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Glass Hotel
Glass Hotel | Emily St John Mandel
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From the award-winning author of Station Eleven, a captivating 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. Vincent is a bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star glass-and-cedar palace on an island in British Columbia. Jonathan Alkaitis works in finance and owns the hotel. When he passes Vincent his card with a tip, it's the beginning of their life together. That same day, Vincent's half brother, Paul, scrawls a note on a windowed wall of the hotel: "Why don't you swallow broken glass." Leon Prevant, a shipping executive for a company named Neptune-Avramidis, sees the note from the hotel bar and is shaken to his core. Thirteen years later Vincent mysteriously disappears from the deck of a Neptune-Avramidis ship. Weaving together the lives of these characters, The Glass Hotel moves between the ship, the skyscrapers of Manhattan, and the wilderness of northern Vancouver Island, painting a breathtaking picture of greed and guilt, fantasy and delusion, art and the ghosts of our pasts.
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BooksNBowls
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Bailedbailed

It‘s been a long time since I‘ve bailed on a book. I really tried. I even put it down, read another book, and tried again. I can‘t even tell you what this book is about because I honestly don‘t know. Horrible characters, horrible plot! I had high hopes because I loved Station Eleven, but this one definitely missed the mark for me. 1 star… I‘m so serious.

jlhammar This one didn't work for me either. I also loved Station Eleven and am really hoping to enjoy her upcoming release, Sea of Tranquility. 2mo
TamTracy I didn‘t like this one. I finished it. It don‘t remember a single thing. 2mo
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Kappadeemom
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Getting cold in Florida this weekend, so I am getting all my books lined up!

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Becker
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I really enjoyed this novel. I loved the tone and the sense of place, and I always enjoy a story that you have to piece together. I thought it was well constructed. You know you‘re in the hands of a seasoned author. 🤩

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Karisa
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This fantastic book is on its way to you, Cynthia! @Alfrazier21 @Littlewolf1 @Readergrrl

#Lmpbc #round13 #GroupV @suvata

Littlewolf1 Did you get The Child yet? Just checking because I sent it out two weeks ago with my other LMPC book but they have yet to receive it 4mo
Karisa @Littlewolf1 Yep! I just started reading it yesterday. It‘s good! Lots of mystery/tragedy and some of the characters are funny. Thank you! 4mo
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Karisa
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I really enjoyed this thinker of a book! So many puzzle pieces to put together and characters to love (and hate). The theme of in-between, liminal spaces repeats and makes it hard to tell sometimes what is real. Great pick for #lmpbc, @Littlewolf1 and should be on its way to @Readergrrl right after New Years.

tokorowilliamwallace In 2020 I attended two discussions for this book from two of the groups of the city book club, and they were fun! I loved the characterizations of the atmosphere and characters by the participants, though most of them weren't much a fan of it. 1mo
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Karisa
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I need to add to some of these to my repertoire! Anyone have any polished signature lines to keep a convo going?

The example from the book is “I‘m glad you‘re here.” and one of my favorites is “What‘s new? What‘s exciting?” I usually get some fun responses. 😊

#lmpbc

TheBookHippie What was the best part of your day so far? Or what was the best part of your day. We had a little fun at school where you ask everyone how or if they eat rice a lot at their house. 5mo
Karisa @TheBookHippie Love it! 5mo
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CaitlinR
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A novel about the choices we all make as we move through life: some banal, some tragic, some cataclysmic. The characters throughout the story are linked through their actions, or through the actions of others. Beautifully written, but full of aimless souls who lack a moral core.

If you expected Station Eleven redux, you‘ll be disappointed, but Mandel is wrestling with those same themes here — even though the characters are more challenging.

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bekakins
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Really enjoyed this! Very different, centred around a weird& wonderful host of characters on the periphery of a Ponzi scheme.

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Lesliereadsalot
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One woman‘s journey, intertwined with white collar crime, life in a hotel, and characters who are connected but not immediately. It had mixed reviews, but I found it fascinating.

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ke1lbe1l
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Second vaccine shot this morning. What better way to anxiously await the onset of mild symptoms than with a book in hand and this breezy spring weather?

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Rachiiebookdragon
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A weird book 🤔 Read for some prompts for #PopSugarReadingChallenge2021 3/5

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Ruthiella
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Just finished my first book of 2021. It‘s kind of a ghost story in a way. But I would say the overall theme is about lies we tell ourselves. “It‘s possible to know and not know something “. There are also some parallels universe Station Eleven nods for fans of that title. The story is told in a roundabout way, which was pleasantly discombobulating.

