The Glass Hotel

The Glass Hotel

A Novel

eBook - 2020
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE
A Time Magazine Must Read Book of 2020
A Globe and Mail Top 100 Book of the Year

#1 national bestseller

New York Times bestseller

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 the northernmost tip of Vancouver Island. New York financier Jonathan Alkaitis owns the hotel. When he passes Vincent his card with a tip, it's the beginning of their life together. That same day, a hooded figure scrawls a note on the windowed wall of the hotel: "Why don't you swallow broken glass." Leon Prevant, a shipping executive for a company called 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 remote British Columbia, painting a breathtaking picture of greed and guilt, fantasy and delusion, art and the ghosts of our pasts.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

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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 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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llewol
Dec 31, 2020

Only familiar with the author through reading Station Eleven, I was disappointed when I heard about the basic plot of this novel. I had been hoping for more of the speculative fiction Station Eleven kind of story. However, it quickly won me over. A novel with several threads can sometimes lose me, but I found all the threads to be compelling. The style is very similar to Station Eleven, meaning many jumps from character to character and across time lines. So, yes, sometime I found myself going back to previous chapters to try and sort things out. In the end, it all came together in a very satisfying way. If you loved Station Eleven, keep on the lookout for some overlapping characters (and don't worry too much about how they could exist in both fictional universes).

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AnnSkye
Dec 28, 2020

I quite enjoyed this novel.

flightofabluebird Dec 12, 2020

Haunting and lyrically written. I don't usually enjoy books that spend a lot of time describing the landscape, but it is done really well in this novel (plus a lot of it describes beautiful BC!). The characters are all unique and well-rounded. I am looking forward to reading Station Eleven.

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Trixie_reads
Nov 16, 2020

A story about a lot of unprincipled and/or not very nice people who have bad things happen to them, this kept me interested enough to finish it, but I didn't love it.

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KatG1983
Sep 10, 2020

Everyone is right, The Glass Hotel does not reach Station Eleven levels of adoration. That being said, Mandel is a wonderful writer, who draws me in and makes me empathize for each character in their own way. I did care about some characters more than others, and was sometimes frustrated when the story switched tracks to a different thread, but her ability to weave the threads together is still magical. So, yes, if you're going into this book expecting a repeat of Station Eleven - reel your expectations in a little. The book is absolutely still worth your time.

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