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Piranesi

Piranesi

eBook - 2020
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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.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

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styellow
Apr 24, 2021

A story well told, beautifully written, sad and heartwarming all at once. The story asks the question of what happened to the magic that once was in the world. The story is told from the view point of someone who does not seem to remember his past which provided tons of mystery to the story telling. So many questions right out of the gate. Piranesi is the kind of story that sticks with you, leaves you thinking. I have not read anything quite like it but if you like Erin Morgensern's books you will most likely like this book too.

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lyderz
Apr 15, 2021

For some reason I wasn’t expecting to like this book very much but I ended up loving it. I won’t say much because I think you should go into it as clueless as possible but here are a few vague reasons why I enjoyed it: it was intriguing right from the start, the setting was dark and whimsical, the main character was very lovable, and it was both melancholy and heartwarming.

ReadingAdviser_Dylan Apr 13, 2021

A completely unique and engrossing puzzlebox of a novel. The beginning of this book is pretty disorienting but as some of the pieces start to fit it becomes impossible to put down. I don't think I've ever read anything quite like this before.

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JLMason
Mar 25, 2021

Piranesi harkens back to a time when humans were connected to the landscape and vigilant of the forces of nature. It creates a sense of "other worldliness", wonder, and reverence. This way-of-being has been lost in our modern world, but the potential to reconnect remains.

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PrairieSouls
Mar 01, 2021

A Masterpiece. A little Jewel of a Novel. Clarke has created a strange and alluring world where battles strength of will and cleverness and cruelty. Truly imaginative story.

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llewol
Feb 15, 2021

This was a terrific book!

I loved the fact that, for me, it was completely original. I've never read anything quite like it. It has a bit of a David Mitchell quality in terms of the inventiveness and the creation of a world unlike our own. Clarke is meticulous in maintaining the consistency of her universe. Even though everything is not explained, there are no "cheats" - everything feels cohesive and well considered, right to the end

It may be a bit daunting at first - you do have to accept an original universe and get to know it through the protagonists eyes. But, I soon found myself completely hooked and ending up reading the entire novel in two sessions. It was that compelling. Plus, the writing is superb. Very concise and beautiful. Given the premise I thought there was going to be lots of needless description, but I don't think there was an unnecessary word in the whole book.

Piranesi is a very engaging character. You have to love and admire him, which means that spending time with him in his world is nothing but a delight. This is important as he is pretty much on every page.

Best of all, the book is satisfying right to the end. So many times a book gets of to a good start with an interesting premise and then falters. Not here, it was terrific right to the last word!

PimaLib_ChristineR Feb 11, 2021

I have heard somewhere that the beginning of a novel is the most difficult for readers because they are dropped into something completely new, and that was certainly the case with Piranesi where the first person narrator describes his simple life inside a giant house full of sculptures, with the sea enclosed on the ground floor and the clouds and rain coming from the stories above. It was weird, confusing, and I was definitely concerned about where a story about a world with only two inhabitants can go. BUT, I can tell you that my concerns were unfounded, the story brilliant, and it is worth your time to get beyond the discomfort of the opening act and dive into the metaphors that the House presents.

It's not a long read, but Piranesi is a story that will stick with you for a long time.

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krsbozo
Jan 06, 2021

A remarkable story in a fantastic world. I loved the main character, Piranesi, and enjoyed all the time I spent with him in his world. I also liked how the story was revealed through his thorough review of his own journals, and his thorough approach to figuring out what is a bit of a mystery. I'm interested in reading more by Susanna Clarke.

I read this novel as an ebook from another library.

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AlteredStaite
Jan 02, 2021

Because I always give author's more than one chance, I took this out of the library almost immediately after finishing "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell" (which I really didn't like).

I loved this one. Short and sweet and not outrageously over written. She is redeemed but I do think I'll stay away from the other series. I'm starting "The Ladies of Grace Adieu" today. Fingers crossed

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Belfire206
Jan 01, 2021

Like the labyrinth of a house that is Piranesi's private world, this story has many levels and fog-shrouded conceptions. It's the most unusual, metaphysical but also approachable and readable work I've encountered in a long time. The name Piranesi is not defined in the book, so I looked it up online. It turns out Piranesi was a real person, an architect and artist, in the 1700s famous for his etchings of Rome and of fictitious and atmospheric "prisons." Susanna Clarke seems to have seen these etchings and determined to inhabit them in a novel. Don't be afraid to enter the labyrinth to travel through a compelling highly imaginative tale that arrives at a satisfying conclusion.

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lyderz
Apr 15, 2021

“May your Paths be safe, your Floors unbroken and may the House fill your eyes with Beauty.“ -Susanna Clarke

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