I couldn’t wait to read this book because I have loved Susanna Clarke’s previous novel, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, for over a decade. This book is nothing like her last novel, but once I got over the initial shock of “what the heck am I reading”, it was wonderful. The style takes a few chapters to really get used to, (I kept waiting for it to be more “normal” at first, and then began hoping it wouldn’t) but it is so worth it. Piranesi is a beautiful, weird, unique tale, and one you’ll be happy to journey with.
Piranesi’s home is infinite, filled with thousands of rooms and thousands of statues. The ocean comes in and out, and birds and fish are the only animals he sees. Piranesi catalogues everything in his labyrinth, and shares it with only one other person – The Other. 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.
“The Beauty of the House is immeasurable; its Kindness infinite.”
Piranesi will be published on September 15th. Put it on hold now!