BarbaraBB I liked this one a lot! 1y
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB Me too. Even though the story twisted and turned, it held my interest. 1y
BestDogDad 👍🏼I also really enjoyed this. Haunting. I couldn‘t stop thinking about it after I finished. 1y
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Ruthiella @BestDogDad I really liked the links between the characters in this and how it ends where it starts. 1y
MsMelissa I really enjoyed this one, too. I enjoy Mantel‘s writing style. 1y
Ruthiella @Book_Fiend_Melissa Agreed! I also liked the writing here. 1y
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jenberg06
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Great read.

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BookishTrish
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A very deftly written book about a group of disparate characters connected in interesting ways. Pairs well with holidays and / or #insomnia

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DarkMina
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Mehso-so

#110 of 2020. Just okay for me. ⭐️⭐️✨

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Kathleenkelly
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I know this book has mixed reviews, but I really liked it. I would not recommend the audio version - the switch between characters was sometimes confusing. #DoubleSpin #BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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nannermc12
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Just started! Already diving into these characters.

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Kempfme
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Mehso-so

I received this book from my sister for my birthday. I would have maybe liked this more if I was not looking for a Station's Eleven part 2.

A Ponzi scheme collapses and in another story a woman disappears at sea. This books puts these two stories together in an interesting way.

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Cathyloves2read
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I highly recommend this book! What a story! It had a little bit of everything. It‘s scheming, mysterious, slightly romantic, and even a little scary at times. I‘m lucky enough not to have known much about Ponzi schemes before I read this story. This book helped me to better understand the warning signs and what to avoid. I really liked this authors writing style, and I plan to read more of her books.

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Jovy
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Mehso-so

What a bummer! Mandel writes so beautifully but this one just went nowhere, in my opinion.

#Booked2020 #newin2020
#PopSugar2020 A book set in a country beginning with “C”
#ReadWithMrBook #PickedForCover

MrBook Your opinion isn‘t uncommon. When you have a smash hit, particularly it being your debut, subsequent books have high expectations. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage So sad you didn‘t like it. But hey, it checked off prompts. 📚👊🏻💙 2y
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Lindy
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Final online literary event today: Emily St. John Mandel (with Senator Paula Simons) at St Albert‘s Starfest. 😁

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Storied
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Begin at the end: plummeting down the side of the ship in the storm's wild darkness, breath gone with the shock of falling, my camera flying away through the rain--

#TheGlassHotel #EmilyStJohnMandel

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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ChemistKat
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Emily St John Mandel has a fantastic knack for creating characters that feel real. Between these and Station Eleven, I prefer the more story-based nature of SE, but the strength of both is in the characters. GH‘s story isn‘t all that fascinating. If not for the characters, it would be So-So.

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CassieT
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I forced myself to finish this book because I kept thinking something was going to happen. It never did. The characters are shallow and uninteresting. The plot is meandering and uneventful. There didn‘t seem to be a point to any of it. Maybe that was the point? Is the author trying to say life is pointless? Add to that the regular drug usage and I don‘t recommend this book at all. I just didn‘t like anything about it. Blah.

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ImperfectCJ
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed the feel of this novel---the pacing and the language and the locations---and I really enjoyed getting to know the characters, but the Ponzi scheme was not interesting to me, which wouldn't have been a problem if it hadn't been the main thing linking everything together.

One done for August #bookspinbingo.

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LaraS
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“What kept her in the kingdom was the previously unimaginable condition of not having to think about money, because that's what money gives you: the freedom to stop thinking about money. If you've never been without, then you won't understand the profundity of this, how absolutely this changes your life.“

- Emily St. John Mandel, The Glass Hotel

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GardenJess
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I love Station Eleven so much. This one is taking me longer to get into.... any insight on that? Will I still love it? At least I got a chapter in during lunch. Lunch delivery was rather disappointing alas. At least it‘s Friday!

LaraS Yeah, I'm with you. I also LOVED Station Eleven, and it did take me longer to get into this one. I'd stick with it, it comes together in the end. I didn't love this one as much, but it's definitely still worth finishing. I just love Emily St John Mandel's writing style. 2y
GardenJess Ok @LaraS I‘ll keep plugging - I think writing style is actually the only thing keeping me going. 2y
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ImperfectCJ
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"Begin at the end: plummeting down the side of the ship in the storm's wild darkness, breath gone with the shock of falling, my camera flying away through the rain---"

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

ShyBookOwl I have this on hold from my library 😊 2y
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callielafleur
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I love her writing, and I loved this book. I think this format of interconnected short stories really hurts home for me- another one of my favorites is told this way (Visit From the Goon Squad)- I just love how you get this wide view of everything that's happening, and I love following all of the different characters. Her sentences are so gorgeous, this is going to stick with me for a long time. 5⭐

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Bookwormjillk
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Bailedbailed

I just couldn‘t stick with this one. Maybe I‘ll try again on paper, but for now there are dozens of people behind me in line. I‘m going to return it and let one of them have a chance.

sudi I think it will be better in print, the format is a little confusing for an audiobook. 2y
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ImperfectCJ
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My hold is in, my hold is in, my hold is in!!

