Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. This meme is quite easy to follow – just randomly pick a book from your to-be-read list and give the reasons why you want to read it. It is that simple.
This week’s book:
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
Blurb from Goodreads
From the New York Times bestselling author of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, an intoxicating, hypnotic new novel set in a dreamlike alternative reality.
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.
For readers of Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane and fans of Madeline Miller’s Circe, Piranesi introduces an astonishing new world, an infinite labyrinth, full of startling images and surreal beauty, haunted by the tides and the clouds.
Why I Want To Read It
It has been some time since English writer Susanna Clarke published a full novel. She made a very successful debut with her magical novel Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell in 2004. In the interim, she published mostly short stories and short story collections. This long hiatus made many a reader long for more of her full length prose. Almost 16 years after her first novel, Clarke returned to the global literary scene with her second and newest novel, Piranesi.
Honestly, I wasn’t really planning on buying or reading Piranesi. After reading some positive reviews, I was slowly persuaded into giving the novel a chance, thus, its addition into my to-be-read list. What actually made me change my mind is learning that the book is shorter than Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, which, at 1006 pages, is one of my all-time longest reads. I did enjoy it and Clarke’s writing despite its length.
This weekend, I made a trip to the bookstore to avail my own copy of the book. Luckily, the bookstore was on sale. HAHA. Now that I have a copy of the book, I am planning to read it this month and extend my record for the year in terms of “new” books read
How about you fellow reader, what book do you want to read? I hope you can share it in the comment box. For now, happy reading! Have a great week ahead!.