The Glass Hotel

EPUB, 320 pages

English language

Published March 24, 2020 by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

ISBN:
978-0-525-52114-3
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4 stars (81 reviews)

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER • From the bestselling author of Station Eleven and Sea of Tranquility, an exhilarating novel set at the glittering intersection of two seemingly disparate events—the exposure of a massive criminal enterprise and the mysterious disappearance of a woman from a ship at sea. “The perfect novel ... Freshly mysterious.” —The Washington Post Vincent is a bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star lodging on the northernmost tip of Vancouver Island. On the night she meets Jonathan Alkaitis, a hooded figure scrawls a message on the lobby's glass wall: Why don’t you swallow broken glass. High above Manhattan, a greater crime is committed: Alkaitis's billion-dollar business is really nothing more than a game of smoke and mirrors. When his scheme collapses, it obliterates countless fortunes and devastates lives. Vincent, who had been posing as Jonathan’s wife, walks away into the night. Years later, a victim of the fraud is …

14 editions

This book infuriated me but i still finished it.

2 stars

Content warning maybe spoilers or not but just in case

Review of 'The Glass Hotel' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

In a lot of ways, this book almost felt like a test run for Station Eleven, which was a book that meticulously constructed to create an engaging story line crafted from carefully woven together narratives. This felt a bit less polished. It certainly wasn't a bad book; quite the opposite. I enjoyed it. I just simply did not care. I didn't care about any of the characters. I didn't care about their connections. The way each character POV was associated with every other character POV felt topical and not well thought out. There were very few moments of "Oh that's an interesting connection that adds additional context to the story." and more moments of "Why do I need this character's perspective on what's happening? What does this add? I don't care about this person."

The only thing that potentially elevates this book is the context of Station Eleven. The knowledge …

Sad, Poignant, Beautiful

5 stars

This book is so beautiful, so insightful, and so sad. This story is a deep-dive into the different worlds that we can often fall into. It's an examination of wealth, poverty, addiction, guilt/shame, stealing to get by, making art for art's sake, making art for ambition's sake, greed, dread, and so many more things.

As someone whose family was significantly impacted by the 2008 financial crisis (and let's be honest, whose wasn't), I found that entering back into the world of watching white collar criminals squirm was like a warm blanket. There are a few scenes in the book where various financial criminals are overtaken by waves of dread and it felt like such a balm to my soul to experience their suffering as a reader and then to remove myself back into the cozy world of my own little reading nook.

The Glass Hotel is not a feel-good book, …

Review of 'The Glass Hotel' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I really liked this book, but I have a hard time articulating why. I'm not sure exactly what it was about, but I did enjoy reading it. It was like a stroll through the lives of several unrelated (mostly) people, connected by chance. Something about the world being a small place, and diversifying your investments.

Review of 'The Glass Hotel' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

I read this novel because I recently re-read “Station Eleven” (after watching the series) and was reminded of how much I liked it. However, while this book follows the same formula as Station Eleven — seemingly disconnected characters who are unwittingly linked together — the background setting of Station Eleven (a post-pandemic world where almost everyone is dead) is fascinating enough to keep you reading through the storylines and character arcs that end up going nowhere. In this novel, however, the background setting is mundane: A hotel, Toronto, rich people in New York, etc. As a result, I ended up being much more focused on the fact that almost every plot line and character’s story seems to just peter out. As in SE, some things come together at the end, but getting there, in this novel, is a much less satisfying read.

Review of 'The Glass Hotel' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Vincent swam every night to strengthen her will because she was desperately afraid of drowning.

As I neared the end of the book I tried to imagine how I could summarize it. What is the quick recap that can explain what this is about? Is this a story about a hotel and the lives that are interconnected through a period of time?

Or is the story about the web of people Vincent and Paul interacted with and how they continued to bounce around in that sphere of familiar circles? Or is the Ponzi scheme and financial fallout the focus of the book?

For a book without an immediate identity I enjoyed reading it. Emily St. John Mandel crafts an eerie and almost haunting story. I felt as isolated as the guests in the hotel reading this book. There is a sense of isolation and dread but also beauty in the …

Review of 'The Glass Hotel' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I really, really enjoyed Station Eleven. I was a little hesitant to pick this one up because of the disappointed reviews I kept seeing and hearing, but I'll honestly say without a trace of doubt that I'm glad I read it. It's told nonsequentially, much like Station Eleven, which will give you that same feeling of having to piece together a puzzle. It also involves a world-ending event, albeit on a smaller, personal, financial sense than a global, everyone, pandemic sense, which was satisfying to piece together.

Unfortunately the underlying themes of The Glass Hotel were less interesting to me than the themes of Station Eleven. Financial drama just doesn't get the same imagination cells firing for me as "survival is insufficient" from Station Eleven. I also didn't really like any of the characters from The Glass Hotel, because it's hard to feel connected with a Ponzi …

Review of 'The Glass Hotel' on 'GoodReads'

5 stars

Vincent's story is so beautiful and so tragic. Her whole life was borrowed and stolen.



## Why I Picked It Up ##



It was a very convenient combination of being on the Best Fiction Of 2020 and also Available Now at my library. Also I always felt kind of guilty for some reason for not getting into Station Eleven, so I wanted to give the author a second chance.



## What I Want To Remember ##



The way Vincent and other moved through different landscapes. The Country of Money. The Shadow Country. The Other World. The World of Sea and the World of Land. The Shipping World. So many different hidden worlds. It really took the idea of Two Americas and exploded it into Many Americas and followed through on the idea.



I liked the non-linear bits of it and how all the characters crossed through each others lives, sometimes …

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