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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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Some authors think outside the box. With her second novel, Susanna Clarke thinks outside the room the box is in. A man called Piranesi lives in a fantastically sprawling building that goes on and on for miles. The bottommost floor is filled with an ocean, the topmost is sprinkled with clouds, and the rest is a maze of pillars, staircases, and exquisite marble statues. Clarke, the author of the delightful bestseller Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, turns this quirky notion into a thrilling and esoteric mystery. At first, we didn’t know what to think about the hero’s odd, heartbreakingly innocent first-person narration. But soon enough, we couldn’t put this strange story down. We wanted to figure out exactly who Piranesi is and how he ended up recording the tides and living on saltwater fish inside this surreal Escher painting of a home. We won’t spoil any more details about the captivating events and plot twists that unfold—the less you know about this unpredictable novel, the better.
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Thoughtful and Surprisingly Deep
I thought this book was very fulfilling. Much shorter than the lauded Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrel, this book is a little faster paced and kept me turning the pages until there weren’t anymore! I wish I could read it again not knowing where it was going to end up. Definitely a recommended read from me!
search is broken on books for mac
The book itself is 5 stars for me, but there's something wrong with ibooks edition. Whenever I try to search for any substring of a chapter title, e.g. "prophet", the mac app crashes for me with an NSRangeException iBooks is always pushing book updates at me, I would really like an update that fixes search?
An enchanting and compelling mystery
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. ◾︎