Saturday, August 15, 2020

The Glass Hotel

The Glass HotelThe Glass Hotel 
by Emily St. John Mandel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Once again Mandel has crafted a complex and compelling novel that tells several interconnected stories. This one revolves around a hotel on a remote Canadian island. I don't really want to say anything else about it because I think part of the wonder of Mandel's novels is the way you discover the connections as it all unfolds.
"She'd never believed in love at first sight but she did believe in recognition at first sight, she believed in understanding upon meeting someone for the first time that they were going to be important in her life, a sensation like recognizing a familiar face in an old photograph: in a sea of faces that mean nothing, one comes into focus. You." (p. 123)
This is a perfect description of NYC: "He felt such love for this city tonight, for its grandeur and indifference." (p. 187)
I am counting this toward the Canadian Book Challenge.

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