“I’m no expert, but I remember reading somewhere, every time you retrieve a memory, that act of retrieval, it corrupts the memory a little bit. Maybe changes it a little.” – The Glass Hotel, Emily St. John Mandel
4 disco balls
Published: March 24, 2020 by Knopf
Category: Literary Fiction
It was low-key haunting: there is a slow eeriness to it. The writing is simply beautiful.
I listened to the audiobook and narrator Dylan Moore is one of my new favorites. It’s like she was made to read me this story: her voice fit the vibe of the book.
There are a vast array of characters – main & supporting – that intersect in some way and sometimes you see where it’s going and sometimes you don’t. It all centers around a Ponzi scheme, the ocean, and an opulent hotel. That is all you are going to get from me – besides my reading experience – go into it blindly and see where it takes you.
I found myself conflicted: why was I feeling empathy for characters who in essence either destroyed other’s lives or at least operated with no regard for them? Author Emily St. John Mandel, who also wrote Station Eleven, made me feel all sorts of emotions. When you think emotions, you assume a roller coaster of highs and lows but not with this one. You will have emotions, but they are chill and just sit with you throughout. I can’t fully explain, but if you read this let me know so we can discuss!
QOTD: Have you had a similar reading experience: with which book? Do tell!
thank you to Libro.fm and Knopf for gifting me a copy of the audiobook and advanced reader copy for me to enjoy
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