Piranesi

Piranesi

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"From the ... 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020.
ISBN: 9781635575637
9781635575644
9781635576757
9781635576849
9781635577037
Characteristics: 245 pages ; 22 cm

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Clarke's long-awaited follow-up novel after 2004's Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is almost nothing like her debut, except perhaps for its bold originality. A list of this short, page-turning novel's uncanny qualities has to begin with its strange setting. The "House," as its narrato... Read More »

Clarke's long-awaited follow-up novel after 2004's Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is almost nothing like her debut, except perhaps for its bold originality. A list of this short, page-turning novel's uncanny qualities has to begin with its strange setting. The "House," as its narrato... Read More »

Clarke's long-awaited follow-up novel after 2004's Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is almost nothing like her debut, except perhaps for its bold originality. A list of this short, page-turning novel's uncanny qualities has to begin with its strange setting. The "House," as its narrato... Read More »


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vecteevs
Oct 23, 2020

I don't want to praise it too highly, for then the next reader wiil be disappointed, but i couldn't put it down. It is both real and surreal. Any summary of the plot wiil not be fair to the evocative descriptions and plot revelations.

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brangwinn
Sep 15, 2020

When I fail to be as enthralled by a book, as other reviewers, I often wonder why. I think in this case it is because I am not really an erudite reader. In reading the reviews I came across the description of “academic thriller” and that it is. It is a very original tale and I think I just was not astute enough to capture all the layers in this story of Piranesi, the master and the 13 skeletons who Piranesi sees as humans. I am not particularly fond of surrealist work, and that may be at the bottom of my discomfort with this book.

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becker
Sep 11, 2020

This is one of the most cinematic books I have ever read. It is a feat of imagination. Be prepared to expand your mind a little before you start this. It challenges perceptions of reality and identity. It's going to take you to another world of labyrinth halls, marbles statues and sweeping tides of sea. What a pleasure to read.

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