Now to do my contactless pickup before our spiking cases force the libraries to close down again.

Side note: Because they haven't been accepting returns, we have three shelves and a plastic storage tub devoted only to library books. Keeping them separate from the books we own is becoming a challenge but one that I embrace. ❤️ the library!

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CallMeIshmael
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I love her style and flow, and while not as good as Station Eleven I really enjoyed this book. Mandel can set an atmosphere just about better than anyone. I love the different character chapters and then bringing all together. Definitely worth picking up

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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️ Too much going on ... yet not enough. That‘s to say, a lot of boring stuff happens to a lot of dull, abysmal people. The meandering “what ifs” and reimagined lives lack emotion. I didn‘t believe any of it, if you know what I mean? No connection. I felt similarly about Station Eleven. And the ghosts felt misplaced, like a total afterthought. I‘m just not a fan of this author.

MelissaSue81 Hmm. I think i was So-so ish on this book. I really liked Station Eleven, but this one, I really just wanted the story to focus on the siblings and all the parts about the other people were blah to me. If it had just stuck with Vincent and her brother whose name I currently can not recall 🤣, i think I would have liked it. The old rich guys did nothing for me. 2y
britt_brooke @MelissaSue81 I‘d have preferred more focus on the siblings, too. The other characters were not interesting at all. The way Mandel ended up using the brother (Paul 😉) seemed almost pointless in the whole scope. (edited) 2y
MsMelissa I really enjoyed this one myself, although I was in the right mood for it. I can totally see it being a so-so or pan for me if I‘d read it at a different time. 2y
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vivastory I might read this one...in like 5 years when I run out of other things to read 😆 2y
britt_brooke @Book_Fiend_Melissa Timing is a good point! 2y
britt_brooke @vivastory 😂😂 I almost tagged you. #hardpass 2y
callielafleur I'm really enjoying this one, I love the author's writing style. Very ethereal. That's the best part about books though- all of the different readers and their varying tastes! 2y
britt_brooke @callielafleur Absolutely! If we all loved the same things, life would be so boring. I‘m happy you‘re enjoying it! 2y
Sresendez12 I felt the same way! I kept reading because I just knew I would finally reach that aha moment where everything tied together and made sense. That moment never came for me, yet most everybody in my book club loved it 2y
britt_brooke @Sresendez12 Exactly. I kept waiting and ... nothing. You need a new book club. 😆 Just kidding!! I know we can‘t all love the same things. 2y
CallMeIshmael Boo! Just kidding, I did enjoy it but I see what you are saying. But you still need to give station eleven another shot (edited) 2y
britt_brooke @CallMeIshmael Not gonna happen! 🙈😂 2y
CallMeIshmael @britt_brooke you‘re killing me smalls 2y
britt_brooke @CallMeIshmael 😆💁🏼‍♀️ 2y
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CallMeIshmael
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Lazy days

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britt_brooke
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32% in and waiting for something to actually happen. Does this get better??

