What struck me immediately when I began Piranesi, a brief two days ago, was the voice. Written in first person, I was instantly plunged into the character and his world. Even the author’s convention for the passage of time lends to this mysterious and baffling world. Every word offers fresh insight; every sentence brings new questions. There is a simplicity to the story and prose that evoked, most particularly, the Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman while filling me with the same wonder I felt while reading Alice in Wonderland for the first time.
At 248 pages, it is a rather quick read. Had I the time, I’m certain I could have read it in one sitting (unlike Jonathan Starnge & Mr. Norrell which is the best kind of doorstop). And I suspect this would be the best way to enjoy the story. I suspect I will have read this multiple times before I’m able to unravel even a fraction of the layers here. For instance, I’m certain there is more to the naming convention, capitalization of ideas, and relationships that speaks to society, but I haven’t had the time to really dwell on these yet.
Maybe you can find the time.
If you’re looking for something that is new but feels timeless, I can’t recommend Piranesi enough. I suggest you head to your local bookstore and pick up a copy, and who knows, maybe you’ll luck out and find an autographed copy…like I did.
What can I say?
The Beauty of the House is immeasurable; its Kindness infinite.