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The Lonely Hearts Hotel

The Lonely Hearts Hotel 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 Hea

  • Title: The Lonely Hearts Hotel
  • Author: Heather O'Neill
  • ISBN: 9780735213739
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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, bWith 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 1910 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

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    About Author

    1. Heather O'Neill says:
      Heather O Neill was born in Montreal and attended McGill University She published her debut novel, Lullabies for Little Criminals, in 2006 The novel won the Canada Reads competition 2007 and was awarded the Hugh Maclennan Award 2007 It was nominated for eight other awards included the Orange Prize, the Governor General s Award and the IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize It was an international bestseller.Her books The Girl Who Was Saturday Night 2014 and Daydreams of Angels 2015 were both shortlisted for the Giller Prize.Her third novel The Lonely Hearts Hotel will be published in February 2017.Her credits also include a screenplay, a book of poetry, and contributions to The New York Times Magazine, This American Life, The Globe and Mail, Elle Magazine, The Walrus and Rookie Magazine.

    Comment 772 on “The Lonely Hearts Hotel

    1. Hannah Greendale says:
      Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.Ladies and gentlemen, take your seats and prepare to be awed Witness the story of two babies born of tragic circumstances and abandoned in an orphanage in Montreal, circa 1914 Behold the boy, Pierrot, who entertains his fellow orphans with theatrics and proves to be a prodigy pianist Feast your eyes on the girl with blushing cheeks, Rose, whose dancing is a physical manifestation of Pierrot s music, so lovel [...]

    2. Navessa says:
      I ve read over a thousand books None of them were like this one.And that, perhaps, is the biggest compliment that I can give a book at this point Set in Montreal during the depression, this book ishard to describe It s not one of those that I would rush out and recommend to everyone, because it s not really an easy read First off, it opens with the incestuous rape of a minor It s mentioned almost offhand, in just a sentence or two, which could be offensive to most, but in this book it actually f [...]

    3. Simon says:
      This book will not be for everyone It s dark, it s gritty, it s disturbing and it s unflinching It s also incredible It s like a modern twisted fairytale about what love is and means But I ll just say this I started it at 1pm I stayed up till 1am to finish it even though I didn t want it to end.

    4. Elyse says:
      Library ebook My eyes were opened wide with my chest constricted The abuse physical emotional and sexual that takes place in a Montreal orphanage during the 1930 s, makes life for the orphan children in the musical Annie look like Disneyland in comparison NO HOLDS BACK from author Heather O Neill BE WARNED There is graphic sexual abuse between a young female nun and a pre teen boy BUTdes the in your face details of sexual forbidden lust behind closed doors and physical abusive violence from nuns [...]

    5. Emer says:
      The first page of this book opens with the rape of a child From there it leads to abuse, sexual assault, rape and just pretty much all manner of horrors that any child or children could ever endure But despite all this our two main characters, Rose and Pierrot, feel a connection to each other They know that their lives will be forever interlinked and young love blossoms The story then leads on into adulthood with the effects that this horrific childhood had on the two main characters I am sorry [...]

    6. Book Riot Community says:
      O Neill has created a fantastical feeling in The Lonely Hearts Hotel that combined with the imaginative writing and Whelan s narration made me feel as if a vintage movie was playing in my brain It was all so vivid I wanted to reach my hand out and run away with Rose or join the circus It was so beautifully written it cushioned the heartbreak of Rose and Pierrot s lives two children who are quirky and gifted and creative and in love growing up in a Montreal Orphanage in early 1900s and their subs [...]

    7. Helene Jeppesen says:
      This book is so dark and twisted, and it will leave you with a feeling of hopelessness and despair But for some reason that s exactly why I loved it Finally we get a story in which there is no happy ending in sight, and where you live in the darkness and cruelty of life and still manage to see glimpses of beauty The Lonely Hearts Hotel is about Pierrot and Rose who are two orphans placed in the same orphanage They are both very gifted artistically and they are both naturally drawn to each other [...]

    8. Erin Clemence says:
      Sex, drugs and clowns The Lonely Hearts Hotel is the newest novel by Scotiabank Giller Prize winner and bestselling author, Heather O Neill Hotel follows on the heels of one of my favourite novels of O Neill s, Lullabies for Little Criminals In The Lonely Hearts Hotel , we are introduced to Rose and Pierrot two orphans who grow up together in a Montreal orphanage during the Great Depression Rose and Pierrot quickly bond over their love of performing Pierrot is a piano prodigy with a love of musi [...]

