Due Preparations for the Plague

Due Preparations for the Plague[PDF / Epub] ☉ Due Preparations for the Plague Author Janette Turner Hospital – Heartforum.co.uk From the author of Oyster comes this thriller for the PDF/EPUB ¿ From the author of Oyster comes this thriller.

for the PDF/EPUB ¿ Born in , Janette Turner Hospital grew up on the steamy sub tropical coast of Australia in the north eastern state of Queensland She began her teaching career in remote Queensland high schools, but since her graduate studies she has taught in universities in Australia, Canada, England, France and the United States Her first published short story Due Preparations Kindle - appeared in the Atlantic Monthly USA where it won an Atlantic First citation in Her first novel, The Ivory Swing set in the village in South India where she lived in l won Canada s , Seal Award in l She lived for many years in Canada and in she was listed as by the Toronto Preparations for the PDF/EPUB Â Globe Mail as one of Canada s Ten Best Young Fiction Writers Since then she has won a number of prizes for her eight novels and four short story collections and her work has been published in multiple foreign language collections Three of her short stories appeared in Britain s annual Best Short Stories in English in their year of publication and one of these, Unperformed Experiments Have No Results , was selected for The Best of the Best, an anthology of the decade in lThe Last Magician, her fifth novel, was listed by Publishers Weekly as one of the best novels published in in the USA and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year Oyster, her sixth novel, was a finalist for Australia s Miles Franklin Prize Award and for Canada s Trillium Award, and in England it was listed in Best Books of the Year by The Observer, which noted Oyster is a tour de force Turner Hospital is one of the best female novelists writing in English In the USA, Oyster was a New York Times Notable Book of the YearDue Preparations for the Plague won the Queensland Premier s Literary Award in , the Davitt Award from Sisters in Crime for best crime novel of the year by an Australian woman , and was shortlisted for the Christina Stead Award In , Hospital received the Patrick White Award, as well as a Doctor of Letters honoris causa from the University of QueenslandOrpheus Lost, her most recent novel, was one of five finalists for the , Australia Asia Literary prize in Orpheus Lost was also on Booklist s Top novels of the year in , along with novels by Booker Prize winner Anne Enright, National Book Award winner Denis Johnson, Philip Roth, Don DeLillo, Michael Ondaatje, Ian MacEwan, Ha Jin, and Michael ChabonThe novel also made the list of Best Books of the Year of Library Journal, and Hospital was invited to be a keynote speaker at the annual convention of the American Library Association in Los Angeles in June The Italian edition, Orfeo Perduto, has been so well received in Italy that it will be a featured title at the literary festival on Lake Maggiore in June where Hospital will be a featured authorShe holds an endowed chair as Carolina Distinguished Professor of English at the University of South Carolina and in received the Russell Research Award for Humanities and Social Sciences, conferred by the university for the most significant faculty contribution research, publication, teaching and service in a given year.

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  • Paperback
  • 416 pages
  • Due Preparations for the Plague
  • Janette Turner Hospital
  • English
  • 17 January 2019
  • 000714928X

10 thoughts on “Due Preparations for the Plague

  1. jo says:

