- Author: Connie Willis (1945)
- Title: Doomsday Book
- Published: 1992
- Trivia: Awarded 1992 Nebula Award
- Trivia: 1993 Hugo Award for best SF novel.
- The title of the book refers to the Domesday Book of 1086.
- Main character time-traveller Kivrin is transported 1320.
- She records her life in the Middle Ages.
- Two narratives are alternated in 36 chapters:
- Oxford 2054 –
- Medieval history department ( Prof. Gilchrist and Dunworthy) bring Kivrin Engle, a young historian specializing in medieval history back 700 years in time. Shortly after Kivrin’s transport….Oxford unexpectedly is in the grip of an influenza epidemic.
- Oxford 1320 (1348) –
- In this narrative Kivrin discovers many inconsistencies in what she “knows” about the time: the Middle English she learned is different from the local dialect, her maps are useless, her clothing is too fine, and she is far too clean.
- Conflict –
- Kivrin is in a race against time. She must find and return to the exact location of her ‘drop into the Middle Ages’. On the agreed time….she will be brought back to 2054. If she misses this appointment….she will be lost in the Middle Ages forever.
- I choose this book after learning that Connie Willis has won
- eleven Hugo Awards and seven Nebula Awards for particular works.
- This is more major awards than any other writer.
- Unfortunately the book was a disappointment.
- The Middle Ages narrative was boring.
- Strong point: While listening to the audio book some characters
- …emerge vividly.
- I cringed every time I heard Colin or Agnes whining.
- You’ll have to listen to the book to know what I mean.
- The narrative in Oxford 2054 was better….but not much.
- I join 5% of the readers who were
- not impressed by this award winning book
- ….Nebula 1992 and Hugo award 1993.
- What am I missing?
- Well, I’m not giving up on Connie Willis.
- Her book 1992 Doomsday was not very good and 200 pages too long.
- I hope her book written in 2010 Blackout
- ….will prove to me she is worth 11 Hugo Awards and 7 Nebula Awards.
- She must be doing something right!