Piranesi

Piranesi

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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: New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020.
ISBN: 9781635575637
163557563X
Branch Call Number: FANTASY CLARKE S
Characteristics: 245 pages ; 22 cm

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Godzilla 20 from 2020 List created by LPL_IanS Twenty books published in 2020 that I read (or plan to read just as soon as the holds list is down to zero). Piranesi’s world is one of seemingly infinite grand classical halls. The lower levels are flooded. The highest touch the clouds. Innumerable statues populate “the House,” but innocent Piranesi and the enigmatic “Other” are its only known human… (more)


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Piranesi by Susanna Clark - Piranesi’s world is one of seemingly infinite grand classical halls. The lower levels are flooded. The highest touch the clouds. Innumerable statues populate “the House,” but innocent Piranesi and the enigmatic “Other” are its only known human residents. Until now. A b... Read More »

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Piranesi’s world is one of seemingly infinite grand classical halls. The lower levels are flooded. The highest touch the clouds. Innumerable statues populate “the House,” but innocent Piranesi and the enigmatic “Other” are its only known human residents. Until now. A beautiful, atmospheric, awe-i... Read More »


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Apr 26, 2021

Susanna Clarke creates a book that will mess with the reader’s mind, and have them scrambling to fill in the gaps on their own. In my opinion, this book was slow at the beginning, but if you stick with it, you won’t be disappointed. The descriptions of the beautiful architecture where the book is set can keep you entertained until the plot really picks up in the middle. In certain cases, you’ll figure out some things even before the narrator does. There’s a large “who’s the real villain?” plot that’s super intriguing and will keep you guessing until the last page. Super great book! Would recommend it to lovers of Greek mythology.

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