The Lonely Hearts Hotel

The Lonely Hearts Hotel

Large Print - 2017
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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 hit New York, commanding the stage as well as the alleys, and neither the theater nor the underworld will ever look the same.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2017
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781432838904
1432838903
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: large print.,rda
611 pages ; 23 cm

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This historical romance is set in Montreal and New York between the wars and tells the tale of two orphans and their star-crossed romance.

This historical romance is set in Montreal and New York between the wars and tells the tale of two orphans and their star-crossed romance.

This historical romance is set in Montreal and New York between the wars and tells the tale of two orphans and their star-crossed romance.

This historical romance is set in Montreal and New York between the wars and tells the tale of two orphans and their star-crossed romance.

This is a captivating love story about two orphans in Montreal in the 1920’s. This novel is so beautiful and heartbreaking, Heather O’Neill truly creates art with her novels. I couldn’t put it down!


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KatG1983
Jul 04, 2018

I am someone who will typically finish reading a book this length in 2-4 days, depending on how interested I am in the plot. It took me the entire 3 weeks of my library borrowing period to force myself to get through this one. It's not that it's badly written, as much as I just did not care about the characters, at all, nor did I find the story itself compelling. I'd give it a great big 'skip it'.

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doxland
Jan 20, 2018

Stupid Book.
Bizarre. Quit half way through.
Might be burnable.
Don't recommend it to a friend.

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Margush
Jul 01, 2017

Drugs, prostitution, abusive relationships and someone's strong will to get out of that nightmare.This is Heather O'Neill's second book based on these topics. I have no idea how she's able to be so descriptive and precise in providing all those amusing details pertaining to those very, very sad matters. But she's quite amazing in doing that. Her writing style is exquisite and full of light erotica. I did skip a part in the middle of the book where two characters were trying to find each other - it was a bit longer than it should be, and I also found the end a bit messy - to organize a circus to transport drugs and then to dissolve it? If you're okay to do some mental work while reading a book, give it a try. Ms. O'Neill's books are quite unusual. You'll remember them.

X4052010709 Jun 28, 2017

I loved this book and have just finished Lullabies for Little Criminals. I find her writing style almost lyrical and enjoyed both books immensely. I have never read anything like The Lonely Hearts Hotel, and I believe it will be at the top of my list of favourites for a very long time to come. Cannot recommend this book highly enough. 5 stars from me!

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dirtbag
Jun 10, 2017

I quit when I was three quarters of the way through the book. I just never cared what happened to the two protagonists and there didn't seem to be any plot development. If you haven't read a book by this woman, read 'Lullabies for Little Criminals' instead.

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laphampeak
Mar 31, 2017

Quite imaginative, the characters as well as the story.Two little orphans growing up and apart yet always intertwined. The book is quirky, sad, creative, and naughty. Great read.

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karen3515
Mar 25, 2017

Set in depression-era Montreal, this deeply dark and disturbing fairly tale is woven with unforgettable characters and richly graphic metaphors. Incredibly well written, but definitely not for the faint of heart.

SPL_Shauna Mar 23, 2017

If you loved the setting of Water for Elephants, and you're looking for another high-drama read, this may be the book for you. O'Neill's prose is more stylized, which some may love and some may not. If you can work with her prose style, the setting is rich, the story is top notch and the ending is unreal. Highly recommended.

Amy_MarkhamPL Mar 05, 2017

No one writes like Heather O'Neill- her descriptions are unexpected, strange, and magical. I loved every last moment of this completely bonkers novel. It's just endlessly inventive and joyful, even when it's sad.

KateHillier Feb 27, 2017

It started out strong for me. Quirky kids in depressing circumstances and then thriving in unexpected ways in spite of them. It lulled in the middle as the inevitability of certain things happened but once they did is when things got interesting again. I was really taken with the direction that Rose's character took considering it may be easier to do something with Pierrot. Once again O'Neill's way with words is spot on though.

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