Piranesi by Susanna Clarke | Book Sample Review



So I downloaded a sample on my Kindle, and I got the chance to read a few pages from this book every time I’m in the copy room at work. This blurb is not gonna be too long because it’s a no for me dawg. One should probably never judge a book by its sample, but I’m going to *flips hair*

And it really bums me out to say this because Leonie Dams liked this book a lot. She did give a warning to potential readers that they may get turned off by how naive the main character is. And I was definitely one of the people that just couldn’t get past the idea that the narrator has pedophiliac tendencies??? Let me put that into context: So the narrator lives in a post-apocalyptic world with this one other human (far older than him) and they’re the only two people alive. And every day his routine is to explore the ruins or I guess the labyrinth he’s in. He names all of the skeletons he’s come across and there’s this one skeleton that he’s particularly intrigued by. And it’s the skeleton of a seven-year-old girl, and the narrator is 30-years-old o: And the narrator keeps insisting that this girl's skeleton was meant to be his other-half or something along those lines.

It’s a good thing that I remembered that the narrator is supposed to resemble a newly born baby at the end of the world. And I guess I can see why we can frame him to be perceived as an “innocent character,” but I just couldn’t get into it. Oh and I think he also has some sort of amnesia??? Similarly to the dialogue with his companion, I just couldn’t enjoy it. It just didn’t flow and it felt pedantic and I didn’t end up annotating anything from the sample (immediate red flag to not continue).

Maybe I should give it a re-read? I don’t know??? Maybe I gave up too soon??? They had me at the labyrinth, but it doesn’t compare to The Maze by Christopher Manson.  

Also, I hate the blue version of the cover. Like if it’s Dark Academia, why isn’t the dark version available for US readers too??? I’m recently a blue convert (I used to be such a hater of the color blue) and I didn’t like the shade of blue they used. It reminds me of the blue screen of death in those Windows 95 computers and then you couldn’t play Spyro anymore :( (I think you can play Spyro on the PC or was it just on the grey PlayStation?)

Well, uh, clearly, I have too many complaints about this book. Leave me a spoiler that might get me to read this book again if you loved it a lot. I would love to hear your thoughts. Non-spoilers are also welcome. Thanks for reading. Take care xx 


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