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The Glass Hotel 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 ItVincent Is A Bartender At The Hotel Caiette, A Five Star Glass And Cedar Palace On An Island In British Columbia Jonathan Alkaitis Works In Finance And Owns The Hotel When He Passes Vincent His Card With A Tip, It S The Beginning Of Their Life Together That Same Day, Vincent S Half Brother, Paul, 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 Northern Vancouver Island, Painting A Breathtaking Picture Of Greed And Guilt, Fantasy And Delusion, Art And The Ghosts Of Our Pasts Leon hadn t understood, and he d given Alkaitis his retirement savings anyway He didn t 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 unde Leon hadn t understood, and he d given Alkaitis his retirement savings anyway He didn t 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 the gist of it, and at the end of the day the returns speak for themselves It is the perfect time to be reading this book as I watch the stock market plummet over fears of what the coronavirus will do to the ebb and flow of money I pulled my money out years ago to invest in real estate, so I m really rather a disinterested observer as the panic begins to gain momentum What makes this downturn interesting is, if there are any Madoffesque Ponzi schemes operating out there, they will be exposed As long as the markets are good Ponzi schemes work like clockwork When markets start to get shaky is when too many calls come in too quickly for a scheming ponzi criminal to cover The party at that point is over The 2008 crash is what exposed Jonathan Alkaitis s indiscretions Rarely do investors hang with you when they start to see the market begin to free fall They don t care how many great returns you ve given them in the past They want their money back, and they want it back now Remember the run on the bank in It s a Wonderful Life Well, that is exactly what happened to Alkaitis in 2008 There was no money to give them because there were no fresh investors giving Alkaitis an infusion of new cash The whole scheme spiralled down the toilet The primary thing that drives a Ponzi scheme is greed Frankly, I don t care if some smooth talking, immoral Alkaitis type character takes rich, greedy people for all their money because they should know better What really irritates me is when guys like Alkaitis take regular people for their small nest eggs and retirement funds That s when what he does goes from being a snake oil swindler to being a devastator of lives Emily St James Mandel does a great job of laying out exactly what a Ponzi scheme is, but if you have fears that this book is all about schemes and money, don t worry Mandel has always been wonderful at building the emotion and authenticity of her characters lives So the way a Ponzi scheme works is that a slick talking operator with some trading experience convinces a few of his rich buddies to invest some money with him, guaranteeing them a certain rate of return Sometimes those buddies are in on the scheme, and sometimes they are clueless, but they all feel absolutely brilliant when they start getting checks, reflecting astronomical returns Some math would tell them that these rates of return are impossible, but that isn t really a thought as long as the checks keep coming Those initial investors then tell their friends and acquaintances about these fabulously large checks they have been earning and recruitinvestors to the scheme So Alkaitis is really just a salesman, a closer who convinces these people he is a brilliant investor, but what these investors don t know is that he never invests their money Their money is being used to pay the big returns to the initial investors and to support his lavish lifestyle As long as the market is a bull market, attractinginvestors is no problem, and everything works great When the stock market tumbles, he doesn t have the cash to pay out to the numerous, nervous investors wanting their money back That s when people with handcuffs make a visit.There is a mystery threaded through the plot as to what really happened to the woman who fell off the boat in the opening chapter of the book She has an unusual name She was named for the poet Edna St Vincent Millay can t help noticing how closely that name reflects the author s name , and few people forget a beautiful woman named Vincent She becomes the trophy wife of Alkaitis She is not stupid, but she sees money as a mysterious agent that seems to materalize, like magic in her new lifeEverything in the shop was gorgeous, but the yellow gloves shone with a special light She tried them on and bought them without looking at the price tag, because in the age of money her credit card was a magical, weightless thing She was a bartender before she met Alkaitis and will be one again.This is an effortless read I blew through it on a flight from Denver to Charlotte Mandel s writing style is smooth and elegant She is one of my favorite young writers, and I certainly look forward to her next book If you haven t read her work before, I would suggest starting with her book Station Eleven, which could very well prove to be her grand opus If you like post apocalyptic novels, you will enjoy her unique and poignant view of a possible future If you think money is boring, which it is, but regardless you should still understand it, especially if your beloved Uncle Ted leaves you a nice packet, this book will give you some perspective and, hopefully, help you keep from falling into the honey laced traps of conmen The sage advice, if it is too good to be true then it is really too good to be true, should always be remembered If you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at You may be wondering ifThe Glass Hotelis anything like Emily St John Mandel s previous novel Station Eleven The answer is no AND yes.Don t get me wrong, The Glass Hotel is a very different kind of book Its setting is realistic, not speculative In place of Station Eleven s focus on art Shakespeare, music, comics there is filthy lucre specifically a Ponzi scheme bearing a striking resemblance to Bernie Madoff s massive fraud The romanticism of Station Eleven its starlit gauziness You may be wondering ifThe Glass Hotelis anything like Emily St John Mandel s previous novel Station Eleven The answer is no AND yes.Don t get me wrong, The Glass Hotel is a very different kind of book Its setting is realistic, not speculative In place of Station Eleven s focus on art Shakespeare, music, comics there is filthy lucre specifically a Ponzi scheme bearing a striking resemblance to Bernie Madoff s massive fraud The romanticism of Station Eleven its starlit gauziness and heady atmosphere, beauty seen in a wildflower by the side of a highway clogged with rusted automobile carcasses is dialled down here Mandel s writing is as evocative as ever, but her emphasis has shifted In this novel full of morally questionable individuals, there aren t as many pinpricks of light And yet common threads do emerge Both books have a diffuse cast of characters both narratives skip forwards and backwards, orbiting