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House Of Leaves (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) - Mark Z. Danielewski
House Of Leaves (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
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I still get nightmares. In fact I get them so often I should be used to them by now. I'm not. No one ever really gets used to nightmares. Mark Z. Danielewski's first novel House of Leaves is a multi-layered fiction--part horror-story, part philosophical meditation, and mostly very good... show more
I still get nightmares. In fact I get them so often I should be used to them by now. I'm not. No one ever really gets used to nightmares. Mark Z. Danielewski's first novel House of Leaves is a multi-layered fiction--part horror-story, part philosophical meditation, and mostly very good storytelling. The Navidson family move into a house in Ash Tree Lane. Will Navidson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, decides to document his family's domestic acclimatisation in a film, The Navidson Record, but it soon becomes apparent that something is very wrong with the house, and the film becomes a document of the growing disorientation and terror of the occupants. Later, a blind old man, Zampano, writes about this film: at his death, his papers are in disarray, and the strange narrative and commentary are reconstructed by Johnny Truant, a young LA slacker working part-time in a tattoo parlour. Try as he might, though, Truant can find no record that the film ever existed, but the unaccountable fear begins to haunt him too. Ever see yourself doing something in the past and no matter how many times you remember it you still want to scream stop, somehow redirect the present, reorder the action?Danielewski builds, around the armature of the central horror fiction, a complex and involving portrait of three very different characters: Truant's hedonistic trawls through LA are counterpointed by Zampano's intellectual obsessiveness and by the disintegration of Navidson's "cosy little outpost." What is common to all three is a concern for the elusive nature of truth and experience, and the fragility of the deepest human needs for security and family.A first, casual glance through the book might initially be intimidating, for Danielewski uses an arsenal of post-modern and avant-garde techniques, from multiple typefaces, footnotes and collage to the insertion of photographs, sketches, a page of Braille, and even an index--these are introduced gradually, however, and used almost cinematically to slow down or speed up the reading experience. The use of devices like these is not new of course, but, akin to writers such as David Foster Wallace and Jeff Noon, Danielewski freely unites avant-garde and popular art forms, finding new ways to explore what is, at heart, a deep interest in the addictive properties of narrative. Elsewhere, House of Leaves has already been compared to the film The Blair Witch Project for its mix of pseudo-documentary and genre horror: such comparisons draw attention to the way in which many young writers and film-makers are reinventing tired and formulaic genre traditions.The book begins "This is not for you": a warning most readers would do well to ignore, for House of Leaves, despite its occasional stylistic overload, is a book that is near impossible to stop reading. --Burhan Tufail.
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Format: Library
ISBN: 9781417709045 (1417709049)
Publisher: Turtleback
Pages no: 736
Edition language: English
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Jessica's Book Thoughts
Jessica's Book Thoughts rated it
4.5 House of Leaves
This sort of reminds of what my writing journal looks like. I start a story, then another, then continue, then add a box to add something witty I thought of. At first glance this looks like a jumbled mess written by someone off their meds, but it's good. It takes a lot of concentration. Though, no...
K.H. Leigh's Blogstravaganza
K.H. Leigh's Blogstravaganza rated it
4.0 House of Leaves
I just finished this book moments ago, and it may be one I have to separate myself from for a while before I can articulate any of my thoughts and feelings about it. But I will say this: this definitely ranks as one of the most fascinating, creative, mind-bending and thought-provoking books I will n...
Char's Horror Corner
Char's Horror Corner rated it
5.0 House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski
House of Leaves is an experience. I've decided not to go into the plot, because it, (they?) really can't be fully explained in such a limited venue as a book review. Depending on how you look at it, there could actually be 5 different plots going on, perhaps more, and again: limited venue. After m...
Char's Horror Corner
Char's Horror Corner rated it
5.0 House of Leaves-Food For Thought
I finally finished this book last night after staying up pretty late. Problem being that after the narrative is finished there's about 200 pages of additional material which I'll probably be sorting through for days. I'm going to need some time to mull things over-there's just so much going on in th...
Obsidian Blue
Obsidian Blue rated it
4.0 House of Leaves
So here is the thing readers, this is the first time ever I am going to say, do not buy this in e-book format. I am still mad days later that Barnes and Noble does not allow you to return purchased Nook books that have been opened/downloaded. I had several comments about the book they sold not actua...
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