House of LeavesMark Z. Danielewski
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|publish date||Mar 7, 2000|
|popularity||checked out 16 time(s)|
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Holy shit this book is crazy scary. It’s very meta- it’s supposed to be the manuscript that some guy finds and starts notating and transcribing, and he writes all of these footnotes and tells his story and goes crazy. Also there are “the editors” who make notes, too. The main story is of this haunted house, and it’s so eerie and OH MY GOODNESS THIS BOOK AHHHHH read this oh man.
House of Leaves totally fucked with my brain and even pierced my dreams in the weeks after I finished reading it, yet I’ve heard that Danielewski himself calls it a love story. It’s interestingly formatted–the author (character, not really the author) finds an old man’s manuscript, which is an analysis of a film that was never made (or was it?!). The film opens with Navidson finding that his house is larger on the inside than it is on the outside by 3/4 of an inch, and eventually he and a team get lost inside of the house during an exploration, but there’s more to it than that. With increasingly frantic notes from the author in the margins, this book itself is a labyrinth to be explored.