The Glass Hotel

The Glass Hotel

Book - 2020 | First edition.
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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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2020.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780525521143
0525521143
Characteristics: 301 pages ; 22 cm

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AndreaG_KCMO Feb 24, 2021

This is my second St. John Mandel, and while I enjoyed Last Night in Montreal a bit more, this work showcases a mastery of storytelling and command of language. Her skill is imperceptible; in the act of reading, I am fully engaged. Between chapters and during breaks I recall how easy and beautifu... Read More »

I cannot stop talking about Mandel. She creates characters and stories that tear at our hearts to make them grow stronger. Her characters are troubled and alone but they are powerful. Every book I read from Mandel makes me want to try harder to make something beautiful.--Ryan R.

"Character driven stories about troubled but beautiful people who find themselves in weird, ethereal situations. Great book for readers interested in art and cremation and personal expression."--Ryan for Holiday Gift Shelf Help at Kansas City Public Library

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RyanR_KCMO Apr 27, 2020

I love Mandel’s sentences so much. I love how her protagonists are these captivating women on a journey. I think that I always want to be reading these sentences. Though this does not contain the huge weight that followed everything in Station Eleven, The Glass Hotel makes the weight more persona... Read More »

A gorgeously written, immersive book about how easy it is to cross lines into questionable moral territory. At its center is Vincent, who loses her mother when she's 13 and as an adult makes her way into the heart of the Country of Money in New York City. Narrated by a number of well-drawn charac... Read More »


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JollyBaba
May 04, 2021

The style that made Station Eleven so mysterious and intriguing just serves to distance the reader from the characters in this book, very few of whom are interesting enough to capture any attention in the first place. The shifting focus gives glimpses into lives (ala "glass hotel") but makes everything seem dispensable. It was fine but I won't be revisiting it any time soon.

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taytaysnevets
Mar 28, 2021

The beginning of this novel, I was just hooked, like the first four chapters, were so atmospheric and spooky and I just thought her writing was brilliant, but then pretty quickly it changes to this whole thing about a Ponzi scheme and it just feels like she got carried away with her research on Ponzi schemes and way too much was included about it, it totally lost me, but there is so much that was still left hanging that I had to finish. The ending was okay. Had it gone a different direction in the beginning, this could have been amazing.

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pennystandre
Mar 19, 2021

I'm not sure why this book gets such a high rating. I thought it was mediocre. At least it is a fast read.

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Kidbean
Mar 06, 2021

There doesn’t seem to be a plot. Or it’s a very slowly developing plot, which I missed. I couldn’t finish this book.

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echong0430
Feb 28, 2021

Did not enjoy this book.
The connection between characters and events felt forced, and I am not sure what kind of book I had read when I finished reading it.
May be this book is beyond my level of literally appreciation.
I can't even remember how I came upon this book - I think it was recommended in a list of books by Canadian author or something like that. Wish I had skipped it.

AndreaG_KCMO Feb 24, 2021

This is my second St. John Mandel, and while I enjoyed Last Night in Montreal a bit more, this work showcases a mastery of storytelling and command of language. Her skill is imperceptible; in the act of reading, I am fully engaged. Between chapters and during breaks I recall how easy and beautiful and lingering those sentences are. The theme of willful ignorance resonates, and the use of haunting and ghosts as a device throughout the second half surprised me in the best way.

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roberto46
Feb 03, 2021

A dreary book full of unlikable characters. Pass.

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alvinsingh
Feb 02, 2021

I loved this book. At the beginning you're not sure where it'll go, but then the pace picks up and it forces you to keep reading to the end.

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esrobbins
Jan 22, 2021

I had a hard time getting into this book but enjoyed reading it. It didn’t fully absorb me but the story telling is interesting and that’s what kept me reading. I didn’t particularly love any of the characters but they are written as real humans, flawed but trying to find their way in the world as we all are. A good book but not amazing.

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SoHum
Jan 13, 2021

Excellent book. I preferred it to Station 11, very good descriptions.

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