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The Glass Hotel

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  1,448 ratings  ·  536 reviews
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.

Vincent is a bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star glass and cedar
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 24th 2020 by Knopf Publishing Group
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Marina They are very very different books. Her writing style is still there but I found that Station Eleven had more intriguing and surprising "connections"…moreThey are very very different books. Her writing style is still there but I found that Station Eleven had more intriguing and surprising "connections" between all the different characters whereas Glass Hotel does not. I also found that it took a good while for the book to catch up to its own synopsis. I'd also say Station Eleven is more grounded is a sci-fi subgenre whereas Glass Hotel is more contemporary with a hint of paranormal. (less)

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Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Emily St. John Mandel writes an exquisite other worldly novel, slightly surreal as if peering through a misted looking glass, of alternative realities, paths not taken, ghosts, of a diverse and disparate cast of characters, their lives and connections revealed as the narrative goes back and forth in time. It is a story of greed, immense wealth, a financial empire built on the shifting sands of an international Ponzi scheme, reflecting the real life example of Bernie Madoff, and the financial ...more
You may be wondering if The Glass Hotel is anything like Emily St John Mandels previous novel Station Eleven? The answer is no. AND yes.

Dont get me wrong, The Glass Hotel is a very different kind of book. Its setting is realistic, not speculative. In place of Station Elevens focus on art (Shakespeare, music, comics) there is filthy lucre specifically a Ponzi scheme bearing a striking resemblance to Bernie Madoffs massive fraud. The romanticism of Station Eleven its starlit gauziness and
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this story definitely falls under the whole its not what you say, but how you say it.

honestly, i couldnt care less about the subject of this novel. a good 1/3 of the book is about the 2008 financial crisis and the collapse of a ponzi scheme. that is not something that interests me one bit. but how mandel portrays this topic, how she effectively structures the narrative, and how she intertwines the lives of the characters is really fascinating. i found myself enjoying this because i liked how the
Diane S ☔
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm not usually attracted to books that feature financial elements, but in this case I made an exception. Simply because I love how this author writes and the way she puts together a story. I'm so glad I went with my intuition, which shows sometimes you just need to trust a favored author.

Although this is about a Ponzi scheme, it is so much more. It is the story of Vincent, a female, named after Edna St. Vincent Milay , and she is a fasinating character. A sort of chameleon, trying to find her
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing

i am going to put this book in a time capsule, to be opened in fifty years, with the following note:

the world is almost entirely terrible right now, except for this book.

and if there is anyone left alive on the planet fifty years from now to dig it up, they, too, will declare this book a masterpiece.

because yoo-mons don't change, not really, and this book proves once again that emily st. john mandel has a deeper, broader understanding than most about what makes humanity tick,
Jeffrey Keeten
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business, greed
Leon hadnt understood, and hed given Alkaitis his retirement savings anyway. He didnt insist on a detailed explanation. One of our signature flaws as a species: we will risk almost anything to avoid looking stupid. The strategy had seemed to adhere to a certain logic, even if the precise mechanics--puts, calls, options, holds, conversions--swam just outside of his grasp. Look, Alkaitis had said, at his warmest and most accommodating, I could break it all down for you, but I think you understand ...more
It must be incredibly difficult for a writer to follow a monster hit like Station Eleven. Everyone, it seems, is dying to read The Glass Hotel, and that includes me: I normally think it's a little obnoxious to review an advance copy 6+ months before the book's publication, but I simply could not wait to dive into this one. So I will get this out of the way first: The Glass Hotel is not post-apocalyptic, it's not dystopian, it's straight literary fiction (which is not to say that it doesn't have ...more
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You should eat broken glass.

