Piranesi - Susanna Clarke

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By Susanna Clarke

  • Release Date: 2020-09-15
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 5
5
From 36 Ratings

Description

New York Times Bestseller!

From the New York Times bestselling author of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, an intoxicating, hypnotic new novel set in a dreamlike alternative reality.

Piranesi's house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands upon thousands of statues, each one different from all the others. Within the labyrinth of halls an ocean is imprisoned; waves thunder up staircases, rooms are flooded in an instant. But Piranesi is not afraid; he understands the tides as he understands the pattern of the labyrinth itself. He lives to explore the house.

There is one other person in the house-a man called The Other, who visits Piranesi twice a week and asks for help with research into A Great and Secret Knowledge. But as Piranesi explores, evidence emerges of another person, and a terrible truth begins to unravel, revealing a world beyond the one Piranesi has always known.

For readers of Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane and fans of Madeline Miller's Circe, Piranesi introduces an astonishing new world, an infinite labyrinth, full of startling images and surreal beauty, haunted by the tides and the clouds.

Reviews

  • Piranesi

    4
    By hunkeredreader
    I agree with Juliusa. Magical first half that drew me into the beauty and mystery of the other world. Then the Prophet enters the story and, over many pages, gives a lot of it away. The infrequent but jarring profanity broke the spell further. The second half was satisfying but there were several plot gaps and nowhere near as much beauty as the first half. In the end it became a tender, understated love story between two people from different worlds. The theme I took away was maintaining a sense of awe, curiosity, mystery, and beauty in the face of the vicissitudes of life. In other words, the perfect book for escaping from politics and the virus.
  • An enchanting and compelling mystery

    5
    By Rludman
    Piranesi has always lived in the house as long as he can remember. He wanders the many halls and vestibules filled with giant statues of people, and animals, and minotaurs. He spends his days fishing, gathering and drying seaweed, writing in his journal, talking to birds. The only other person in the house is The Other, a mysterious individual who meets up with Piranesi regularly and occasionally gives him gifts. Told through his journal, this is book unravels the mystery of Piranesi and the house. I didn’t know anything about this book before I started. I read “Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell” by Clarke years ago and I loved it. I knew I had to get this book the day it came out. I suggest reading this book knowing as little as possible so you can enjoy the ride that this book takes you on. It’s a confusion book. The novel is a mystery told from Piranesi’s point of view, who is trying to solve the mystery. I can see how this might be frustrating to some readers, dropped in a world with no explanation, no context. Trust me, this book is a fun and wild ride and it will make sense. Just be patient and accept the mystery as it unfolds. CW: this book contains references to abuse, while not explicit, may not be for everyone. ★★★★★ • Hardcover • Fiction - Literary, Fantasy, Mystery • Published by Bloomsbury on 9/15/20. ◾︎
  • Intriguing but A Letdown

    3
    By juliusa
    Started well, lost it in second half. Ending just blah. Good idea but disappointing.