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The Glass Hotel por Emily St. John Mandel
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The Glass Hotel (original 2020; edição 2020)

por Emily St. John Mandel

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"[A] novel of money, beauty, white-collar crime, ghosts, and moral compromise in which a woman disappears from a container ship off the coast of Mauritania and a massive Ponzi scheme implodes in New York, dragging countless fortunes with it"--
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Título:The Glass Hotel
Autores:Emily St. John Mandel
Informação:Picador, Kindle Edition, 321 pages
Colecções:2020, A sua biblioteca
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A haunted novel, full of ghosts, told in leaps forward and backward in time and from one POV to another. If you read certain plot synopses, you will hear that it’s about characters whose lives intersect around an investment Ponzi scheme, and that might give you a misleading idea about what this novel is really about. I’d say it’s more about unintended consequences and the tenuousness of our positions in life. ( )
  Charon07 | Jul 16, 2021 |
"Luxury is a weakness." That thought, expressed in this wonderfully imagined novel, really speaks to me in our current times. "The Glass Hotel" is all about what is shown versus what is real, again totally on point for our Instagram shallow times, and seeing who is actually happy with themselves and their lives contrasted with who has the veneer of happiness is fascinating. One of my favorite writing adages is that an author should "show not tell" and this is a fantastic example of that idea at work. It won't tell you what you should think, it simply shows you people living their lives and lets you see what is true. I won't get into the plot but it works very well to give all the characters conflict and change that drives them through their journeys. Ms St. John Mandel does a masterful job of jumping between time periods and reveals facts in timely fashion, very much like a Kate Atkinson novel, and the payoff is in those "aha" moments where the tumblers fall into place. An absorbing, interesting, and highly relevant read. I will definitely be reading some of her other books. ( )
  MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
I liked it but I truly had no idea what the point was. ( )
  SocProf9740 | Jul 11, 2021 |
I was so lucky to receive an ARC of this book as Emily St. John Mandel is one of my all time favorite writers! Thank you so much to the publishers!!! Getting this book in my hands early made my entire month!!

Everything that I have read by Emily St. John Mandel has had such a profound impact on my soul, this book included. The story flowed like a small stream winding in and out of reality and interweaving with other small streams along the way, connecting in the most surreal and beautiful ways. The Glass Hotel was utterly transportive for me. Whenever I would pick it up I would be completely whisked away to another world.. as if in a dream. The book had a very dreamlike quality to it in general. If you have ever woken up from a dream and felt the powerful loss of not being able to grasp onto for a little longer.. that is how this book made me feel. It is nostalgic and melancholy but also beautiful, powerful and true. For me this book wasn't even so much about the plot as it was about the characters and about the way it made me feel. Her characters are so real it was like I could reach out and touch them. I love living in the worlds and the stories that Emily creates and I tried to savor this one for as long as I could. I was so sad when it ended! I can't recommend the book strongly enough and I hope that comes across in my review! I may be slightly oxygen deprived as I just finished and I don't think I took a single breath for the last 20 pages. This is a must read for anyone who is looking for a book that will feed their soul and make them feel something true. ( )
  Be.enigmatic | Jul 11, 2021 |
This is not Station Eleven again, which I regard as not a bad thing, but if that's what you were expecting, be forewarned. There are stylistic similarities in how she plays with time and sequence, as well as the writing.

A lot of the plot is given away on the book flap: Vincent (I immediately visualized her as the singer St. Vincent, and was amused to see that the character was named for the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay) is a bartender at a 5 star hotel off the northern tip of Vancouver Island. She meets the hotel's owner, a financier who turns out to be involved in a Madoff style scheme. When he goes to jail, she walks away. Written out like that, it doesn't seem like much of a plot, and maybe it isn't. However, Mandel effectively employs multiple points of view to see the events from different perspectives and allow the reader to put it together. It winds up achieving a lot more depth than a summary can convey. ( )
  arosoff | Jul 11, 2021 |
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It’s a beguiling conceit: the global financial crisis as a ghost story. As one of Alkaitis’s employees reflects of a swindled investor: “It wasn’t that she was about to lose everything, it was that she had already lost everything and just didn’t know it yet.” But Mandel’s abiding literary fascination is even more elemental: isn’t every moment – coiled with possibilities – its own ghost story? Isn’t every life a counterlife?... All contemporary novels are now pre-pandemic novels – Covid-19 has scored a line across our culture – but what Mandel captures is the last blissful gasp of complacency, a knowing portrait of the end of unknowing. It’s the world we inhabited mere weeks ago, and it still feels so tantalisingly close; our ache for it still too raw to be described as nostalgia. “Do you find yourself sort of secretly hoping that civilisation collapses ... Just so that something will happen?” a friend asks Vincent. Oh, for the freedom of that kind of reckless yearning.
adicionada por Lemeritus | editarThe Guardian, Beejay Silcox (May 2, 2020)
 
The Glass Hotel isn't dystopian fiction; rather it's "straight" literary fiction, gorgeous and haunting, about the porous boundaries between past and present, the rich and the poor, and the realms of the living and the dead.... This all-encompassing awareness of the mutability of life grows more pronounced as The Glass Hotel reaches its eerie sea change of an ending. In dramatizing so ingeniously how precarious and changeable everything is, Mandel's novel is topical in a way she couldn't have foreseen when she was writing it.
adicionada por Lemeritus | editarNPR, Maureen Corrigan (Mar 30, 2020)
 
The question of what people keep when they lose everything clearly intrigues Mandel.... By some miracle, although it’s hard to determine what it’s about, The Glass Hotel is never dull. The pleasure, which in the case of The Glass Hotel is abundant, lies in the patterns themselves, not in anything they mean. This novel invites you to inhabit it without striving or urging; it’s a place to be, always fiction’s most welcome effect.
adicionada por Lemeritus | editarSlate, Laura Miller (Mar 24, 2020)
 
Mandel is a consummate, almost profligate world builder. One superbly developed setting gives way to the next, as her attention winds from character to character, resting long enough to explore the peculiar mechanics of each life before slipping over to the next.... The disappointment of leaving one story is immediately quelled by our fascination in the next.....what binds the novel is its focus on the human capacity for self-delusion, particularly with regards to our own innocence. Rare, fortunately, is the moral idiot who can boast, “I don’t take responsibility at all.” The complex, troubled people who inhabit Mandel’s novel are vexed and haunted by their failings, driven to create ever more pleasant reflections of themselves in the glass.
adicionada por Lemeritus | editarThe Washington Post, Ron Charles (sítio Web pago) (Mar 23, 2020)
 
This latest novel from the author of the hugely successful Station Eleven forgoes a postapocalyptic vision for something far scarier—the bottomless insecurity of contemporary life.... Highly recommended; with superb writing and an intricately connected plot that ticks along like clockwork, Mandel offers an unnerving critique of the twinned modern plagues of income inequality and cynical opportunism. [
adicionada por Lemeritus | editarLibrary Journal, Reba Leiding (sítio Web pago) (Feb 1, 2020)
 

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