    this book plain blew me out of the water i must say that i listened to it, and that i just discovered the pleasures of listening to audiobooks, something i previously considered anathema i am a slow reader and i like savoring sentences and reading them over and over so it was a while before i found the right book to listen to, and this one was great because the reader reads slowly and doesn t do too much silliness with the voices though i had to wonder why they picked a male reader for a boo this book plain blew me out of the water i must say that i listened to it, and that i just discovered the pleasures of listening to audiobooks, something i previously considered anathema i am a slow reader and i like savoring sentences and reading them over and over so it was a while before i found the right book to listen to, and this one was great because the reader reads slowly and doesn t do too much silliness with the voices though i had to wonder why they picked a male reader for a book written by a woman not to be stickler about this, but when i read a book and i know that a woman wrote it, i sort of hear a female voice rather than a male voice, in my head.the first thing that attracted me to this book is the awesomeness of the title the title was first used in dead earnestness and literality by Daniel Defoe in his Due Preparations For The Plague, As Well For Soul As Body published in 2003, hospital s book seems to me a deep, if off center, analysis of 9 11, terror, and the implications and socio political fabric of terrorism i use terror here not as the current shorthand for terrorist nefariousness but as terror proper, that terrible feeling of overwhelming dread that makes us loose our bowels and go cold and dead with horror what hospital does here, she follows a bunch of young ish folks who were the kids who were let out of a fictional hijacked plane in the 80s the story is set in the year 2000 islamist groups are involved, and their final ending up in afghanistan this is not a spoiler obviously hints at a world of meaning making and signification.these kids, let out of the plane in paris or another european city i should remember but don t copenhagen before the plane s final disastrous journey to destruction and universal death, were filmed by countless cameras as they slid, distressed, terrified, and tearful, down an emergency chute, so the book is intensely visual, and images of this or that kid return almost obsessively the visuality of the book is haunting and speaks of a large system of surveillance and observation all too familiar to 2013 readers the story is the kids , now adults , obsessive reconstruction of what really happened in this respect, this is an enormously gripping spy story the details are engaging and engagingly told, the story is taut and expert, and the author keeps us guessing till the very end but what strikes most is the trauma of the children, whose lives are all by hanging by a thread they have created a website for kid survivors of the hijacking and are constantly forming connections with people and pouring over heavily redacted documents obtained through FOIA remember that to find the truth the novel moves back and forth in time, very effectively, and a lot of it takes place in paris, from which the ill fated flight departed the pain of the children is visceral two of them, samantha and jacob, are literally tortured by the events another adult who was also a child at a time and lost his mother though he himself was not on the plane , lowell, is the third protagonist and his life is in shambles the memories won t leave these people alone sam, in particular, is very angry at the aunt who adopted her after her parents and her little brother died on the flight, and the relationship between the two women is, well, fantastically described, a great portrayal of tortured but surprisingly steady, safe, and tender love as the process of discovery proceeds and the picture is assembled, there is a palpable emotional crescendo, which culminates in the final section this final section is worth the whole book alone god it is amazing and unfortunately there is nothing i can tell you without giving it all away but let me say this if this were the only literary description of the sheer awesomeness of people, of the lovingness that prevails in the face of the most ruthless evil, it would be enough to make us believe

  2. Kirsti says:

    This won a bunch of awards I hated it.

  3. L says:

    I don t have a category for this one Thriller Oh, yes Terrorists Yes CIA Named, but not specified, though obviously yes, again Survivors Oh, yeah Obsession That, too Denial Yes, of course All these elements are here, yet it isn t really about any of of these, per se It s about people, relationships, and getting through past a horrific event some do, some don t It s all very complicated The characters are richly drawn Be aware that once you begin, the book will not let you put i I don t have a category for this one Thriller Oh, yes Terrorists Yes CIA Named, but not specified, though obviously yes, again Survivors Oh, yeah Obsession That, too Denial Yes, of course All these elements are here, yet it isn t really about any of of these, per se It s about people, relationships, and getting through past a horrific event some do, some don t It s all very complicated The characters are richly drawn Be aware that once you begin, the book will not let you put it down

