Doomsday Book

A Novel

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Publisher Description

“A tour de force.”—The New York Times Book Review

Connie Willis draws upon her understanding of the universalities of human nature to explore the ageless issues of evil, suffering, and the indomitable will of the human spirit.


For Kivrin, preparing an on-site study of one of the deadliest eras in humanity's history was as simple as receiving inoculations against the diseases of the fourteenth century and inventing an alibi for a woman traveling alone. For her instructors in the twenty-first century, it meant painstaking calculations and careful monitoring of the rendezvous location where Kivrin would be received.

But a crisis strangely linking past and future strands Kivrin in a bygone age as her fellows try desperately to rescue her. In a time of superstition and fear, Kivrin—barely of age herself—finds she has become an unlikely angel of hope during one of history's darkest hours.

GENRE
Sci-Fi & Fantasy
RELEASED
1993
August 1
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
592
Pages
PUBLISHER
Random House Worlds
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
2.6
MB

Customer Reviews

Dwardeng ,

Historical Science Fiction

This is a time travel story that allows Willis to explore the presented time period. It's well written and detailed. It was a bit slow at times for me, but I'm glad I read it.

Pro-Fessor ,

Amazing

A tremendous effort. Cleverly and creatively constructed plot with enough twists and turns to keep you constantly surprised. I'm a moderate fan of sci fi and this is one of my favorites in the genre. NOT hard core sci fi, but suits me just fine. I recommend this book to anyone who will listen to me. You should read this. You will NOT be disappointed.

This is time travel for the skeptical. The sci fi is way in the background as the novel develops mostly more like historical fiction. It has enough science to engage the pros. I loved this book. I've read another of her books, Bellweather, which is totally fun, but not nearly the work of art that this is.

ciretsof ,

Such a great story

A rollercoaster of emotions, from stress to sadness to elation. The descriptions of not-too-distant-future (from now) Oxford/society were also cool. Loved it.

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