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5.0 out of 5 stars
Stunning, 28 Aug. 2004
An absolute must-read! Don't be put off by the bizarre typography because once you start you won't be able to put it down and ignore all the detractors who acuse Danielewski of pretentiousness and don't acknowledge the irony and satire. This is a brilliant, erudite and fiercely intelligent book written by someone who knew exactly what he was doing. Neither is it simply a horror story (although I found it genuinely very frightening) but a book that can be interpreted on a multitude of different levels. It is at once a self-parodic exercise in postmodern theory, an ultimately moving love story, a biting stire of academic criticism and a story of damaged individuals journrying into their own 'heart of darkness'. Really its uncategoriseable but could be best described as a cross between The Blair Witch Project,Tristram Shandy and Alice In Wonderland. Touching, funny, intelligent and very scary.