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The Lonely Hearts Hotel: A Novel (udgave 2018)

af Heather O'Neill (Forfatter)

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"With echoes of The Night Circus, a spellbinding story about two gifted orphans -in love with each other since they can remember-whose childhood talents allow them to rewrite their future. The Lonely Hearts Hotel is a love story with the power of legend. An unparalleled tale of charismatic pianos, invisible dance partners, radicalized chorus girls, drug-addicted musicians, brooding clowns, and an underworld whose economy hinges on the price of a kiss. In a landscape like this, it takes great creative gifts to thwart one's origins. It might also take true love. Two babies are abandoned in a Montreal orphanage in the winter of 1914. Before long, their talents emerge: Pierrot is a piano prodigy; Rose lights up even the dreariest room with her dancing and comedy. As they travel around the city performing clown routines, the children fall in love with each other and dream up a plan for the most extraordinary and seductive circus show the world has ever seen. Separated as teenagers, sent off to work as servants during the Great Depression, both descend into the city's underworld, dabbling in sex, drugs and theft in order to survive. But when Rose and Pierrot finally reunite beneath the snowflakes -after years of searching and desperate poverty -the possibilities of their childhood dreams are renewed, and they'll go to extreme lengths to make them come true. Soon, Rose, Pierrot and their troupe of clowns and chorus girls have hit New York, commanding the stage as well as the alleys, and neither the theater nor the underworld will ever look the same. With her musical language and extravagantly realized world, Heather O'Neill enchants us with a novel so magical there is no escaping its spell"--… (mere)
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Titel:The Lonely Hearts Hotel: A Novel
Forfattere:Heather O'Neill (Forfatter)
Info:Riverhead Books (2018), Edition: Reprint, 400 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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The Lonely Hearts Hotel af Heather O'Neill

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Really, really but my type of book! I strongly disliked the writing style, it annoyed me to no end. I would have never finished it is it hadn't been for my book club. I ended up giving it 2 stars because it picks up at the end, and my book club managed to convince me there were some interesting elements. But it was really not my cup of tea : it tried too hard to be whimsy and there were way too many similes (so many, omg!!). ( )
  julie.bonjour | Aug 14, 2020 |
I really wanted to love this as much as I loved Lullabies for Little Criminals but I just didn't. It seemed unnecessarily long and wow, the non-stop metaphors kind of wore me out. For whatever reason, I couldn't give up on it though I'm not sure it was worth it in the end. ( )
  viviennestrauss | Jul 23, 2020 |
I loved it. I wouldn't change a sentence. ( )
  andrea_mcd | Mar 10, 2020 |
See my full review here

This story is intriguing, sad, beautiful, and, ultimately, a little bit tragic. But, the writing – oh, the writing! I’m absolutely besotted with O’Neill’s writing style. Her style is almost poetic, and her imagination shines through her imagery:

He doused his words in alcohol and set them on fire.
His white carnation boutonniere looked like a crumpled-up love poem.

This is a roller coaster of emotion and a page turner. It’s well worth the read. I strongly encourage readers to try, as best they can, to get through as much of this book as possible before giving up on it.

Also, remember that not all stories involve people with perfect lives. This book is quite honest about life in the early 1900’s – poverty, abuse, drugs, women being treated like property, etc. I’ve seen a lot of reviews where people quit early in the book because of all the despair, but the despair is part of life and part of the beauty of this book. ( )
  obtusata | Jan 9, 2020 |
It would be more honest to give it a two star rating but I could never score the author of Lullabies for Little Criminals so low.

I wanted to love this book, I could see what O'Neill was trying to do but it just didn't work for me.

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  MiffsBird | Jul 9, 2019 |
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"With echoes of The Night Circus, a spellbinding story about two gifted orphans -in love with each other since they can remember-whose childhood talents allow them to rewrite their future. The Lonely Hearts Hotel is a love story with the power of legend. An unparalleled tale of charismatic pianos, invisible dance partners, radicalized chorus girls, drug-addicted musicians, brooding clowns, and an underworld whose economy hinges on the price of a kiss. In a landscape like this, it takes great creative gifts to thwart one's origins. It might also take true love. Two babies are abandoned in a Montreal orphanage in the winter of 1914. Before long, their talents emerge: Pierrot is a piano prodigy; Rose lights up even the dreariest room with her dancing and comedy. As they travel around the city performing clown routines, the children fall in love with each other and dream up a plan for the most extraordinary and seductive circus show the world has ever seen. Separated as teenagers, sent off to work as servants during the Great Depression, both descend into the city's underworld, dabbling in sex, drugs and theft in order to survive. But when Rose and Pierrot finally reunite beneath the snowflakes -after years of searching and desperate poverty -the possibilities of their childhood dreams are renewed, and they'll go to extreme lengths to make them come true. Soon, Rose, Pierrot and their troupe of clowns and chorus girls have hit New York, commanding the stage as well as the alleys, and neither the theater nor the underworld will ever look the same. With her musical language and extravagantly realized world, Heather O'Neill enchants us with a novel so magical there is no escaping its spell"--

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