This novel was simply a delight. I loved the way the mystery around the “house” and Piranesi unfolded. It was perfectly paced and just felt so utterly complete. Not a sentence or thought was wasted and the ending left me with a deep sense of satisfaction. Clarke builds a world of striking beauty mixed with fearsome imagery. It was both exhilarating and mysterious. It is a book that makes you truly think of the meaning of the phrase “stop and smell the roses.” There is beauty all around, when was the last time you really stopped and looked at it? A new favorite.
If you love audiobooks, my sister said it was perfect.
Synopsis: 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.
[ID: The book Piranesi by Susanna Clarke, resting on succulents of all different sizes and colors.]
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