The sentence above, a remote island hotel, a Ponzi scheme, a container ship, a lost young woman, and a ghostly presence provide the framework for this masterful novel about greed, guilt, ambition, and love. The writing is languid and dreamy yet still page-turning as the stories of the interconnected characters fold back upon themselves. This is a mesmerizing, unearthly novel with characters throwing stones and crossing lines. Dont miss it.
Andrew Smith
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Anyone who has read Station Eleven or in fact any of the authors previous novels will know that Mandel writes thoughtful and addictive stories. Her prose doesnt shout a story at you, its far more subtle than that. Instead youre more likely to be taken through a gentle maze of events that eventually knit together to deliver a gut punch. This book starts with what appears to be a scene of Vincents final moments after falling off a ship. One of those thoughts is a wish to see her brother. Quickly ...more
Dec 19, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: adult
This sounds like... absolutely everything.

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Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Im just blinking, giving blank looks, a mesmerized expression on my faceThis is spectacular
When I admire someones extraordinary mind and extremely talented creative skills, any word to describe the work he/she created will not be enough to express my feelings. Emily St. John Mandel is the wizard and genius to surprise us how perfectly crafted words and smart story-telling, impeccably developed and layered characterization change our worlds.

This book is real puzzle: all the pieces perfectly
In Emily St John Mandel's previous much loved novel Station Eleven she wrote about a post-apocalyptic world which had an almost dream-like feel. This novel is centred around a modern day financial calamity but has that same ethereal, other worldly quality. Hotel Caiette, the glass hotel, itself feels disconnected from time and place "an improbable palace lit up against the darkness of the forest" with it's wall of glass looking over the wilderness. Built on a small island off the north coast of ...more
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first, I found the storyline all over the place and I felt a bit baffled because I couldnt see where it was heading. It jumped from timeline to timeline and character to character in a seemingly random and disconnected fashion and I couldnt join the dots! Then it all began to slot into place and I saw the reasoning and then I was able to settle into enjoying the book.

The 5 star luxury Glass Hotel was in Caiette, a small and remote part of Vancouver Island. It was owned by super wealthy
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a new author for me, finding a new author is very exciting and I couldnt wait to start this book!!

The Glass Hotel is on Vancouver Island, only accessible by boat. A luxury 5 star hotel owned by Jonathon Alkatis who works in finance.

When Jonathon passes a card with his tip to Vincent the bartender its a new beginning for as his trophy wife, leading to money and entitlement!!

Thirteen years later Vincent disappears off the deck of the Neptune - Avramidis ship. Was it an accident or
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"There are so many ways to haunt a person, or a life"

Emily St John Mandel seems to have two particular talents (probably a lot more, but these two stand out to me). She has a remarkable way to tell a story by jumping around in time and yet having it all make sense. She seems to be able to put the pieces together so that the reveals from the past or future come at exactly the right point to avoid the reader being either frustrated or confused. It is a great skill, I think, to be able to write
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So I just watched this amazing film that came out this year that nobody seems to have heard of, and it's called The Laundromat . Meryl Streep and Antonio Banderas are in it. The movie, through a series of seemingly disconnected vignettes, tells the story of shell corporations, fraud, and corruption, on a global scale.

While reading THE GLASS HOTEL, in all of its haunting glory, I thought of The Laundromat because at its heart, it is also a
Jessica Jeffers
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, edelweiss
"I was a thief too," I tell him, "we both got corrupted."
Station Eleven is one of my all-time favorite books and I was unbelievably excited when I found out that, more than five years later, Emily St. John Mandel was finally releasing a new novel. I was even more excited when I discovered I could download an advance copy of this book on off Edelweiss.

It's incredibly difficult to summarize the plot of this one without getting too into spoilers, but one very important thing you should know
Jasmine Guillory
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Got in the bathtub at 10pm and opened to the first page of this book; was completely unable to make myself get out of the bathtub until 1:30 am when I turned the last page. Absolutely incredible; I read it a few days ago and have been thinking about it ever since; am furious its not out yet because I want to talk about it with everyone. I adored Station Eleven and was worried I wouldnt love this one as much and if youre also worried about that do not worry! Its very very different than Station ...more
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was very keen to read another book by this author after Station Eleven. This was nothing like that book, in plot or genre, but it was equally gripping, fascinating and intriguing. I enjoyed the way the different strands of time and character were interlinked. Many thanks to Netgalley for an arc of this book.
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tragic, imaginative, and atmospheric!