    9. Mel says:
      I posted a review gush to my Youtube Chanel for Vlogmas youtube watch v aGsZwI m trying to get into Canadian Literature I don t really think enough of it exists honestly, and I want to buy and read and support Canadian authors so I can send the message to publishers that this is the kind of stuff I want published So October November was buy Canadian Literature time I ve had my eye on this since the day it was released and I finally picked it up and started it and boy do I have some stuff to say [...]

    10. Christina (A Reader of Fictions) says:
      WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK DID I JUST READ And, I know you re probably thinking that I m being really fucking melodramatic right now, because I started out a review with yelling, but no seriously WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS BOOK The Lonely Hearts Hotel is a disgusting, erotic portrayal of a bunch of fucked up shit it s not a powerful love story like the blurb will have you believe.It s my own fault that I read this, because it s not like I shouldn t have known better from the moment the audiobook started Th [...]

    11. DeB MaRtEnS says:
      Heather O Neill writes literary fiction Each of her books has had a style unique unto itself, a thematic presentation that is idiosyncratic and not one which is cozily familiar representing that next book which a fan might be eagerly awaiting That said, all of her stories represent one BIG idea Disenfranchised, poor, neglected, abused, demeaned women must trust in themselves and find their purpose as individuals, free to build lives not enslaved by the men who trap them The women she writes abou [...]

    12. Trudie says:
      DNF at 120 pages I was saddened when I decide to cast this book aside as I feel it reflects badly on my ability to select books I will like as well as my patience as a reader However, this book was always going to be a risky proposition I didn t take well to all the circusy antics ofThe Night Circusa book theThe LHHis suppose to be similar too, its not, its whimsy with a side order of grim abuse and absurdism Also, I should have stayed clear of books referencing hotels given my recent cursed exp [...]

    13. Kelsey says:
      A sumptuous cover for an irredeemably brutal book.I m always leery when a marketing team compares the book they re promoting to books I love It s kind of interesting to try to figure out what inspired the comparison In some cases, it s spot on and I m happy to add another book to the family A Thousand Nights meet Girls at the Kingfisher Club you guys have a lot to talk about In other cases, I sort of feel like they ve missed the forest for the trees You can probably tell by my rating which of th [...]

    14. Rebecca Carter says:
      The Lonely Hearts Club is written in a gorgeous whimsical style, and I ve no doubt comparisons will be made to the Night Circus, with how at times the writing can be so enchantingly beautiful and the imagery this evokes The big difference being this is definitely not a ya book This book tackles plenty of difficult subjects child abuse, rape, pedophilia, sexual assault, prostitution, drug abuse, theft, crime and the underworld of Montreal and New York It s grim and gritty and can be depressing at [...]

    15. Krista says:
      All children are really orphans At heart, a child has nothing to do with its parents, its background, its last name, its gender, its family trade It is a brand new person, and it is born with the only legacy that all individuals inherit when they open their eyes in this world the inalienable right to be free.I think that the publishers of The Lonely Hearts Hotel has done it a disservice by marketing it as having echoes of The Night Circus , because these two books would have decidedly different [...]

    16. Steph VanderMeulen says:
      I ve tried numerous times to find the right words to describe this book But it s hard when the overwhelming feeling is always, I can t even I wanted to photograph every sentence I wanted to stuff it in my mouth or shoot it up directly into my bloodstream It is marvellous, magical, wondrously imaginative It makes me want to make love to Heather O Neill s genius mind The writing is nothing short of stellar The story, which you can read about for yourself on the book jacket, is by turns sweet and f [...]

    17. Trang Tran (Bookidote) says:
      4.3 I don t understand why this book has so many 1 star because it talks about child abuse and rape Why would you condemn a book to such a grade just because it doesn t talk about happy fairytales The character development in this one is one of the best I ve read so far I love books that have made an impact on me This one surely did This book was a wonderful psychological thriller road Nothing like The Night Circus AT ALL IT IS DARK AND TWISTED Wonderfully plotted Full review to come Trang Tran

    18. Niki says:
      Pierrot and Rose sank a little bit into the carpet, which was covered in a pattern of pink and blue flowers They stood there looking at their feet, wondering if the ground would continue to swallow them up It did not.4 stars, maybe even 5 in the future We ll see Normally I wait a few days between finishing a book and writing a review, but with this one, which I finished yesterday, I think I want to gush a bit.First off before reading my review, please check out Hannah s , which is the one that g [...]

