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House of Leaves Library Binding – 7 Mar 2000

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Product details

  • Library Binding: 709 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books; School & Library ed. edition (7 Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1417709049
  • ISBN-13: 978-1417709045
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 4.1 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 600,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review

"Any hope or fear that the experimental novel was an aberration of the twentieth century is dashed by the appearance of Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves, the first major experimental novel of the new millennium. And it's a monster. Dazzling."
--The Washington Post Book World

"An intricate, erudite, and deeply frightening book."
--The Wall Street Journal

"A great novel. A phenomenal debut. Thrillingly alive, sublimely creepy, distressingly scary, breathtakingly intelligent--it renders most other fiction meaningless. One can imagine Thomas Pynchon, J. G. Ballard, Stephen King, and David Foster Wallace bowing at Danielewski's feet, choking with astonishment, surprise, laughter, awe."
--Bret Easton Ellis

"[Its] chills spark vertigo, its erudition brings on dislocating giddiness . . . House of Leaves is dizzying in every respect."
--Entertainment Weekly

"Stunning . . . What could have been a perfectly entertaining bit of literary
horror is instead an assault on the nature of story."
--Spin

"This demonically brilliant book is impossible to ignore, put down, or persuasively conclude reading. In fact, when you purchase your copy you may reach a certain page and find me there, reduced in size like Vincent Price in The Fly, still trapped in the web of its malicious, beautiful pages."
--Jonathan Lethem, author of Motherless Brooklyn

"[A] tour de force first novel. [It] can keep you up at nights and make you never look at a closet in quite the same way again . . . Staggeringly good fun."
--Chicago Sun-Times

"A novelistic mosaic that simultaneously reads like a thriller and like a strange, dreamlike excursion into the subconscious."
--The New York Times

"If you can imagine that Peter Pan's enemy is not Captain Hook but Neverland itself, or that the whale that swallows Jonah is Moby-Dick, you'll begin to appreciate what this book is about. Anticipate it with dread, seize, and understand. A riveting reading experience."
--Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

"Grabs hold and won't let go . . . The reader races through the pages exactly as her mind races to find out what happens next."
--The Village Voice

"Like Melville's Moby-Dick, Joyce's Ulysses, and Nabokov's Pale Fire, Danielewski's House of Leaves is a grandly ambitious multi-layered work that simply knocks your socks off with its vast scope, erudition, formal inventiveness, and sheer storytelling skills." --San Diego Union-Tribune --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The cult classic. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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I think this is a great book. It was challenging but rewarding to read. Make sure to buy it in paper version to enjoy the way the text wraps around itself with footnotes becoming a story of their own.

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.
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The most unusual book I've read. Comprising hundreds of pages in a multitude of different type faces and display styles ranging from a single word to complex layouts. Irritating, distracting, impossible to get into and absolutely brilliant. I loved 'House of Leaves' and I loved it precisely because all of the above made it unique. The basic idea is quite simple; man finds old manuscript belonging to a recluse and working through the journal takes the reader to a point where they have to decide whether the recluse had indeed arrived at the border of another realm, possibly hell, or was he totally insane - both of which might amount to the same thing!. There are multiple layers of story here from the central idea of human love through to moments of hallucination and absolute blackness. I had no idea which direction I'd be taking next. The most frustrating, deeply dark and disturbing book I've read and certainly one I'll remember.
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An excellent book!. This has earned its place as a firm favourite.
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Awesome book, very inventive, though a pain to read
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Bizarre but intriguing. Not an easy read but unforgettable.
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Good condition thanks
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Wow, what a book.

The introduction on this book starts with describing Zampino's appartment and his writing and how he was found. It continues talking about the Navidson record, which is a movie Zampino talked about in his notes. The footnotes are Johnny Truant's work, adding about his life as he is putting together Zampino's notes on the Navidson record. It seems a little confusing as you first start reading, but makes sense as you go along. The Navidson record is pretty creepy in places too.

It is about a guy called Navison and a few other peoples trips inside the never ending hallway within the house. It's kind of creepy, being lost inside a house, all the psychological torment it causes to the people who enter it. The way it is written as you are reading about the house is kind of odd, but in a good way. The words themselves, are not creepy, it's the way it's put onto the page, it makes your heart race. It may look confusing at first, as you flick through the page, but isn't too bad and sometimes, when it is confusing, the confusion adds to the book in a good way. Makes you feel how they feel as they are in the house. I think the pages with sometimes as little as one letter on a page actually were some of the best parts of the novel itself. It was those that helped build up the suspense and it was done with such great skill that it left me needing to stop and catch my breath at the end, my heart was in my mouth at these times in particular.

The first point I really started getting into the book was on page 26, they way Mark z. Danielewski writes it is amazing. It really made my skin crawl, my eyes water, my hair to stand on end and my breath to quicken. I felt at that moment that I was there, that it was happening to me.
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By Dr. Michael Heron TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Sept. 2008
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I'm not sure what I can say about this tremendous novel that hasn't already been said. It's genuinely chilling despite nothing much actually happening - the interweaving layers of commentary, analysis and gradual descent in madness are executed beautifully, with even the layout of the book itself becoming part of the tale.

It's not an easy read - dense and thickly annotated with a vast number of real and invented references, and a Byzantine, tightly interlinked series of footnotes and appendices. All of this is part of the execution though for the book is only part novel... it's also part code and part puzzle. There are hidden messages and secrets contained throughout the text, some of which are comical and others which hint at darker truths and revelations. Indeed, like the two protagonists in the book, you could easily go mad trying to dissect the winding and twisted passages within.

I can't recommend this book highly enough.
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