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Piranesi

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

By Susanna Clarke

The Short Take:

This dream-like fantasy explores an alternative universe where a man lives in a world of grand halls filled with marble statues and a living ocean. Another person visits him twice weekly and calls him Piranesi, which he believes is not his name. He has questions but can get no answers from his visitor. Mystery abounds.

Why?

Clarke has created a world of incredible beauty, wonder, and complexity then populated it with a solitary man, Piranesi, who appreciates it to the point of worship. Another person, called the Other, consults him for help in finding a great power supposedly hidden within this labyrinth of halls. However, things are not as they seem.

The intricate descriptions make reading this novel an ethereal experience. The countless halls, unique statues, and the birds and fish that fill this universe enchant. Piranesi loves his world but cracks appear when evidence of a third person appears.

What starts as fantasy becomes a mystery which revolves around Piranesi, who is beset by eroded trust and unknown dangers. It’s a fascinating read.

A Little Plot:

Piranesi knows the halls and statues of his hall well. He even knows the patterns of the ocean’s tides. That is why the Other values his help. But while Piranesi willing provides assistance, he begins to wonder what the point his efforts might have. And who, exactly, he is.

While Clarke seems not to have a website this article in the New Yorker tells you all about her. You can reach it by clicking here.

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