The Glass Hotel

The Glass Hotel

eBook - 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. Vincent is a bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star glass-and-cedar palace on the northernmost tip of Vancouver Island. New York financier Jonathan Alkaitis owns the hotel. When he passes Vincent his card with a tip, it's the beginning of their life together. That same day, a hooded figure scrawls a note on the windowed wall of the hotel: "Why don't you swallow broken glass." Leon Prevant, a shipping executive for a company called Neptune-Avramidis, sees the note from the hotel bar and is shaken to his core. Thirteen years later, Vincent mysteriously disappears from the deck of a Neptune-Avramidis ship. Weaving together the lives of these characters, The Glass Hotel moves between the ship, the skyscrapers of Manhattan and the wilderness of remote British Columbia, painting a breathtaking picture of greed and guilt, fantasy and delusion, art and the ghosts of our pasts."--
Publisher: Toronto :, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.,, 2020
Description: 1 online resource
ISBN: 9781443455749
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teleskier Jun 08, 2020

Inspired by the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme, the book tells the story of two siblings on a remote Canadian island and the cast of characters interweaved in their lives. Original and well-written, it would make a perfect book club book: spare and memorable characters, a unique backdrop and events drawn from real-life.

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laphampeak
Jun 07, 2020

I took interest in the character types from the beginning and waited patiently for a theme, plot, or connection to the plethora of events. Although there were relationships between many of the characters there were diluted networks that made an incohesive narration of development. Could have been.......

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Bookbybook
Jun 03, 2020

Don't understand the hype on this one. It was hard to follow. Convoluted plot with a meandering, disconnected narrative and dull characters.Lost interest long before the end.

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deborahtaylor
May 28, 2020

3/5 stars. I got the audio book it was hard to follow at first but overall good.

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allysunsun24
May 26, 2020

I enjoyed this book alot but if I went into it with a little less hype I would have enjoyed it more. This book reads a lot like Station Eleven with lots of different character stories and interesting webs and how they connect. Since most of the book is rotating around the 2008 financial crash it kind of lacked interest for me. I still finished and was quite happy with it overall.

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ABCDot
May 20, 2020

This book is like a puzzle with a lot of pieces, but they all come together nicely at the end. I liked it. It was unusual and had a number of very interesting characters and locales.

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star2014
May 15, 2020

After loving Station Eleven, I had high hopes for this author's new novel. Maybe its just me, but I couldn't get into any of the characters, didn't quite understand where the story was going; thus the low rating. I only made it thru about 85 pages. Very disappointing.

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beetlebaily
May 14, 2020

Nice book. Well written. I gave it a rating of 3 out of 5

CircMary May 09, 2020

A real page-turner. Interesting locations and characters with a bit of other-worldliness thrown in. Overall a very satisfying read.

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uncommonreader
Apr 27, 2020

This novel is two stories - a young woman from north Vancouver Island and an older billionaire, based on ponzi scheme Bernard Madoff. It is a story of greed and delusion, with capitalists destroying the lives of people greedy to become rich. The rich and very rich are portrayed much too sympathetically. As one character says, "Money is its own country". Although the story is well-known, the novel is a page-turner.

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