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A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLERA NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe spectacular new novel from the bestselling author of JONATHAN STRANGE MR NORRELL one of our greatest living authors New York MagazinePiranesi lives in the House Perhaps he always hasIn his notebooks day after day he makes a clear and careful record of its wonders the labyrinth of halls the thousands upon thousands of statues the tides that thunder up staircases the clouds that move in slow procession through the upper halls On Tuesdays and Fridays Piranesi sees his friend the Other At other times he brings tributes of food to the Dead But mostly he is aloneMessages begin to appear scratched out in chalk on the pavements There is someone new in the House But who are they and what do they want? Are they a friend or do they bring destruction and madness as the Other claims?Lost texts must be found; secrets must be uncovered The world that Piranesi thought he knew is becoming strange and dangerous The Beauty of the House is immeasurable; its Kindness infiniteWhat a world Susanna Clarke conjures into being Piranesi is an exuisite puzzle box DAVID MITCHELLIt subverts expectations throughout Utterly otherworldly GuardianPiranesi astonished me It is a miraculous and luminous feat of storytelling MADELINE MILLERBrilliantly singular Sunday TimesA gorgeous spellbinding mystery This book is a treasure washed up upon a forgotten shore waiting to be discovered ERIN MORGENSTERNHead spinning Fully imagined and richly evoked Telegraph Firstly this is a strange story How strange? Hmm Consider if HP Lovecraft had an imagination of massive goodness and gentleness to partner with his skill at grandeur That strange Or if the lyrics to A Whiter Shade of Pale were expanded into a cohesive novel length narrative That analogy too might work Consider your own appetite for strange before you jump in to buy and begin This story became truly entrancing for meA young man Piranesi though that is not the name on his birth certificate but a name given to him by the Other lives in the House a vast labyrinth of halls and corridors and staircases filled with exuisite marble statues Piranesi leads a simple life; he fishes dries seaweed for soup and fuel maps and memorizes the tides that at times course through the House walks the halls in reverence and keeps a journal according to his own calendar of what he observes and feels and comes to know Twice a week for one hour only he has an appointment with the man known as the Other The Other is always dressed smartly in suits and a tie Piranesi is dressed in the rags that remain of the clothes he must have worn when he arrived at the House Piranesi dresses his hair with seashells and seaweed Piranesi does not know where the Other comes from or goes to outside these two weekly appointments but believes at least in the beginning the Other to also live in the HousePiranesi respects the Other but is also wary of him For the Other warns that Piranesi will go mad or be in other dangers if he does not do what the Other wants Piranesi researches his memories and his journals and his thoughts and reflects that maybe it is the Other who is mad and not heAnd so this simple life carries on until there are messages left for Piranesi from an intruder and signs of an intruder's presence The Other warns the young man that the new presence is a mortal danger to himSusanna Clarke's storytelling language is stately grand as befitting the realm in which the story takes place She uses a language full of descriptions of statues minutely observed loved and adored Piranesi speaks the same language reverence at being in the presence of the magnificence of the House The story unfolds There is action Twists and turns Then dangers But who is the dangerous one for Piranesi; the Other or the intruder?Returning to strangeness for a moment By the end of the first few pages I was both bored and irritated Thirty or forty pages further on I was captivated This is NOT a pulse pounding page turner In fact it is difficult even to ascribe a genre to it Then I reached a point I turned the pages as fast as I could kindle pages Hah It is so refreshing to read something so different and that is so exuisitely plotted out and well written And at the very last after the final paragraph which is resonant and glorious I felt loss; for there is no of this wonderful story to read

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PiranesiA SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLERA NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe spectacular new novel from the bestselling author of JONATHAN STRANGE MR NORRELL one of our greatest living authors New York MagazinePiranesi lives in the House Perhaps he always hasIn his notebooks day after day he makes a clear and careful record of its wonders the labyrinth of halls the thousands upon thousands of statues the tides that thunder up staircases the clouds that move in slow procession through the upper halls On Tuesdays and Fridays Piranesi sees his friend the Other At other times he brings tributes of food to the Dead But mostly he is aloneMessages begin to appear scratched out in chalk on the pavements There is someone new in the House But who are they and what do they want? Are they a friend or do they bring destruction and madness as the Other