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The glass hotel door Emily St. John Mandel
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The glass hotel (origineel 2020; editie 2020)

door Emily St. John Mandel

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"From the award-winning author of Station Eleven, a captivating novel of money, beauty, white-collar crime, ghosts, and moral compromise in which a woman disappears from a container ship off the coast of Mauritania and a massive Ponzi scheme implodes in New York, dragging countless fortunes with it"--… (meer)
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Titel:The glass hotel
Auteurs:Emily St. John Mandel
Info:Knopf, 2020-03-24.
Verzamelingen:Jouw bibliotheek, For Connections/Recommendations
Waardering:****
Trefwoorden:New York City, Ponzi scheme, rich people problems, marriage, poverty

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The Glass Hotel door Emily St. John Mandel (2020)

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    novelcommentary: Similar structure. Ms. Mantel mentions the book herself as one she admired
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1-5 van 89 worden getoond (volgende | toon alle)
[Station Eleven] didn't sustain my interest but this one, loosely based on the Bernie Madoff case, did. There's an ethereal chaos to the narrative structure of the book that evokes the character's lives and plights. Ultimately, it's a sad book, as the characters never seem to pull themselves out of the morass of their own choices. But the possibility keeps you reading. Elegiac and consuming. ( )
  blackdogbooks | Feb 16, 2021 |
Well written, hence 3***, but it comes off too much like a novelization/adaptation of the Bernard Madoff case – nothing particularly original and hence no more than 3***. Portraying the victims of the Ponzi scheme was somewhat original, and especially the portrayal of the chief fraudster's girlfriend, but it just wasn't that original. This was in no way comparable to Station Eleven. ( )
  CurrerBell | Feb 11, 2021 |
This is a fascinating glimpse into the world of money and white collar crime to be specific. This is not a linear book, it jumps all over the place in time and space to tell the story of a Ponzie scheme, its perpetrators and some of its victims. It uses many different POV characters but the one I found most interesting, and is almost the protagonist is Vincent, the "trophy wife" to the billionaire fraudster.

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  CharlotteBurt | Feb 1, 2021 |
A novel based on a Ponzi scheme and its impact on people around the criminal, which illuminates some of the ethical dilemmas around hyper-capitalism and the impact of wealth on people who become its servants. The writing is compelling.
  bfister | Jan 23, 2021 |
"The century was ending and he had some complaints."

This is page one. What a mood. Who, reading in 2020/2021, can't sub in "decade" and relate?

I love Mandel's writing style. This was no exception. The tale of the fallout of a highroller's Ponzi scheme might not have been any good in other hands. Of course Alkaitis himself is supremely boring and even his sections in prison made me want to skim; it's the other characters who kept me engaged. Like Mandel's other novels, this one swirls from one narrator to another, which is not always the easiest to read. I loved it, though. ( )
  sparemethecensor | Jan 22, 2021 |
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It’s a beguiling conceit: the global financial crisis as a ghost story. As one of Alkaitis’s employees reflects of a swindled investor: “It wasn’t that she was about to lose everything, it was that she had already lost everything and just didn’t know it yet.” But Mandel’s abiding literary fascination is even more elemental: isn’t every moment – coiled with possibilities – its own ghost story? Isn’t every life a counterlife?... All contemporary novels are now pre-pandemic novels – Covid-19 has scored a line across our culture – but what Mandel captures is the last blissful gasp of complacency, a knowing portrait of the end of unknowing. It’s the world we inhabited mere weeks ago, and it still feels so tantalisingly close; our ache for it still too raw to be described as nostalgia. “Do you find yourself sort of secretly hoping that civilisation collapses ... Just so that something will happen?” a friend asks Vincent. Oh, for the freedom of that kind of reckless yearning.
toegevoegd door Lemeritus | bewerkThe Guardian, Beejay Silcox (May 2, 2020)
 
The Glass Hotel isn't dystopian fiction; rather it's "straight" literary fiction, gorgeous and haunting, about the porous boundaries between past and present, the rich and the poor, and the realms of the living and the dead.... This all-encompassing awareness of the mutability of life grows more pronounced as The Glass Hotel reaches its eerie sea change of an ending. In dramatizing so ingeniously how precarious and changeable everything is, Mandel's novel is topical in a way she couldn't have foreseen when she was writing it.
toegevoegd door Lemeritus | bewerkNPR, Maureen Corrigan (Mar 30, 2020)
 
The question of what people keep when they lose everything clearly intrigues Mandel.... By some miracle, although it’s hard to determine what it’s about, The Glass Hotel is never dull. The pleasure, which in the case of The Glass Hotel is abundant, lies in the patterns themselves, not in anything they mean. This novel invites you to inhabit it without striving or urging; it’s a place to be, always fiction’s most welcome effect.
toegevoegd door Lemeritus | bewerkSlate, Laura Miller (Mar 24, 2020)
 
Mandel is a consummate, almost profligate world builder. One superbly developed setting gives way to the next, as her attention winds from character to character, resting long enough to explore the peculiar mechanics of each life before slipping over to the next.... The disappointment of leaving one story is immediately quelled by our fascination in the next.....what binds the novel is its focus on the human capacity for self-delusion, particularly with regards to our own innocence. Rare, fortunately, is the moral idiot who can boast, “I don’t take responsibility at all.” The complex, troubled people who inhabit Mandel’s novel are vexed and haunted by their failings, driven to create ever more pleasant reflections of themselves in the glass.
toegevoegd door Lemeritus | bewerkThe Washington Post, Ron Charles (betaal website) (Mar 23, 2020)
 
This latest novel from the author of the hugely successful Station Eleven forgoes a postapocalyptic vision for something far scarier—the bottomless insecurity of contemporary life.... Highly recommended; with superb writing and an intricately connected plot that ticks along like clockwork, Mandel offers an unnerving critique of the twinned modern plagues of income inequality and cynical opportunism. [
toegevoegd door Lemeritus | bewerkLibrary Journal, Reba Leiding (betaal website) (Feb 1, 2020)
 

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"From the award-winning author of Station Eleven, a captivating novel of money, beauty, white-collar crime, ghosts, and moral compromise in which a woman disappears from a container ship off the coast of Mauritania and a massive Ponzi scheme implodes in New York, dragging countless fortunes with it"--

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