a central catastrophic worldwide event that forever bisects life into a before and an after Station Eleven s was a flu pandemic, The Glass Hotel s is the 2008 financial crisis, which triggers the Ponzi scheme s collapse In both, the fallout from the singular event claims lives, and those that do survive are set to wandering.There aredirect links too Characters from the earlier book reappear here, and the idea of parallel universes first raised in Station Eleven when characters imaginea universe in which civilization hadn t been so brutally interruptedalso recurs Mandel ties this to her theme of regret the characters rueful if only thinking manifests as reverberations between alternate realities, the ghost versions of lives that might have been, had they made different choices It s as if Station Eleven which had the feeling of a dream all along is Oz and The Glass Hotel is Kansas From parallel worlds arise parallel tales, different tonally but at heart, similar compositions Mandel s sensitive characterisations, meticulous layers, and musings on loss, regret and the frangibility of life are all here It s just a little less magical 4 stars I m just blinking, giving blank looks, a mesmerized expression on my face This is spectacular When I admire someone s 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 perfectl I m just blinking, giving blank looks, a mesmerized expression on my face This is spectacular When I admire someone s 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 scattered around the chapters You have to give your entire focus on the details because anything you read at those chapters and any clue about one character s ordinary action create ripple effects on the other character s main dilemma We re going back and forth during 19 years long timeline and we re introduced with remarkable self absorbed, swindler characters They re restless opportunists who knows seize the leverages for their own benefits, haunted by the choices they ve made, facing the ghosts of their past mistakes Paul, spending his early 20 s dropping out and going back to rehab because of his drug addiction, kicking out from his house, reluctantly choosing the finance as a major even though he has great interest in music but a tragic incident he gets involved sharing drugs with the band members who want to befriend results with the death and now the ghost of the very same band member is chasing him everywhere , goes back to his father s house, trying to form a bond with 13 year old step sister Vincent strange name for a girl No, she wasn t named after the painter, it is middle name of her mother s favorite poet who recently lost her mother But his father is adamant to send Vincent to live with her aunt After 4 years later, Vincent and Paul get back together at the dilapidated neighborhood surrounded by drug addicts That s where Vincent and her roommate lives and they are getting ready to welcome new millennium as Hotel Caiette s five star glass construction continues And a few years later we see Vincent working as a bartender, she helps to Paul getting a job as well but when his brother writes an irritating note on the windowed wall we don t know why he wrote it till the end Leo Prevant, a shipping executive sees the note and he doesn t take it well Walter who works as inspector finds out Paul s wrongdoings and forces him to quit his job as the wealthy businessman, owner of the hotel Jonathan Alkaitis Paul keeps asking his whereabouts which is also found suspicious by Walter arrives at the place, flirting with new bartender And a few months later Walter finds out their bartender who quits after her stepbrother s leaving the place became the wife of Jonathan from the couple s charity gala attendance photos But Vincent didn t marry with Jonathan She just seized the opportunity to live a luxurious life without thinking money first time in her life as her pretending husband boyfriend making shushed talks and scheming about his business plans discreetly Then BAM we got the reason of the secrecy A Ponzi Scheme erupts in Big Apple, dragging countless fortunes with it Jonathan gets arrested and ruins so many people s lives So when you keep reading and getting the clues to fill the blanks about the characters destinies, you may put most pieces at the right place This is fascinating, memorable and intense reading helping you to connect with the flawed characters and the way of their dealing with guilt feelings with supernatural motifs I get mesmerized with the beauty of writing and I didn t want it to end and I did my best to read this one slower than my normal routine to absorb each word, sentences, dialogues, entire details Maybe it s too early to tell but not for me This is gonna be one of my best 10 reads of the year and I already listed at my all time favorite list This is masterpiece Stop procrastinating Just read it And send me thank you notes for recommendation.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter 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 col 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 collapse in 2008 Mandel tracks her victims and perpetrators with their interwoven lives, the characterisation sharp yet subtle, nuanced, with the capacity to see the humanity of both in a profoundly moving way She intricately pieces together different lives, structured to intrigue, with answers that comes together holistically at the end.Vincent is a bartender at the 5 star Hotel Caiette, located in the far north of Vancouver Island, where a message has been written on the glass wall of the lobby, Why don t you swallow broken glass This has Leon Prevant, a shipping executive, needing a drink, but the message is missed by the intended target, the owner of the hotel and investment manager, Jonathan Alkaitis The meeting that night of Vincent and Jonathan, leads to her becoming a trophy wife , whose life becomes opened to a world of untold wealth and riches However, with the swift collapse of the financial empire, lives are ruined and devastated, individuals and retirement pensions wiped out Her brother Paul, a drug addict with a love of music, studies finance, becoming a drop out The story begins and ends with Vincent s disappearance from the Neptune Cumberland, between which are skilfully woven in glimpses of the lives lived, greed, ghosts, corruption, regrets, reflections on paths not taken, grief, loss, memory, conscience and an overwhelming sense of guilt.Mandel is a powerful, beautiful and offbeat writer, so atmospheric, evocative, dreamy, lingering in her wide range of often surprising locations, her scope in location and character is extraordinary This novel felt artistic, ambitious, and highly imaginative, although possibly it may not appeal to some readers as it demands patience before its direction and purpose become clear This is a stunning and spellbinding read, unforgettable, gripping as it penetrates the themes of financial crisis, its repercussions and the process of survival Cannot recommend this highly enough Many thanks to Pan Macmillan for an ARC

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