14 comments on “Piranesi by Susanna Clarke | Book Review

  1. I wasn’t quite as bowled over by Piranesi as others seem to have been, either. I thought it was strongest in its first half, where the weirdness of Piranesi’s world-view was explored, then took a more predictable turn in its second half.

  2. Great review, Callum. I like your comment “whether or not it is possible to find contentment in ignorance” – very true. Sry, it didn’t live up to the hype for you, but sounds like you still found it a decent read.

  3. Great review! I’m glad you found this a solid read even if it didn’t quite live up to expectations. It is hard to balance the hype without revealing spoilers, but it seems an interesting addition to the WP at least, even if the story doesn’t quite impress on every level. I had a little better luck perhaps, but agree with your criticisms. Better luck with your next read, I hope!

    • Thank you! Yes, I’m happy to see it on the longlist; not least because the fantastical elements are more literal than I’d expected, and it’s refreshing to see some genre fiction represented!

  4. I’m curious about this one because it sounds so unique. Books like this can be so hard to review without revealing too much while still being honest so well done!

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