Last Night in Montreal
From the New York Times bestselling author of Station Eleven
Lilia has been leaving people behind her entire life. Haunted by her inability to remember her early childhood, and by a mysterious shadow that seems to dog her wherever she goes, Lilia moves restlessly from city to city, abandoning lovers and friends along the way. But then she meets Eli, and he's not ready to...more
NOTE: I tried to mark this as "spoiler" but if I messed up somewhere, please read with caution! There may be spoilers.
1. What was the significance, if any, of the contrast between the heat of Arizona and the freezing cold of Montreal? Mandel clearly emphasizes both.
2. What do you think Christopher's true feelings were for Lilia? Why did he throw the glass at Michaela?
3. What was the significance of language? Specifically dying language and Montreal's desperate, almost militaristic attempts to maintain the French language?
4. What do you think finally made Lilia settle down and stop running?
5. Which do you think Mandel (or her characters) valued more: being alone or always being around someone? (less) (hide spoiler)]
What an incredibly absorbing story!
Again, I have no memory of how this book crossed my path. I can’t remember who recommended it or where I first noticed it.
It’s not a new release, originally published back in 2009, and is apparently this author’s debut novel. But, it’s new to me, as is this author. But no matter how I discovered it, or how old it is, I still found this book to be a very atmospheric mystery, and I’m glad ...more
This is the first book I read by Emily St. John Mandel ...( it was her first book)
I fell madly in love with her instantly- and knew I wanted to continue reading her books. I have : read them all!
She was an independent author until
“Station Eleven”... the book which gave her a more wide spread name —
I still hold a special spot in my heart for this book - I noticed something about her writing so fresh - so clean - And the story is great!
I got to meet Emily after ...more
I can't say I didn't like the book. There's mystery aswirl on every page and ...more
Let's start with the premise, a young man in New York wakes up with the woman he loves, and whom he thinks he knows quite well. Then, in a way that is normal and routine, she announces she's going to pick up a few items at the corner store. However, she does not return. No note, no phone call, nothing. Soon he discovers that she's traveled to Montreal, but there's no evidence she plans to come back, or even that she plans to stay in Montreal.
I guarantee, ...more
However. The ...more
I have started to read aloud to the dogs in the mornings (don't judge - I am not crazy but reading aloud makes me slow down and listen to the language) and started them ...more
Absorbed from page one. Never wanted to put it down. Finished in a few days but I could easily have finished it in one.
Not your average book about a girl that goes missing. Intertwined with themes of love, kinship, friendship, family and being thankful. No wonder I loved Station Eleven if this is how good her first book was. A whopping 5 stars and worthy of every one.
It's hard to like a book when you really dislike the supposed "victim". The real victims of this story were Eli and Michaela, people who took the time to care about this person.
A common theme for me, but again I loved the structure of the novel, moving back and forth in time.
NOTE: Audible version. Recommended!
Lilia is a young woman compelled to travel. After a certain short amount of time in any given location, she must move on, not so much because she wants to leave but because she needs to go. Like any compulsion, the reason for it is lost to Lilia in a cloud of amnesia.
The novel opens on a day when she has just left a man who loved her, who accepted ...more
It is off to a fantastic start - but bogs down about of the way through. When someone is holding a secret, you want to know it, and may bargain, but eventually there is a point beyond which you are tired of waiting and your thoughts move on. Like that.
And there are a few too many envisioned driving scenes with mirrored desert in the mirage ...more
1)It's extremely cold in the winter.
2)The people are fanatical unto absurdity about the "Speak French or get out" campaign.
The boyfriend spends a couple of weeks looking for Lilia in Montreal, but other than some street names and mentions of landmarks, there's no real sense of the city itself.
I think the author is a good writer and has great potential, but the story and ...more
Wow. What a novel. I couldn't put this book down, and read the final 100 pages on a Sunday morning before I could do anything else. The book is a breeze and a joy to read, and the author's pace just urges the reader on and on. St. John Mandel is a great writer, and I'm looking forward to more from her. She's got a terrific sense of place, and created such amazingly well-rounded, realistic characters I keep thinking about them days later.
Beautifully written, the Canadian cold and city become vital characters, too. The title is as ambiguous as the key players.
Last Night in Montreal is a story that masterfully interweaves several complex elements. Lilia has been traveling for years, ever since her father abducted her from her home, when she was seven. For a long time, Lilia and her father were on the road. They kept moving from town to town. Lilia soon learned to read a map, ...more
This is a great review that hits all the points that I’d like to have mentioned, but don’t have the time right now to do so:
I highly recommend the audiobook version of this novel, as ...more
Stop looking for me. I'm not missing; I do not want to be found. I wish to remain vanishing. I don't want to go home. – Lilia.
Last Night in Montreal – Emily St. John Mandel's recently re-released first novel – is a beautifully structured meditation on the natures of obsession, loss, and the doggedness of family ties; even when we've run away from our families; even when our families have run away from us.
In the beginning we meet Eli – a Brooklyn-based academic working on his thesis about dead ...more
Last Night in Montreal examines not only Lilia's story but how her story affects the others that are someway connected with her life. In much the way I found Mandel's ...more
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Her fourth novel, Station Eleven, is forthcoming in September 2014. All three of her previous novels—Last Night in Montreal, The Singer's Gun, and The Lola Quartet—were Indie Next ...more