The Winter Station

The Winter Station

A Novel

Book - 2018
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An aristocratic Russian doctor stationed in the railway outpost city of Kharbin in Manchuria races to contain a deadly plague before it spreads to the rest of the world.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316385343
Characteristics: 339 pages : map ; 25 cm


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Apr 12, 2018

How the author managed to make this story deadly dull is a mystery. Seems like way too much energy was devoted to attempting to be "artistic" even for a reader like me who prefers literary novels, especially Russian or Russia set novels and is not at all impatient with time devoted to creating atmosphere. Really thought this would be right up my alley. Alas, this one has no convincing or even interesting characters, not even the dwarf, apparently thrown in for "color". No convincing dialogue. The plot moves at a glacial pace which would be fine if this were mainly a character study novel (I love those) but it's about a subject that one would think would naturally create urgency and suspense. If the disease spread as slowly as this novel moves it really wouldn't have been much of a problem. Stuck with it most of the way through but realized I just didn't want to spend any more time hoping it would get more engaging. But I'm definitely going to look out this bit of interesting history in non-fiction form. Truth can't possibly be as boring as fiction in this case.

JessicaGma Apr 04, 2018

This is an interesting novel where disease appears in the remote town in Russia in 1910. Based on true events, it really reminded me of Camus' La Peste, making this a sort of pensive, taught novel where the characters have to react to extreme circumstances. A good historical read.


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