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Piranesi: ‘Spectacular’ The Times (2020. Auflage)

von Susanna Clarke (Autor)

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Piranesi lives in the House. Perhaps he always has. In 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 and waterlilies to the Dead. But mostly, he is alone. Messages 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 infinite.… (mehr)
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Titel:Piranesi: ‘Spectacular’ The Times
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Piranesi von Susanna Clarke

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Ok, well maybe somewhere between 4.5 and 4.75. I enjoyed this. I like the unreliable narrator (even if based on some form of amnesia). I got right into this from the start (I read that others had difficulty getting into this world). And even though I thought it was obvious who was who and who to be wary of, I still enjoyed it. I like the world building in such a small space, contrasted with the vast universes built by some other authors. I found the ending a bit conventional, so points off; but at the moment I don’t have a suggestion on how to do it differently.

I find it interesting that Dr Strange was a DNF for me yet I blew right through this. And more interesting still to read other reviewers who loved Strange and not this. ( )
  jimgosailing | Nov 18, 2021 |
A brilliantly mysterious and creepy premise that reminded me of House of Leaves, albeit in a far more conventional package. Not sure the conclusion quite lives up to the set-up, but I definitely enjoyed this as something so fresh. Jonathan Strange has gone straight on my 'to read' list. ( )
  alexrichman | Nov 17, 2021 |
While a tough start due to the esoteric and personally removed setting, the growth of the characters in the story make this a great book that is well worth the read. ( )
  SESchend | Nov 2, 2021 |
I enjoyed Piranesi. It was a great little read. Just the right length for what it is. the reader is dropped into an unfamiliar world with a close 1rst person narrative. But the story builds out in concentric circles so you don't feel lost or confused. You just get to discover the world bit by bit. The reveals are good enough to keep you going. The payoff at the end isn't great, but the book is short enough that you don't feel ripped off. It's just a nice light read. ( )
  ZephyrusW | Oct 31, 2021 |
Fantasy Mystery
Review of the Bloomsbury Publishing hardcover edition (2020)

See image at https://i.pinimg.com/564x/59/18/52/5918521d1d4cbd51d0e007491d46f677.jpg
The Arch with a Shell Ornament, from Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary Prisons) c.1749-50 by Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778). Image sourced from Pinterest.

I was hesitant about reading Piranesi, as I had a hard time even getting through a few chapters of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2004) and I feared the same tedious, long-winded style. Seeing that it had won the Women's Prize for Fiction 2021 caused me to give it a chance. The first few chapters didn't really grab me, but I pushed through regardless and several chapters later I was completely engaged by it. Generally, fantasy fiction is not my thing, but this is somewhat more along the lines of a mystery which you gradually solve along with the title character.

As many reviews say, this is not a book that you should start by knowing very much about it. It is enough to know that the character Piranesi (a name that has been assigned by another character and is presumably inspired by the Italian architectural fantasist Giovanni Battista Piranesi) is somehow imprisoned in a world that is a seemingly limitless series of halls and vestibules where the only decorations are statues. Birds and fish are the only other apparent inhabitants and the structures are periodically subject to flooding.

Clarke has done a wonderful job of slowly peeling back the revelations of this world with clues which allow the reader to be perhaps a few steps ahead of the title character. So there is an element of flattery of the reader, which is always a winning formula in my eyes.

If you are hesitant about fantasy, but are enthusiastic about mysteries you should give this a try. It may end up intriguing and pleasing you as much as it did me. ( )
  alanteder | Oct 18, 2021 |
Here it is worth reflecting on the subject of Clarke's overt homage. The historical Piranesi, an 18th-century engraver, is celebrated for his intricate and oppressive visions of imaginary prisons and his veduta ideate, precise renderings of classical edifices set amid fantastic vistas. Goethe, it is said, was so taken with these that he found the real Rome greatly disappointing. Clarke fuses these themes, seducing us with imaginative grandeur only to sweep that vision away, revealing the monstrosities to which we can not only succumb but wholly surrender ourselves.

The result is a remarkable feat, not just of craft but of reinvention. Far from seeming burdened by her legacy, the Clarke we encounter here might be an unusually gifted newcomer unacquainted with her namesake's work. If there is a strand of continuity in this elegant and singular novel, it is in its central pre-occupation with the nature of fantasy itself. It remains a potent force, but one that can leave us - like Goethe among the ruins - forever disappointed by what is real.
 
How fantastic to have a bestselling novel with an index right at its heart.
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Piranesi lives in the House. Perhaps he always has. In 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 and waterlilies to the Dead. But mostly, he is alone. Messages 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 infinite.

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