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Hotel World
Hotel World
Author: Ali Smith
Woooooooo-hooooooo. — Five people: four are living; three are strangers; two are sisters; one, a teenage hotel chambermaid, has fallen to her death in a dumbwaiter. But her spirit lingers in the world, straining to recall things she never knew. And one night all five women find themselves in the smooth plush environs of the Global Hotel, where th...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780385722100
ISBN-10: 0385722109
Publication Date: 1/15/2002
Pages: 256
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.

3.4 stars, based on 35 ratings
Publisher: Anchor
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 1
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esh712 avatar reviewed Hotel World on + 44 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
The back summary was much more intriguing than the actual book. I had first read The Accidental, and enjoyed the style, so I picked this up. It was almost too similar to me, so I enjoyed it less. Just didn't seem like quite so unique a story. Some of the chapters were really compelling, and some were not. The chapter written by the sister did not contain one period. No punctuation in her chapter, which made me just skim right through it in frustration. I thought that in the end, everything tied together fairly well for being so random in the first place. Not my favorite book, overall.
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This was a very strange book. As it progressed it became more interesting, but I don't think it wove the stories or characters together very well.
VivaLaVole avatar reviewed Hotel World on + 119 more book reviews
This is a strangely touching, very disturbing, mysterious and sometimes frustrating novel. Still ... it has its merits. I didn't find much in it that was humorous. Mostly, it's sad, and so full of palpable lonesomeness that it's far more heartbreaking than hilarious. But I do think it's worthwhile reading, particularly for the stream of consciousness chapter that focuses on the Sara's sister -- I forced myself to slow down to read it through ... and that particular chapter is, in fact, the most gratifying of them all! I do recommend it, because it is so different and so (ok, I have to say it!) haunting, and because by the last page I had, to my own surprise, tears on my cheeks.
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Parts of this were good, but mostly it was just okay.