House of Leaves Danielewski, Mark Z ( Author ) Mar-07-2000 Paperback Paperback – 7 Mar 2000
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The book sets off with photographer Will 'Navy' Navidson moving his family into their new Virginia home. It is seen by them as a fresh start - and an opportunity to repair a previously rocky marriage. To document this transition, Navy installs motion detecting HI-8 cameras throughout the house. The mystery begins when Navy realises, when working on the house one day, that the outside of the house measures just under an inch more than the inside of the house. Unable to find a reasonable excuse for this anomaly he gets hold of some buddies to come in and help out, expecting one of them to be able to explain it all away. However the solution remains out of their reach, and soon enough a black, cavernous, icy hallway has appeared where before there was nothing but wall. Navy and his friends enter the hallway, which stretches to impossible lengths and sizes and is accompanied by an intermittent growl.
The main part of the book is written by an old blind man names Zampanò and is a large academic text focussing on the occurrences within the Navidson household. This text, including interviews and quotes is accompanied by reams and reams of foot notes listing academics and scholars and related texts.
Acting as ring leader to Zampanò's text is Johnny Truant. A decidedly hard to like young man from LA who found the record in the rotting apartment of Zampanò after his death.Read more ›
Without spoiling anything I can say I've never read anything like it. It's hard to tell where the narration ends and the story begins.
A word of warning though - it is a very dark book. I would not reccomend this to anyone feeling low as it I personally found it quite depressing.