House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski (2000-03-31) Paperback – 1800
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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.
Actually I felt that this worked, but I also found this was quite a hard work book to read and much thicker than expected – for some reason I thought it would be a slim volume. That’s not a bad thing, just worth noting you probably have to be in the mood to read this not if you are looking for a light read.
Part academic paper, part horror story, multilayered description of escalating madness. Lots of footnotes! House of leaves is strange, highly addictive and slowly creepy. This is a book that sticks with you and I’m glad I read it.
My recommendation Read it. You might hate it or not get it. But it’s worth the risk.
I had 2 questions while reading it, and the 2nd still remains. I'd be most grateful if some reader answers it the way they understood the story:
Was Zampano born blind and made it all up for the sheer hell of it? (after all, Johnny found that neither Navidson records nor any academic work mentioned actually exist) If Zampano wasn't blind from birth, and actually saw the film, did no reader think it's odd that the book doesn't mention how he lost his eyesight?
Have I missed anything? I read it last summer and might not remember it that well.
There are moments of such creepy unease which lift it to another level.
The book doesn't hold your hand, it leaves you to wander the vast open spaces, descend the spiral staircase and the Great-Hall alone. You decide where Truant, Zampano and the Navidsons reside and then the darkness shifts again.
It's a staggering concept but I'm not sure I can give it the full 5 stars because there were segments I skipped.
For me the academic rationale was too wordy and detracted from the story. The footnotes were okay but again, for me, a little overdone.
All the same - Bravo!
I would recommend always checking to see that the title includes 'full colour edition' to avoid disappointment. If you're not fussed about the detail, then this is a perfectly fine version to get if the others run out of stock; but ideally, search for the full colour, or 2-colour versions online for the full experience.