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The Winter Station por Jody Shields
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The Winter Station (original 2018; edição 2018)

por Jody Shields (Autor)

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An aristocratic Russian doctor races to contain a deadly plague in an outpost city in Manchuria - before it spreads to the rest of the world. 1910: people are mysteriously dying at an alarming rate in the Russian-ruled city of Kharbin, a major railway outpost in Northern China. Strangely, some of the dead bodies vanish before they can be identified. During a dangerously cold winter in a city gripped by fear, the Baron, a wealthy Russian aristocrat and the city's medical commissioner, is determined to stop this mysterious plague. Battling local customs, an occupying army, and a brutal epidemic with no name, the Baron is torn between duty and compassion, between Western medical science and respect for Chinese tradition. His allies include a French doctor, a black marketeer, and a charismatic Chinese dwarf. His greatest refuge is the intimacy he shares with his young Chinese wife - but she has secrets of her own. Based on a true story that has been lost to history, set during the last days of imperial Russia, The Winter Station is a richly textured and brilliant novel about mortality, fear and love.… (mais)
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Título:The Winter Station
Autores:Jody Shields (Autor)
Informação:Little, Brown US (2018), 304 pages
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Bonus point because I love Russian culture clashes and this is the first novel I've ever read set in Harbin.

This is pretty good, but honestly, the real story of this pandemic (in Harbin, Manchuria, and elsewhere) is actually even more intriguing and fascinating and horrifying. After finishing this novel tonight, I spent the subsequent 45 minutes reading all about the third plague pandemic, of which this was a piece. (Which by the way the WHO identifies as lasting until 1960! Can you believe that?)

Recommended if you are looking for pandemic fiction right now -- which some of us are, to try to understand the human experience through fiction, and some of us aren't, because we just can't handle it. Either way is ok. ( )
  sparemethecensor | Jul 29, 2020 |
The book described the plague event very vividly and the characters were well developed. However, the story line is more like a documentary that described the event with fictionalized characters. It is well done on the description. ( )
  Baochuan | Jun 14, 2018 |
At first, I didn't like this book, but I was captivated with the plot of a plague of death seeking so many, both Russian and Chinese, and many one foolish to touch an infected person without covering their face and hands! The book was set in 1910 in Kharbin, a Russian ruled major railway outpost in North China. Masses are dying, the dead bodies frozen in the streets so crowded that the unaffected feared to touch the dead or they would become infected too. Russian generals feared to let the world know, otherwise chaos would reigned supreme, as they always feared that Japan and China would take over the territory that was slipping out of their control. ( )
  HOTCHA | Jun 5, 2018 |
While I can't say I loved this book, it did transport me to a place I knew little about - Russian-controlled Manchuria in the early 20th century during an outbreak of plague. The main character is a Russian doctor who must work with both Russian and Chinese colleagues to flight an epidemic that was not fully understood. I felt like the characters could have been more distinctive and better developed, but the setting piqued my interest - and I'll definitely be hunting down some more reading to understand this time and place. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | May 27, 2018 |
The Winter Station byJody Shields once again reaffirms the role historical fiction plays in introducing me to history I don't know. I end up spending more time with the history than the story itself. The history is fascinating. The story as told in the book is compelling in the intensity of the situation but less interesting to read. Nothing much happens. The book is slow-paced and sometimes repetitive with an abrupt ending.

Read my complete review at http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2018/05/the-winter-station.html

Reviewed for NetGalley ( )
  njmom3 | May 6, 2018 |
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An aristocratic Russian doctor races to contain a deadly plague in an outpost city in Manchuria - before it spreads to the rest of the world. 1910: people are mysteriously dying at an alarming rate in the Russian-ruled city of Kharbin, a major railway outpost in Northern China. Strangely, some of the dead bodies vanish before they can be identified. During a dangerously cold winter in a city gripped by fear, the Baron, a wealthy Russian aristocrat and the city's medical commissioner, is determined to stop this mysterious plague. Battling local customs, an occupying army, and a brutal epidemic with no name, the Baron is torn between duty and compassion, between Western medical science and respect for Chinese tradition. His allies include a French doctor, a black marketeer, and a charismatic Chinese dwarf. His greatest refuge is the intimacy he shares with his young Chinese wife - but she has secrets of her own. Based on a true story that has been lost to history, set during the last days of imperial Russia, The Winter Station is a richly textured and brilliant novel about mortality, fear and love.

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