Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

  • How much I’d Recommend: 9/10
  • Date finished: 2/26/21
  • Piranesi: recommend borrowing from your local library.

I found this book through Mark Manson’s 2020 favorite book list. Of course, I never paid for the subscribed version of Mark Manson’s website, though, I frequently contemplated on becoming a member (paying). So the unsubscribed version cuts off half of the article but Mark did share the full list for people who don’t subscribe. 

I requested this from the local library and absolutely LOVED every page of it. It was a fantasy, a novel, a mystery, and so much more. It is a well-deserved top-selling book. 

Piranesi’s house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands upon thousands of statues, each one different from all the others. Within the labyrinth of halls an ocean is imprisoned; waves thunder up staircases, rooms are flooded in an instant. But Piranesi is not afraid; he understands the tides as he understands the pattern of the labyrinth itself. he lives to explore the house.

There is one other person in the house, a man called The Other, who visits Piranesi twice a week and asks for help with research into A Great and Secret Knowledge. 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.

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