ducks!

  1. What I liked about the book was the structure and also the connections between the characters. Arthur was their center point and everyone else circulated around him.

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