The Glass Hotel is an alluring, character-driven tale that immerses you into the lives of multiple strangers as their worlds quickly unravel, intersect, collide, and are ultimately ruined when a Ponzi scheme catastrophically collapses.

The prose is rich and lyrical. The characters are lonely, complex, and vulnerable. And the plot told from multiple perspectives using flashbacks and alternate realities is a hauntingly sobering tale of tragedy, crime,
Jan 20, 2019 marked it as to-read
thank you emily st. john mandel for blessing us mortals with a new release
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-tbr
I am not going to give you either a blurb or a summary of events here.  I think the blurb is super spoilerific so if you can go in blind, please go in blind.  Im going to avoid spoilers here as much as possible.

I wasnt sure what to expect with The Glass Hotel.  I read Station Eleven last year via audiobook and it was one of the few audiobooks that managed to capture my attention for the full eleven hours.  For an untrained audiobook listener, that was a big deal. I was even more amazed that I
switterbug (Betsey)
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Station Eleven is a hard act to follow, a stunning post-apocalyptic novel (being turned into a series) that stands on my shelf as arguably one of the best books of the decade. The staying power of art, music, and performance and the nuanced exploration of memories are just some of the storys refined themes. Survival is insufficient is a standout line, however banal on the surface. The story explores the aftermath of a flu epidemic that killed off most of the population. In The Glass Hotel (also ...more
Nov 06, 2019 marked it as to-read
Sounds good! Ponzi schemes and a bunch of interconnected narratives: count me in!
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh I could stay in THE GLASS HOTEL forever. Dreamy, spectral. Intricate and delicate, web and gauze. This book is going to be so huge...
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Dont read the blurb before reading The Glass Hotel.
I didnt. If I had, Id have probably been put off by words such as "finance" and "shipping".
Because I didnt read the blurb, I had no idea what was going on most of the time! Characters flickered in and out across fractured timelines and seemingly disparate events. Yet still, the other-worldly beauty of the writing compelled me to read on.
Hate the thought of a loose plot and other-worldly beauty? Me too. But not this time.
Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, read-2020
Low-key haunting: there is a slow eeriness to it. The writing is simply beautiful.

I listened to the audio 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 a tranquil hotel setting.

I found myself conflicted:
I really enjoyed Station Eleven so was very keen to read The Glass Hotel.

Why dont you swallow broken glass Is the message written on the glass wall of the opulent hotel Caiette. The hotel is in an isolated location north of Vancouver Island, accessed only by boat it offers patrons the seclusion in 5-star luxury. The book isnt centred around the Glass Hotel its the cross over meeting point or connection point for all the characters in the book where we see alternative realities, paths not taken.
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it

The Glass Hotel captured me from the start and did not let me go until the last page - I read this in two sittings.

This book is kind of similar, in terms of characters or plot, to her famous novel Station Eleven and it gave me the same vibes (gosh I hate this word) - but it's not the same book.
I loved that she referred to the civilization's collapse of Station Eleven and I've read in other reviews that more references to her early novels were also present - I've only read these two books so I
Bethany Everett
This is a really hard book to rate for me because I feel as if this simply was just not a book. This was a collection of life struggles and lessons and observations through a million different characters, and you never really get the satisfaction of understanding. There was no real story to this, in the traditional sense. This felt to me like a book of short stories all mashed together into a confusing ball of a book. I enjoyed the start, as it follows one character (Paul) through grief and ...more
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Emily St. John Mandel was born and raised on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. She studied contemporary dance at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and lived briefly in Montreal before relocating to New York.

She is the author of five novels, including The Glass Hotel (spring 2020) and Station Eleven (2014.) Station Eleven was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner

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