britt_brooke @CallMeIshmael All right, Matt, have you started this one yet? Ugh. It‘s so boring. 😂 2y
AvidReader25 It‘s about the same the whole way through. 😬 I loved some of the prose but kept waiting for something to happen. 2y
britt_brooke @AvidReader25 Thanks - that‘s what I was afraid of. I agree, some of the writing is lovely, though. 2y
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KatieDid927 I personally felt like the end got a little better but yeah the story drags overall and I didn‘t care about any of the characters. 2y
britt_brooke @KatieDid927 That‘s probably the biggest issue, I don‘t like any of these people. 2y
KVanRead Almost bailed multiple times but would get pulled back in by a new hook in the storytelling and the descriptive writing - in the end I was kind of annoyed I stuck it out to the IMO underwhelming end - and I never cared about any of the characters. 2y
TrishB I didn‘t enjoy it ☹️ 2y
britt_brooke @KVanRead I wish I cared about the characters, but I really don‘t. I‘ll stick it out, too. I‘m bad at bailing. 😬 2y
britt_brooke @TrishB It‘s so boring. 2y
KatieDid927 @britt_brooke I‘m bad at bailing too. I like to feel like, well, at least I finished it. 2y
britt_brooke @KatieDid927 Same. Sometimes, the book gets better, other times I hate-read until the end just so I can write a scathing review. 😂🤦🏼‍♀️ 2y
KVanRead @britt_brooke @KatieDid927 lol, that‘s me too. I call myself a ‘bitter end reader‘ and sometimes I really am bitter!😂 2y
britt_brooke @KVanRead 🤣🤣 I like that: bitter end reader. 2y
Megabooks I loved it 🤷🏻‍♀️ I found the ghosty parts fascinating. It had a good ending imo. 2y
britt_brooke @Megabooks I hope my opinion changes, but I‘m about halfway now and not feeling it. 2y
Megabooks 😬😬 2y
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Eyejaybee
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Eyejaybee
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I have waited for this book for a long time, but it has definitely been worth it. Absolutely marvellous so far, and I don‘t really want it to end. #emilystjohnmandel #theglasshotel #fiction book #books #bookstagram #bookphotography #bookcommunity #literaryfiction #contemporaryfiction #newyork #vancouver #britishcolumbia #canada #modernfiction #booklove #bookish #booknerd #bookporn #jamesreads

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Sresendez12
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This is my book club‘s pick for the month. I didn‘t want to put Virgin River down but we are meeting on the 17th to discuss, so I figured I would get started. I‘m only on page 11 but I have a good feeling I‘m going to love this one.

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Mitch
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The wait is over - I‘m going in! Thank you so much @DGRachel for speeding up getting my hands on this 🙏❤️🙏

squirrelbrain Enjoy! 2y
DGRachel I hope it lives up to your expectations! 2y
britt_brooke I like your sandals! Teva? Really nice color. Btw, I‘m reading this now. 1/4 in and not sure what to think yet. 2y
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LadyCait84
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Quite unlike anything else I‘ve read, it‘s almost as if the feeling of being haunted — by loss, by guilt, by regret — is the true focus of this book, rather than the people or places involved. Quietly intriguing, and persistantly somber, and beautiful in its own way.

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NikkiRobson73
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Is anybody else having trouble getting through this ? I loved station eleven so I‘m kind of disappointed that I‘m not feeling this one

Prairiegirl_reading I‘m scared to try! 2y
CotziasReads I enjoyed it 2y
ErikasMindfulShelf I really liked it. 2y
atla I liked the audiobook a lot, but it‘s definitely not Station Eleven. Not sure I would have been able to get through it on paper right now. 2y
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Coleen
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Still mulling this one over. I enjoyed the writing, but not sure I was sold on the story itself. Lots of characters that I felt only a very superficial connection with, and I never really felt like the story was going anywhere. The ending redeemed it a little for me, but ultimately I don‘t feel that it lived up to the hype.

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gracemom
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Soooo looking forward to this!

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Howseldomtheydo
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1. Tagged (enjoying so far)
2. The Foster Portfolio, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (Loved)
3. Imaginary Friend, Stephen Chbosky (too long)
#weekendreads

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mklong
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It says a lot about Emily St. John Mandel‘s writing, that I was riveted by a subject that I have no interest in.

Yes, it is about so much more than the financial crimes. It‘s about artistic expression, and regret, and escape, and delusion, and loyalty, but the backdrop is no mere plot device. It is there to examine how financial security and greed affect all of these things that we find so much more interesting to read about.

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AvidReader25
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Inspired by the Madoff Ponzi scheme, the plot flips back & forth in time & characters' lives & can be hard to follow. That being said, Mandel's writing has a lyrical quality. Once you settle into the book's strange rhythm there‘s much to appreciate: art, regrets, & hauntings in every sense of the word. I think I'll return to it in the future, not because I loved it, but because I think I‘d appreciate it more if I approach w/different expectations.

pareads She's a beautiful writer. I haven't read this one yet because I read Station Eleven and appreciated it....but I was bored 🙈. I feel like you have to be in the right mood for her books! 2y
AvidReader25 @booksandcoffee3141 I absolutely loved Station Eleven, so I‘ll admit my expectations were high. But I do try to start each book with an open mind, not judging it by the last book the author wrote. Sometimes it‘s hard though! 2y
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nikirtehsuxlol
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“It‘s largely a description of events, public and personal, surrounding the exposure of a Ponzi scheme with close resemblance to Bernie Madoff‘s.” via New York Times. Why did I think this was about a boat?!