Book - 2021 | Large print ed.
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Publisher: United States : Gale, A Cengage Company, 2021.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781432886578
Characteristics: 365 pages


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List - Best of 2020
JacksonO_OshLib Dec 10, 2020

Susanna Clarke's first novel in more than a decade, though considerably shorter than Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell, is no less of a wild ride. Piransei lives in an impossible house, a labyrinth within other labyrinths. An unending number of corridors, rooms, and an ocean are trapped within i... Read More »

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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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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