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Piranesi, by Susanna Clarke

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rain_bellin's review

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mysterious reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0


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aggie24's review

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mysterious reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0


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martinatan's review

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adventurous challenging dark hopeful inspiring mysterious reflective sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

What a lovely gem of a story with such a tightly revealed world. The perspective of the narrator told in the journal format was genius, and it was rewarding to experience how the mystery unraveled and answered my questions in the most surprising ways. The classical inspiration combined with a modern plot and the change in type styles to convey the narrator’s evolving point of view made this incredibly satisfying and awe-inspiring. It reminded me of Swiss Army Man and His Dark Materials in how it juxtaposes a timeless wonder for the world with sobering reality of human nature.

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tiredtori's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional hopeful inspiring mysterious reflective relaxing medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0


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house_of_hannah's review

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adventurous dark mysterious reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

I'm having a hard time determining a rating for this book. I think in the end it's a high 3, low 4. My expectations were so vastly different than what the story actually ended up being. I have seen this recommended countless times to people who loved the book House of Leaves, but the only similarity is that it takes place in an unusual house.

From the description of the book I also thought that Piranesi was going to be a lot more alone. I really wasn't expecting much more in a cast of characters, so that kinda put me off a bit. The <i>type</i> of story this morphed into just wasn't what I was looking for at this time, so I felt myself losing interest the longer I read. 

I honestly don't have many thoughts on this one in the end. I found the beginning to be much more interesting than the later half. Piranesi is a fabulous character, and I could listen to him talk about the House forever. Unfortunately, my expectations really let me down here, and got in the way of my potential enjoyment of the book. 

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trilllllllian's review against another edition

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mysterious reflective sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

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tamara_joy's review

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adventurous mysterious slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

Such a sense of place, you can just feel the marble and the waves.  I never knew what to expect or where it was going. Totally unique book.

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juliloops's review

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emotional mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.75


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bicyclefrog's review

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dark inspiring mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0

Initially I gave this book 4.5/5 but here I am 2 months later bumping my rating up to 5. This book is so emotionally accurate that Clarke anticipated my own emotional journey during a life change before I even saw it coming. Gorgeous world building, realistic characters, and some of the best writing I’ve come across. Can’t get it out of my brain.

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amyrandles1's review

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mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

The setting is magical, it is so easy to picture and appreciate. 
The atmosphere in the first third (?) of the book is wonderful, and I’d quite like another book explaining the location and each statue, but that’s a big ask. 


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