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... show more
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.Five years in the writing by one of science fiction's most honored authors, Doomsday Book is a storytelling triumph. 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.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: July 1992
Publisher: Bantam Spectra
Pages no: 578
Edition language: English
Series: Oxford Time Travel (#1)
Kivrin Engle is a young history student at Oxford University, whose dream it is to time travel back in time to the Middle Ages. You see, in the 2050s, historians have the option to travel back in time as a research tool, to truly discover what the past was like. Most historians travel back to the ea...
I'm really conflicted with this book. On the one hand I can say that objectively this is an excellent novel. It's well written, the characters are fully fleshed out, the plot is engaging, etc etc. However, while I was captivated by parts of the novel there were other parts that I didn't like and str...
I first got introduced to Connie Willis through some of her more light-hearted, humorous books. This is absolutely not one of those. This book was much more serious, frustrating, and heartbreaking. Without getting into spoilers, this book portrays characters experiencing the worst bad luck imagi...
I approached this book with a puntual idea in mind. I wanted to read about time travel in the 14th century, but I thought to find more action. Actually I wasn't disappointed, at all, I liked it and the epidemic theme and all the parallelism between the events unfolding in the present and the forekno...
This book is amazing in so many ways. Willis breathes life into all her characters. At the same time, she manages to turn what could be a very depressing story into an engaging tale.