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  • Tragic, imaginative, and atmospheric!

    The Glass Hotel is an alluring, character-driven tale that immerses you into the lives of multiple strangers as their worlds quickly unravel, intersect, collide, and are ultimately ruined when a Ponzi scheme catastrophically collapses. The prose is rich and lyrical. The characters are lonely, complex, and vulnerable. And the plot told from multiple perspectives using flashbacks and alternate realities is a hauntingly sobering tale of tragedy, crime, corruption, heartbreak, manipulation, disillusionment, morality, and the true weight of a guilty conscience. Overall, The Glass Hotel is an evocative, pensive, unique page-turner with a supernatural thread that does a beautiful job of reminding us that the choices we make often have far-reaching consequences and that life rarely unfolds as we expect it to.

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  • I missed something.

    Sometimes I can pick a book that does not match my expectations (or my mood). This is one of those. I will re-read it another time to see if my opinion will differ. As for today I was completely unimpressed. The writing is good, no doubt about it, but I did not like the way the story was structured. I had to pay close attention to the dates to avoid confusion or feel lost. There are some tragic and sad moments but I did not care for any of the characters involved. Some readers may consider this book a bit depressing, but I felt nothing. I did expect a lot more from a story around a Ponzi scheme.

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  • Broken glass

    I first started hearing about this book during the summer author festivals in Canada. The story which weaves itself around a Ponzi scheme, a remote hotel, a shipping story and ghosts just seemed so attractive. Emily St John Mandel is fascinating to listen to (also a great follow on Twitter and Instagram for you artsy types) and this work was shortlisted for the Giller. It was in my head as a can’t miss Fall read to dive into over a chilly COVID lockdown week. I was wrong. This is a book that can be used as a reference to new authors to show that you can have great character background, multiple storylines, some nice “a-ha!” moments yet still leave a reader disinterested for long stretches. Midway through the book it really felt like Mandel fumbled the ball and just decided to throw a bunch of stuff against the wall to see what stuck. It’s never good when some of your minor characters pull more interest from a reader than the majority of your main characters. It lead to me daydreaming about what those smaller characters would do if added to another storyline in the book and if maybe the author already had her minds eye on bringing some of them back in a future work. I’ve always hated that feeling. The Glass Hotel did not win the Giller and has lost out on a few other awards. Guess the judges felt let down too.

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  • just ok

    An intersting story, just wish it was a bit more fluid. The storyline hopped from here to there. Good story.

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  • A thrilling, intelligent read

    A thrilling, intelligent read. So entertaining and with a very nice pace. We meet many interesting characters who, in the end, all have integral roles in the story. I really admire how the author laid out the book. It was perfectly executed, and very nicely wrapped up, in the end. If only we really could come back to "visit" after death. But who knows? Perhaps we can. It's an intriguing thought!

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