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Piranesi av Susanna Clarke
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Piranesi (utgåvan 2020)

av Susanna Clarke (Författare)

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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.… (mer)
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Titel:Piranesi
Författare:Susanna Clarke (Författare)
Info:Bloomsbury Publishing (2020), 272 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:****
Taggar:Ingen/inga

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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 |
You find yourself living a charmed existence thanks to the wonderful World that provides for you, but what if you find all you believe to be real was a way to cope with being trapped in a magical pocket dimension? Piranesi by Susanna Clarke follows the journey of the titular character slowly learning over time that what he thought was reality was not what it seems.

Clarke immediately puts the reader into the fantastical element of this story with the titular character’s narration of journey in the House and its labyrinthine set of statue-dominated Halls in all directions. But Piranesi’s insistence of “the World” having had only fifteen people of which only two are living as the rest our skeletons gives the reader a sense of something not quite right especially when we meet “The Other”. The happy and seemingly content journal entries slowly change throughout the book especially our narrator goes back to his earliest journal entries as his world becomes increasingly crowded with new faces appearing in the many Halls. The book’s conclusion of man recovering from traumatically caused mental breakdown readjusting to our world while still being able to travel to his wonderous prison to keep himself grounded ends his story on a sad yet hopeful note for his future.

Piranesi is a magical, yet sad tale of a man just attempting to live only to realize everything he had believed was a way to cope with a traumatizing situation he finds himself in. Susanna Clarke is able to find a way to give us insight into the though process of a individual having suffered a mental breakdown and learning how it happened to him. ( )
  mattries37315 | Oct 16, 2021 |
The Short of It:

Wildly imaginative.

The Rest of It:

Our main character is called Piranesi, although he knows this is not his real name. He lives in a house with many halls and rooms. Each room is filled with beautiful statues in various stages of decomposition. Many, damaged by the birds or the harsh salt water environment. Because you see, this “house” has been taken over by the tides and the sea life within it. Fog rolls in. Rain is the only source of fresh water. Piranesi lives here with one Other, literally called “Other” and he tends to the many remains of those who came before him.

I am not much of a fantasy reader but from page two, I was completely sucked into this story. For one, the writing is lovely. Two, I could “see” this house in my mind. And although it’s a lonely kind of story, Piranesi is a happy person, content with keeping track of the tides and his research. But as you read, many questions come to mind. How did he get there? What has happened to civilization? Why doesn’t he leave?

I read an interview with the author and how she was suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome while writing this. How she felt so isolated from the real world, while tending to her debilitating illness. This definitely played a role in how the story plays out. The isolation is palpable but so is hope.

This story is so different and refreshing. There’s enough of a mystery to pull you in, but your heart will be with Piranesi as he tries to piece this all together. It’s a fascinating read. I really need to own a nice physical copy of this one. I can see myself picking it up again to read soon. A classic.

For more reviews, visit my blog: Book Chatter. ( )
  tibobi | Oct 11, 2021 |
Wonderful, original story unlike anything else. Our protagonist Piranesi lives almost entirely alone in an infinite series of marble halls and staircases full of statues. Over time he has learned his way around, and how to catch fish from the waters and harvest seaweed to eat, to clothe himself and to burn for fuel. He is a naturally generous forgiving person but it emerges that the only other living person that he occasionally meets up with is not quite the friend that he seems. ( )
  Matt_B | Oct 9, 2021 |
I don’t know. The first part of this book hooked me as magical and mysterious but I found the middle and end a bit disappointing and a little hard to follow. Not sure if audio was the best format for the book. This is my first book of the author and it does make me want to read more. ( )
  jcoleman3307 | Oct 7, 2021 |
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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.
tillagd av KayCliff | ändraThe Indexer, Paula Clarke Bain
 

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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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