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By A Customer
This review is from: The House of Sleep (Paperback)
This really is a perfect novel; Coe's magnum opus - a proper landmark in fiction that deserves to be read, debated, studied and held in wonder. And no - I am not an associate of the author, just a huge fan of this book. I have just finished reading it for the third time. If you are thinking about buying this book you should believe all of the reviews that mention its "unputdownability".
To reveal the details of the plot would be a crime against those who have not read this book, but suffice to say that the style is breathtakingly easy, even as it accelerates towards its disturbing and emotionally tense climax.
Coe is to be praised for his attention to detail and the web of symbolism that he creates. Even the smallest detail is revealed to have deep significances that reverberate throughout the text in a complex (but not complicated) network of cause-and-effect. The book deconstructs narratives, challenges the assumed relationship between the conscious and unconscious mind, so psychologists beware. As for everyone else, you will simply never think of sleep in the same way. As E.A. Poe said:
"Sleep... those little slices of death. How I loathe them."...