The Glass Hotel

The Glass Hotel

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ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR:
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"The perfect novel. . . . Freshly mysterious." -- The Washington Post

From the award-winning author of Station Eleven , an exhilarating novel set at the glittering intersection of two seemingly disparate events -- the exposure of a massive criminal enterprise and the mysterious disappearance of a woman from a ship at sea.

Vincent is a bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star lodging on the northernmost tip of Vancouver Island. On the night she meets Jonathan Alkaitis, a hooded figure scrawls a message on the lobby's glass wall: Why don't you swallow broken glass . High above Manhattan, a greater crime is committed: Alkaitis's billion-dollar business is really nothing more than a game of smoke and mirrors. When his scheme collapses, it obliterates countless fortunes and devastates lives. Vincent, who had been posing as Jonathan's wife, walks away into the night. Years later, a victim of the fraud is hired to investigate a strange occurrence: a woman has seemingly vanished from the deck of a container ship between ports of call.

In this captivating story of crisis and survival, Emily St. John Mandel takes readers through often hidden landscapes: campgrounds for the near-homeless, underground electronica clubs, service in luxury hotels, and life in a federal prison. Rife with unexpected beauty, The Glass Hotel is a captivating portrait of greed and guilt, love and delusion, ghosts and unintended consequences, and the infinite ways we search for meaning in our lives.

"Compulsively readable." -- Chicago Review of Books
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2020.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780525521143
0525521143
9780525562948
9780525521150
9781524711764
Branch Call Number: FICTION MANDEL
Characteristics: 301 pages ; 22 cm

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readsalot80
Jun 15, 2021

If you don't like sad books about flawed characters, then don't read this book.

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Nativereader
Jun 02, 2021

After reading approximately 80 pages I gave up. The beginning was really dreary--a theme which continued as far as I read. No thanks

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merrywheaton
May 30, 2021

Strange characters in unusual situations with intrigue. E.g., small town girl becomes a kept woman. I found the characters hard to relate to and the situations not implausible but not appealing.

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JollyBaba
May 04, 2021

The style that made Station Eleven so mysterious and intriguing just serves to distance the reader from the characters in this book, very few of whom are interesting enough to capture any attention in the first place. The shifting focus gives glimpses into lives (ala "glass hotel") but makes everything seem dispensable. It was fine but I won't be revisiting it any time soon.

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taytaysnevets
Mar 28, 2021

The beginning of this novel, I was just hooked, like the first four chapters, were so atmospheric and spooky and I just thought her writing was brilliant, but then pretty quickly it changes to this whole thing about a Ponzi scheme and it just feels like she got carried away with her research on Ponzi schemes and way too much was included about it, it totally lost me, but there is so much that was still left hanging that I had to finish. The ending was okay. Had it gone a different direction in the beginning, this could have been amazing.

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pennystandre
Mar 19, 2021

I'm not sure why this book gets such a high rating. I thought it was mediocre. At least it is a fast read.

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Kidbean
Mar 06, 2021

There doesn’t seem to be a plot. Or it’s a very slowly developing plot, which I missed. I couldn’t finish this book.

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echong0430
Feb 28, 2021

Did not enjoy this book.
The connection between characters and events felt forced, and I am not sure what kind of book I had read when I finished reading it.
May be this book is beyond my level of literally appreciation.
I can't even remember how I came upon this book - I think it was recommended in a list of books by Canadian author or something like that. Wish I had skipped it.

AndreaG_KCMO Feb 24, 2021

This is my second St. John Mandel, and while I enjoyed Last Night in Montreal a bit more, this work showcases a mastery of storytelling and command of language. Her skill is imperceptible; in the act of reading, I am fully engaged. Between chapters and during breaks I recall how easy and beautiful and lingering those sentences are. The theme of willful ignorance resonates, and the use of haunting and ghosts as a device throughout the second half surprised me in the best way.

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roberto46
Feb 03, 2021

A dreary book full of unlikable characters. Pass.

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