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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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  • Ugh!

    I really wanted to read this book and had high hopes for it! I read it front to back and I did not enjoy it! Sure it had a few good spots but it was so all over the place jumping back and forth between years and people! I found it very hard to follow! I seen some comments saying they loved it, I don't know if I was missing something but it was far to jumbled for me!! I was very disappointed!

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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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  • Through a glass darkly

    This was a selection from the Front of House Book Club of the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario. Personally I was not overly impressed with this novel, I found the story lines, and there were many, very disjointed. The characters do weave back and forth between the story lines but the story lines only seem to come together in the final two chapters after the main character has disappeared and is presumed dead. I would have liked to see more connection between the story lines because at times it felt like I was reading several different novels at the same time rather than a unified story. I know it was shortlisted for the Giller Prize but I'm not sure that I would have recommended it.

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