  4. Lori L (She Treads Softly) says:

    Due Preparations for the Plague by Janette Turner Hospital focuses on characters that all have one thing in common they all have some connection to a plane that was hijacked by terrorists thirteen years earlier When he was sixteen, Lowell s mother was on the flight and killed during the hijacking Lowell s life is still tormented by her death Samantha is a survivor She was a six year old child and allowed off the plane She is searching declassified documents connected with the hijacking and Due Preparations for the Plague by Janette Turner Hospital focuses on characters that all have one thing in common they all have some connection to a plane that was hijacked by terrorists thirteen years earlier When he was sixteen, Lowell s mother was on the flight and killed during the hijacking Lowell s life is still tormented by her death Samantha is a survivor She was a six year old child and allowed off the plane She is searching declassified documents connected with the hijacking and trying to discover the identity of a shadowy agent called Salamander Additionally, it seems that all those connected with the hijacking are dying mysterious deaths After Lowell s father dies and leaves him a bag filled with documents and tapes about the hijacking, he and Samantha team up.This is a psychological thriller that deals with terrorism and espionage It will play on your emotions as it tells a tale of deceit and deception and how one man s duplicity affects the lives of many The story switches narrators and points of view, drawing out surprising connections between the people involved and offering the readerinsight into the whole terrifying event.Certainly recent events give Due Preparations for the Plague a poignancy and timelessness that bodes well for the lasting impact it has on the reader It could be a real story The paranoia running rampant through the characters could be a legitimate feeling that they should be paying attention to Today we know there are terrorists, unethical political maneuvers, humans used as collateral, and chemical warfare Due Preparations for the Plague also deals with the psychological destruction of personal loss and death As the overleaf quote, from Daniel Defoe s Due Preparations For the Plague says I have often asked myself what I mean by preparations for the plague and I think that preparations for the plague are preparations for death But what is it to make preparations for death or what preparations are proper to be made for death Exactly what preparations can you make for your own death that are truly beneficial and not simply reactions to the obvious What risks must be taken What must we be willing to leave behind Due Preparations For the Plague is a beautifully written literary novel with sharp characterizations Every little detail is also well researched and woven seamlessly into the plot The different narrators are fully formed and developed characters each of them has a distinct and individual voice While this is a political thriller that requires some effort and concentration to read, in the end you will feel your time was well spent To state quite simply what we learn in time of pestilence that there arethings to admire in men than to despise Albert Camus, The PlagueVery Highly Recommended

  5. Pauline says:

    In Due Preparations for the Plague, Lowell is being pressured by Samantha to speak with her She is a survivor of an airplane hijacking from thirteen years ago, the same one that took the life of Lowell s mother As the anniversary of the hijacking draws near, Lowell s father passes away, entrusting Lowell with a locker key, its contents consisting of documents and videos from the past As Lowell realizes what is in his possession, Samantha and Lowell attempt to uncover the truth behind the hija In Due Preparations for the Plague, Lowell is being pressured by Samantha to speak with her She is a survivor of an airplane hijacking from thirteen years ago, the same one that took the life of Lowell s mother As the anniversary of the hijacking draws near, Lowell s father passes away, entrusting Lowell with a locker key, its contents consisting of documents and videos from the past As Lowell realizes what is in his possession, Samantha and Lowell attempt to uncover the truth behind the hijacking Along the way, they undergo a process of self discovery, enlightenment and encounter questions about responsibility This novel is recommended for teenagers and up because they will better understand the vocabulary and the hardships the hijacker victims had to go through psychologically and physically Hospital s writing style incorporates realistic situations with mystery and suspense, unravelling the mystery through flashbacks and narrations from different characters points of views At first, I found the constant change of point of views confusing and complicated However, as you read further along, the confusion clears.I found the first part of the novel interesting and it drew me in from the first page Hospital s use of rich imagery and symbolism are effective as I was able to understand the character s state of mind.he is floating loose in a nightmare, trapped in a dream in which masked men with machine guns appear but he cannot run, in which the world collapses in on him in slow motion and he knows he will be crushed, pulverised Hospital, 156 Towards the middle of the book, I began to lose interest However, it caught my attention onceas a series of significant events happened in vivid detail The victims last actions before their death were shown on videotape and Hospital truly illuminates the admirable aspects of humankind There were moments that were heartfelt and touching and the characters reached out to me The ending was interesting because it allows the reader to question society s justice system and wonder about the aftermath

  6. Jeanette Grant-Thomson says:

    This is one of my favourite books, right up there with A Thousand Splendid Suns and others It is by far my favourite Janette Turner Hospital book The story revolves around a hijacked plane, where most of the passengers are killed The children are released safely But children grow up with trauma eating at them And live in fear for their safety Samantha, one of the main characters, is now nineteen and it is thirteen years since the crash She is obsessed with finding other survivors, and t This is one of my favourite books, right up there with A Thousand Splendid Suns and others It is by far my favourite Janette Turner Hospital book The story revolves around a hijacked plane, where most of the passengers are killed The children are released safely But children grow up with trauma eating at them And live in fear for their safety Samantha, one of the main characters, is now nineteen and it is thirteen years since the crash She is obsessed with finding other survivors, and this includes wanting to link with Lowell whose mother was on the plane These two are the main players in the present 2000 I think The story is told from each of their points of view We also have the heart breaking story of lovers, Tristan and Genevieve, who were on the plane and taken hostage to use as bargaining power to get the government to release Islamic prisoners We are never quite sure about the end of T and G although it is fairly clear Sad The ending has yet another twist well, two really and is very moving.As with much of Hospital s work, the characters have strongly developed empathetic and intuitive faculties almost to occultism At times, I feel she stretches this a bit.A thriller it is and yet the characters are absorbed with philosophical questions, especially when facing death Typically JTH and enjoyable for me