    19. Allison ༻hikes the bookwoods༺ says:
      Is this story a comedy or tragedy This is a question alluded to within the novel and ultimately what the reader wants to know Will Pierrot and Rose find their happy ending I ve heard this book compared to The Night Circus, but no, I just can t agree on that It has a magical tone, but Heather O Neill s story is much raw, with a lot of drugs and sex, which she seems to write about often.

    20. Leah Angstman says:
      It s not often that I read a 400 page book in 2 days I could not put this book down, even though it ultimately broke my heart and left me a little maddened The world of this book is incredible, and the characters are unforgettable I might not recover from the dreamy wounds inflicted by this story for quite some time.

    21. Jessica says:
      Update Just googled the name Pierrot to see if I was saying it correctly and oh my god, another dimension is added to the book This will make no sense unless you have also read the book and then googled the origins of the name, but bloody hell I love Heather O Neill Review also on my very sporadic blog jessicantread.wordpress 2If A Series of Unfortunate Events and Geek Love had a baby, then raised it on a combination of smack and La La Land , this book is the result The Lonely Hearts Hotel intro [...]

    22. Dayle (the literary llama) says:
      IRATING 3.5 starsa little up and down, but there is some gorgeous writing that probably deserve an even higher rating.FAVORITE QUOTE S Sometimes I include a favorite quote or passage in these reviews In this case there were several truly memorable ones and I decided to share a few All I want, Pierrot, is for you to be happy I can t make myself happy Nobody can really make themselves happy But they can make other people happy Most of us hide away when we are sad, Rose thought But performers were [...]

    23. Jennifer says:
      This book completely enchanted me I don t think the cover or the title give you a good idea of what this is going to be like whimsical, blunt, both polished and untidy and most of all, wondrous It s a tale of orphans, clowns, gangsters, and prostitutes that has the feel both of gritty, Depression era Montreal and of a timeless fairy tale Emphatically recommended

    24. Marjorie says:
      This story takes place in 1914 Rose and Pierrot are the children of poor, unwed teenagers and both end up at the same orphanage when they re abandoned by their mothers A strong bond develops between these two children as they face their loveless days with the nuns The nuns are determined to keep Rose and Pierrot apart and to thwart their love and happiness in any way they can But this is a love that can t be beat down, even when Pierrot is sent to live with a wealthy man and Rose is sent to work [...]

    25. Coleen (The Book Ramblings) says:
      Women s Prize for Fiction Nominee for Longlist 2017 , The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O Neill is about two gifted orphans who travel around the city performing artistic routines but are separated as teenagers and sent to work as servants during the Great Depression The story follows their lives until they finally reunite and set out to accomplish their childhood dream the most extraordinary and seductive circus show the world has ever seen.I did not expect my first book of 2018 to have me fee [...]

    26. Eric Anderson says:
      It s been a long time since I ve felt as conflicted about a novel as I am about The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O Neill This is a book which arrestingly portrays the brutal abuse of women and orphans with the fantastical touch of a fairy tale It creatively shows how children s imaginations can colour their world as a defence against the horrors of their reality The narrative is strewn with fascinating concepts and imagery that made me frequently pause to think about their meaning Yet, as comp [...]

    27. Andrea says:
      Get ready for a gush fest I adore Heather O Neill and whenever I get the pleasure of immersing myself in one of her books, I feel like the world is a better place for a short while THE LONELY HEARTS HOTEL tells the story of Pierrot and Rose, two orphans who fall in love at their orphanage They become separated as teenagers and much of the book covers their trials before they eventually reunite I don t feel like I can write a synopsis that does justice to the magic O Neill weaves telling this sto [...]

    28. Taryn Pierson says:
      I told myself if a pregnancy ended in miscarriage a third time, I could quit reading Three pages later, I quit reading.

    29. Jennifer says:
      okay gosh it s going to be hard to write a proper review of this novel i finished it yesterday but my thoughts are still flailing about apologies if what follows is a hot rambling mess i do have one tiny yeah but and i am getting it out the way upfront so i can move on to the positive o neill s use of similes is vast so many similes often, they are exquisitely perfect but i felt overwhelmed at moments simply from the sheer volume of them i think i get that this was a very conscious choice, and t [...]

    30. Diane says:
      When a book review or advertisement for a book tells you it s for fans of another book that was popular, be afraid It s a marketing tool that is very rarely true The Lonely Hearts Hotel is compared to The Night Circus, a fantasy tale from a few years ago It is not like that book It is much darker and graphic in part Don t expect the two to be anything alike, not even echoes of The Night Circus The only thing they might have remotely in common is clowns.The Lonely Hearts Hotel starts off straigh [...]

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