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    Bloomsbury presents Piranesi by Susanna Clarke, read by Chiwetel Ejiofor.

    Winner of The 2021 Audie Awards Audiobook of the Year.

    Longlisted for The Women's Prize 2021.

    Shortlisted for The Costa Novel of the Year Award.

    A Sunday Times best seller.

    A New York Times best seller.

    Chosen as a book of the year by the the Times, Guardian, Observer, Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, I Paper, New Statesman, Spectator, Time Magazine, Times Literary Supplement, BBC Culture, Netgalley and the Church Times

    The spectacular new novel from the bestselling author of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, ‘one of our greatest living authors.’ (New York Magazine)

    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 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.

    ©2020 Susanna Clarke (P)2020 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    Commentaires

    "Reminds us of fiction’s power to take us to another world and expand our understanding of this one." (Guardian, Autumn highlights)

    "It’s always great to have some fiction to heartily recommend, and while there’s been stiff competition this year, Piranesi by Susanna Clarke has won out in the end. A masterful work of weird fiction, it’s a novel that grips, perplexes and moves you, usually all at once!" (Observer, The Best Books of 2020)

    "The fiction, nonfiction and poetry that deepened our understanding, ignited our curiosity and helped us escape.... For fantasy readers often eager to get lost in mystical worlds and escape the complications of real life, Piranesi’s predicament deeply resonates." (Time, Books of the Year)

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    • Mark
    • 17/09/2020

    Strange & Pointless

    I read all the raving reviews so I went back & listened to it a 2nd time. I wanted more of “Johnathan Strange & Mr. Norrell” , but this is nothing like that. The world created in this book is not magical, but just boring. The narration was great. I wanted to like it after reading the reviews, but it just isn’t for me.

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    • Henry V
    • 26/02/2021

    Fascinating Social Study

    The book is a wonderful mashup of Plato, CS Lewis, and Borges. I completely agree with the rave reviews. Clarke has written a masterpiece.

    And the reaction to it is a fascinating social study. Half the audible readers think the book is genius. The other half think it’s boring, predictable, nonsensical. One reviewer characterizes the book as a string of random scenes.

    It makes me wonder, Are we all reading the same book?

    No of course we aren’t. We each bring to it our own experiences. As with all books. But something special must be happening here for the reviews to be so polarized. I’d like to take a stab at an explanation.

    Piranesi enthralled me because it brought up so many of my feelings around losing my worldview in my twenties. I can imagine that people who have not had to go through this experience will not be as amazed by how Clarke has conveyed it. She paints it precisely. She made me relive it.

    Also, if you are not familiar with Plato and Lewis and Borges, you might not realize the ideas Clarke is playing with. You might be thinking about the Plot when she is thinking about the Meaning. It’s not a small thing for this author to add something fresh and exciting to a 3,000 year old conversation.

    Finally, I loved the book because I loved the main character. His optimism, skepticism, precision, and earnestness totally won me over. I would have followed him on any adventure. But maybe you like your main characters to be powerful, in control, hardboiled. Maybe you did not feel what I felt, a love for his childlike goodness and sense of wonder. He made me feel acutely just how much I have lost by becoming modern, adult, and sophisticated. And that is the magic of the book.

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    • Elisa D
    • 16/09/2020

    Never heard a story like this one, but hoped to

    I’ve been waiting for this story for so long, even though I had no idea what Susanna Clarke would craft next. But here she is, offering yet another world that is complex and eerie but beautiful and worthy of spending time in. Piranesi and his labyrinth will break your heart then put it back together again. ‘The beauty of the House is immeasurable; it’s kindness infinite.’

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    • Anonymous User
    • 12/11/2020

    Stilted and unfortunate

    While well written, the story wasn't gripping. If you are looking for a sequel to Jonathan Livingston Seagull, then you're in luck

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    • Geonn W. Cannon
    • 16/09/2020

    Magnificent

    A magical book, almost a fairy tale, with amazing writing enhanced by perfect narration. Relatively short but massive in its weight. I really loved this story.

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    • Brody w.
    • 16/09/2020

    Hauntingly Beautiful

    I love this book. it was deep and beautiful and sad. I finished it in one day and this story will stay with me forever.

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    • Anonymous User
    • 02/02/2021

    Not for everyone, but exceptional

    I cannot fault the negative reviews of this book or the disappointment some felt. They are right. Conversely, I agree with all of the glowing reviews and share that opinion. Why the dichotomy? The answer lies in the book. Some will see it as a disjointed tale of nothing as that is all their brain can make of it. Others can see the door Clarke painted, because it is one they have been searching for. I hope you can see it and walk through it. If you cannot, it is not your fault, nor are you wrong. This simply is not the medium you need to reopen the door within yourself. Perhaps it is too late, but I hope you do not stop searching.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 17/09/2020

    Random Scenes Strung Together

    Do not both reading this book. The author has strung together random scenes and not bothered to create a story. It's a complete mess.

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    • Busy Nurse
    • 09/10/2020

    Extraordinary!

    Loved every word of this book. Just a wonderfully creative, well-written, fully dimensional story. Perfectly narrated. Kind of creates its own genre in a way.

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    • G. Eidinov
    • 06/10/2020

    Simply amazing. In the original sense of the word.

    This was a perfection in writing augmented only further (if that was possible) by the delivery.

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    • Kath84
    • 29/09/2020

    Piranesi

    I am one of the few people who did not get a kick out of "Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell" so I was hesitant with this one. But the title drew me in. And well, I am glad it did. The story is really great. Mysterious and weird. But if there is one aspect of this audiobook I really want to rave about it is the narrator. So many audiobooks seem to be read in the same kind of "acting-voice", which always sounds slightly the same and is a bit annoying until you get used to it. But this one was perfection. It is a complete merging of the actor's voice and the character of Piranesi. It definitely added a layer of pleasure to the story, since I so clearly had the impression that an actual person, Piranesi, was telling me their story. So if you're interested in a philosophical mystery or just a weird tale, do yourself a favor and don't read it – listen to it.

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    • Barbara
    • 23/03/2021

    The year the albatros came

    Intriguing story, interesting ideas, but would have been even better in a shorter version.

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    • Ubique
    • 14/03/2021

    Amazing Mystery

    This is the best book I read in the last few years. The less you know about it the better. It’s an amazing mystery and you wouldn’t want it spoiled. The first ten pages are kind of hard to get into because it starts very descriptive. But after that the first clues to the mystery drop and it becomes very intriguing. A masterfully written book.

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    • Amazon Kunde
    • 19/02/2021

    Recommendation

    A strange and beautiful story. Images and atmosphere worth revisiting in my mind. I enjoyed it immensely!

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    • Zita
    • 23/01/2021

    the beauty of nature

    Das Buch beschreibt die Geschichte von Piranesi und sein Leben im Haus am Wasser. Die Beschreibungen in den Buch lassen einen sehr gekonnt in seine Welt eintauchen und wecken den Drang mehr Wissen zu wollen , wie sich alles ergeben hat.

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    • Brookis
    • 29/12/2020

    Great book

    for me it is a great book, an absolute delight to listen to it. Sometimes it feels like a "who done it" story and then again it allows me to share Piranesi 's wonderful world.