Read Piranesi

Read Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Piranesi’s house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands upon thousands of statues, each one different from all the others. Within the labyrinth of halls an ocean is imprisoned; waves thunder up staircases, rooms are flooded in an instant. But Piranesi is not afraid; he understands the tides as he understands the pattern of the labyrinth itself. He lives to explore the house.

There is one other person in the houseā€”a man called The Other, who visits Piranesi twice a week and asks for help with research into A Great and Secret Knowledge. But as Piranesi explores, evidence emerges of another person, and a terrible truth begins to unravel, revealing a world beyond the one Piranesi has always known.

Knew nothing about this going in. Strong mood, soothing feel to the way Piranesi relates to the house and lives, then lots of tension as you figure out what’s happening and then watch the character figure out what’s happening. Epistolary style worked well for this. A few slow pages at the start when I wasn’t sure what it was but got drawn in pretty quickly. A smooth read. I wasn’t sure how it would end but thought it was done quite well.

By Tracy Durnell

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