The Glass Hotel

The Glass Hotel

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"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."-- Amazon.
Publisher: Toronto :, HarperCollinsPublishersLtd.,, [2020]
Edition: First Canadian edition.
Copyright Date: ♭2020
ISBN: 9781443455732
Characteristics: 301 pages ;,23 cm

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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.

JessicaGma Aug 18, 2020

I mean it was okay, but it was not up to the level of Station Eleven, even with the interwoven stories and characters. I think the one dude who made out the best was the caretaker - not much happened otherwise. Not one of my picks for 2020, that is for certain.

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Commacontrol
Aug 03, 2020

Great book. I love how the author weaves not only the story threads into the tale but also how the characters are woven into it. They pop up here and there throughout. Maybe not quite as good as Station Eleven, but still good.

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alibraryguy
Jul 28, 2020

After her wonderful 2014 novel, Station Eleven, The Glass Hotel is a lacklustre disappointment. Mandel employs the same narrative style with a multitude of characters and a frequent moving back and forth in time and place. Unfortunately, some of the characters are quite dull and not fully fleshed out. Vincent - a female, by the way - the linchpin of the novel is particularly flat, with her motivations remaining obscure throughout. The story is built around a Ponzi scheme, a la Bernie Madoff. And while that part of the novel has some meat to it, it is overall an unrewarding story.

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