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The Glass Hotel

di Emily St. John Mandel

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"[A] novel of money, beauty, white-collar crime, ghosts, and moral compromise in which a woman disappears from a container ship off the coast of Mauritania and a massive Ponzi scheme implodes in New York, dragging countless fortunes with it"--
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I really loved this book. This is my first Emily St. John Mandel book, though I own a copy of [b:Station Eleven|20170404|Station Eleven|Emily St. John Mandel|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1451446835l/20170404._SY75_.jpg|28098716] and I've been meaning to pick it up for forever. I cannot make comparisons between the two, but this book certainly made me even more eager to read that one.

This is a book about many characters all interwoven within each others lives who are dealing with their own choices and the choices of the people around them and the people they trust. Though this is a very realistic story, it almost felt whimsical in many ways to me. That whimsy makes this book very hard to describe for me, beyond saying I was so interested in all the tales of all the characters, even when they were making bad choices and harming others.

Unlike some other reviewers, I was very interested in the underlying economic plot of the Ponzi scheme and the 2008 financial crisis as the background of the scheme. I was 9 in 2008 and have been unnaturally interested in the crisis since then. I have very little interest in economics beyond that but in recent years I have read [b:The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine|26889576|The Big Short Inside the Doomsday Machine|Michael Lewis|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1446581171l/26889576._SY75_.jpg|6654434], [b:Conspiracy of Fools|29519|Conspiracy of Fools|Kurt Eichenwald|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1388187674l/29519._SY75_.jpg|1160426], and [b:Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt|24724602|Flash Boys A Wall Street Revolt|Michael Lewis|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1426093936l/24724602._SY75_.jpg|38053447], among some others that I forget right now. I'll blame my dad who works at a bank for that interest, but it really added to my enjoyment. I think it is absolutely possible to enjoy this book without my interest in this period. This book is not focused on the financial element but rather the people who are affected by it. But for me, it added a background that I really appreciated.

There is a plot to this book I would say, but it falls into the background of this book. This book is very much character focused so if you don;t enjoy those type of books, you should know that going in. However, if you like books that take a look into the intricate lives of people as they navigate the decisions they make and have made, I think you'll really enjoy this one. ( )
  AKBouterse | Oct 14, 2021 |
glass hotal
  khitabammad | Oct 13, 2021 |
Interesting characters and story. I was expecting some kind of reveal towards the end and was disappointed. Still, an enjoyable book. ( )
  jcoleman3307 | Oct 7, 2021 |
This is the story of Vincent, whose mother disappears from their home island in British Columbia when she is 13. It is also a story of Johnathon, the manager of ponzi scheme money operation which takes place at the beginning of the 2008 financial collapse.

The narrative loops back and forth in time, in fact it begins at the end. A main theme of the book is whether one can "know something and not know something at the same time". The ways in which we delude ourselves to avoid discomfort...or continue comfort. Or just plain denial of reality.

Mandel's writing style reminds me a lot of Joyce Carol Oates, though she constructs stories in a very different manner. ( )
  tangledthread | Oct 2, 2021 |
A crowd-pleasing page turner, like Station Eleven before it, but taking a very different approach. The best fiction really knocks you over at the end, which this didn’t - but it certainly pulled me along all the way through ( )
  alexrichman | Sep 27, 2021 |
It’s a beguiling conceit: the global financial crisis as a ghost story. As one of Alkaitis’s employees reflects of a swindled investor: “It wasn’t that she was about to lose everything, it was that she had already lost everything and just didn’t know it yet.” But Mandel’s abiding literary fascination is even more elemental: isn’t every moment – coiled with possibilities – its own ghost story? Isn’t every life a counterlife?... All contemporary novels are now pre-pandemic novels – Covid-19 has scored a line across our culture – but what Mandel captures is the last blissful gasp of complacency, a knowing portrait of the end of unknowing. It’s the world we inhabited mere weeks ago, and it still feels so tantalisingly close; our ache for it still too raw to be described as nostalgia. “Do you find yourself sort of secretly hoping that civilisation collapses ... Just so that something will happen?” a friend asks Vincent. Oh, for the freedom of that kind of reckless yearning.
 
The Glass Hotel isn't dystopian fiction; rather it's "straight" literary fiction, gorgeous and haunting, about the porous boundaries between past and present, the rich and the poor, and the realms of the living and the dead.... This all-encompassing awareness of the mutability of life grows more pronounced as The Glass Hotel reaches its eerie sea change of an ending. In dramatizing so ingeniously how precarious and changeable everything is, Mandel's novel is topical in a way she couldn't have foreseen when she was writing it.
aggiunto da Lemeritus | modificaNPR, Maureen Corrigan (Mar 30, 2020)
 
The question of what people keep when they lose everything clearly intrigues Mandel.... By some miracle, although it’s hard to determine what it’s about, The Glass Hotel is never dull. The pleasure, which in the case of The Glass Hotel is abundant, lies in the patterns themselves, not in anything they mean. This novel invites you to inhabit it without striving or urging; it’s a place to be, always fiction’s most welcome effect.
aggiunto da Lemeritus | modificaSlate, Laura Miller (Mar 24, 2020)
 
Mandel is a consummate, almost profligate world builder. One superbly developed setting gives way to the next, as her attention winds from character to character, resting long enough to explore the peculiar mechanics of each life before slipping over to the next.... The disappointment of leaving one story is immediately quelled by our fascination in the next.....what binds the novel is its focus on the human capacity for self-delusion, particularly with regards to our own innocence. Rare, fortunately, is the moral idiot who can boast, “I don’t take responsibility at all.” The complex, troubled people who inhabit Mandel’s novel are vexed and haunted by their failings, driven to create ever more pleasant reflections of themselves in the glass.
aggiunto da Lemeritus | modificaThe Washington Post, Ron Charles (sito a pagamento) (Mar 23, 2020)
 
This latest novel from the author of the hugely successful Station Eleven forgoes a postapocalyptic vision for something far scarier—the bottomless insecurity of contemporary life.... Highly recommended; with superb writing and an intricately connected plot that ticks along like clockwork, Mandel offers an unnerving critique of the twinned modern plagues of income inequality and cynical opportunism. [
aggiunto da Lemeritus | modificaLibrary Journal, Reba Leiding (sito a pagamento) (Feb 1, 2020)
 

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Mandel, Emily St. Johnautore primariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Robben, BernhardTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Weintraub, AbbyProgetto della copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato

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Painting was something that had grabbed hold of her for a while, decades, but now it had let go and she had no further interest in it, or it had no further interest in her. All things end, she’d told herself, there was always going to be a last painting, but if she wasn’t a painter, what was she? It was a troubling question.
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It turned out that never having that conversation with Vincent meant that he was somehow condemned to always have that conversation with Vincent.
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