claims?Lost texts must be found; secrets must be uncovered The world that Piranesi thought he knew is becoming strange and dangerous The Beauty of the House is immeasurable; its Kindness infiniteWhat a world Susanna Clarke conjures into being Piranesi is an exuisite puzzle box DAVID MITCHELLIt subverts expectations throughout Utterly otherworldly GuardianPiranesi astonished me It is a miraculous and luminous feat of storytelling MADELINE MILLERBrilliantly singular Sunday TimesA gorgeous spellbinding mystery This book is a treasure washed up upon a forgotten shore waiting to be discovered ERIN MORGENSTERNHead spinning Fully imagined and richly evoked Telegraph This review doesn’t have spoilers as such uestions that I feel are unanswered I can’t find the answers online and I feel like I’m missing something hugely important or perhaps utterly irrelevant? This book has left me reeling I devoured it in a couple of bath times and I adored it It’s like nothing I’ve ever read before I’m usually pretty good at guessing plot twists turns of fate and endings This one two thirds of the way through I felt like I’d lost my grip on anything I thought I knew It’s a great read and you will easily find yourself lost in the other world HOWEVER what is the House? Is it real? Throughout the book I had assumed it was a metaphor for something Is it? Then I thought surely Piranesi was simply mad and the house existed only in his imagination Did it? But then others arrive and see it’s beauty They are haunted by it He leaves? He comes back freely as and when he chooses He brings others back who have visited before yet it’s not as I expected magically transformed to a dank little basement or a derelict house a lonely prison cell It remains just as vast and as beautiful as it always has been I’m so confused but in the most delightful ways I feel like I’m missing something or perhaps I’m not missing anything at all Maybe I’m trying too hard to make sense of something that is simply deliberately unexplainable? Or maybe I’m not

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Download eBook × Piranesi ê å Join or create book clubs ô [BOOKS] ✯ Piranesi ✹ Join or create book clubs – Eyltransferservices.co.uk A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLERA NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe spectacular new novel from the bestselling author of JONATHAN STRANGE MR NORRELL one of our greaA SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLERA NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe spectacular new novel from the bestselling author of JONATHAN STRANGE MR NORRELL one of our greatest living authors New York MagazinePiranesi lives in the House Perhaps he always hasIn his notebooks day after day he makes a clear and careful record of its wonders the labyrinth of halls the thousands upon thousands of statues the tides that thunder up staircases the clouds that move in slow procession through the upper halls On Tuesdays and Fridays Piranesi sees his friend the Other At other times he brings tributes of food to the Dead But mostly he is aloneMessages begin to appear scratched out in chalk on the pavements There is someone new in the House But who are they and what do they want? Are they a friend or do they bring destruction and madness as the Other claims?Lost texts must be found; secrets must be uncovered The world that Piranesi thought he knew is becoming strange and dangerous The Beauty of the House is immeasurable; its Kindness infiniteWhat a world Susanna Clarke conjures into being Piranesi is an exuisite puzzle box DAVID MITCHELLIt subverts expectations throughout Utterly otherworldly GuardianPiranesi astonished me It is a miraculous and luminous feat of storytelling MADELINE MILLERBrilliantly singular Sunday TimesA gorgeous spellbinding mystery This book is a treasure washed up upon a forgotten shore waiting to be discovered ERIN MORGENSTERNHead spinning Fully imagined and richly evoked Telegraph Piranesi begins with short staccato speech The narrator almost seems to be speaking pidgin English If you haven’t read Susanna Clarke’s other works you might be forgiven for thinking you’re reading badly written proseBut then another character enters—the uasi mythological “Other” He seems uite able to communicate in a modern and realistic way And as the text unfolds you realize that you are simultaneously reading a mystery about a twenty first century disappearance and a meditation on the consciousness of ancient and modern humanityI won’t spoil the mystery but Clarke’s choice to set into prose an understanding of the differences between antiuity and the modern world is ingenious The statues the ancestor worship the diminution of personality and the exaltation of the symbolic—all of these and are rendered from an effort at the ancient worldviewAs for the mystery the reader is given enough clues before the final unveiling to keep it interesting Even Piranesi as the narrator’s name is a hint he was an Italian artist of the eighteenth century who created a series of depictions of imaginary labyrinths; exactly the type of world the narrator exploresIf you like mythology mysteries and puzzles you are certain to like Piranesi Those with a philosophical interest in how consciousness has varied throughout history will also want to read this book Intellectual without losing the enjoyability of a good detective story Highly recommended