  7. Jenny says:

    I actually started reading this book the first time just weeks after having a baby and decided to quit just a chapter in despite it being instantly gripping, because the characters and prose style were so edgy and intense, their anxiety so palpable, that it was tangibly fraying my overtired nerves I picked it up again recently, having made up my sleep deficit, and saw it through to the end this time It is gripping from the first page, beautifully written a true literary thriller and the I actually started reading this book the first time just weeks after having a baby and decided to quit just a chapter in despite it being instantly gripping, because the characters and prose style were so edgy and intense, their anxiety so palpable, that it was tangibly fraying my overtired nerves I picked it up again recently, having made up my sleep deficit, and saw it through to the end this time It is gripping from the first page, beautifully written a true literary thriller and the only reason I gave 4 not 5 stars is because, unlike other readers, I found that although the story itself ends in a satisfying way, I didn t quite buy into the emotional finale I found it a bit obvious and overwrought But really, I m nit picking, because this is a tremendous book

  8. Sam says:

    I was so disappointed with Due Preparations for the Plague The term lost the plot now has an origin for me I m not sure if Janet Turner Hospital s other writing follows the same trends because this was far less literary than I was expecting It was essentially a socio ploitical thriller The blurb led me to think it was something else entirely I enjoyed the beginning regardless, but once I got 3 4 of the way through it just got weird and overcrowded and full of tangents and like Hospital was I was so disappointed with Due Preparations for the Plague The term lost the plot now has an origin for me I m not sure if Janet Turner Hospital s other writing follows the same trends because this was far less literary than I was expecting It was essentially a socio ploitical thriller The blurb led me to think it was something else entirely I enjoyed the beginning regardless, but once I got 3 4 of the way through it just got weird and overcrowded and full of tangents and like Hospital was trying to make her theory of the events fit the timeline that led to the hijacking of Air France flight 64 and the deaths of all of the passengers Not a good book, would not recommend

  9. Lynne says:

    a good geopolitical thriller, as they like to say should a book about an airplane hijacking be read while on an airplane i don t know on the one hand, it makes you suspicious of all your fellow passengers every time they get up, on the other hand, nothing happening to you on the plane middle seat, crying baby, turbulence, flight delays could be as bad as the condition endured by the passengers in the book, making you feel like the flight you re on is okay.

  10. Maureen says:

    If I had reviewed this book three quarters through I d have given it a 4, but the last section bordered on the ridiculous for me and spoiled the whole book.As a former medieval scholar, the author makes lots of both direct mentions and allusions to literature of that time She implies that terrorism is the new plague rather droll considering the world situation with coronavirus as I write She infers that the sense of fear and vulnerability felt by those ancient communities in times of plague If I had reviewed this book three quarters through I d have given it a 4, but the last section bordered on the ridiculous for me and spoiled the whole book.As a former medieval scholar, the author makes lots of both direct mentions and allusions to literature of that time She implies that terrorism is the new plague rather droll considering the world situation with coronavirus as I write She infers that the sense of fear and vulnerability felt by those ancient communities in times of plague is mirrored by the fear of the modern population threatened with hijackings, anthrax attacks and the rest.All fine so far, a quite complex and engaging structure leading us to a big ending But then we end up with 10 hostages from the plane, the rest having had an easy time of it by being blown up, in a chamber pumped full of sarin and mustard gas and supplied with masks and clothing sufficient to protect them for just 24 hours Instead of waiting for a slow and agonising death, each of the hostages removes the mask and delivers a monologue in the few minutes before they die.Really So the terrorists managed to pick 10 hostages who do not panic as the bodies pile up one by one after each monologue, who are uniformly articulate and able to sum up their lives in a few minutes Pull the other one

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