House of Leaves
Books | Fiction / Horror
Mark Z. Danielewski
THE MIND-BENDING CULT CLASSIC ABOUT A HOUSE THAT’S LARGER ON THE INSIDE THAN ON THE OUTSIDE • A masterpiece of horror and an astonishingly immersive, maze-like reading experience that redefines the boundaries of a novel.''Simultaneously reads like a thriller and like a strange, dreamlike excursion into the subconscious." —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times "Thrillingly alive, sublimely creepy, distressingly scary, breathtakingly intelligent—it renders most other fiction meaningless." —Bret Easton Ellis, bestselling author of American Psycho “This demonically brilliant book is impossible to ignore.” —Jonathan Lethem, award-winning author of Motherless Brooklyn Years ago, when House of Leaves was first being passed around, it was nothing more than a badly bundled heap of paper, parts of which would occasionally surface on the Internet. No one could have anticipated the small but devoted following this terrifying story would soon command. Starting with an odd assortment of marginalized youth—musicians, tattoo artists, programmers, strippers, environmentalists, and adrenaline junkies—the book eventually made its way into the hands of older generations, who not only found themselves in those strangely arranged pages but also discovered a way back into the lives of their estranged children.Now made available in book form, complete with the original colored words, vertical footnotes, and second and third appendices, the story remains unchanged. Similarly, the cultural fascination with House of Leaves remains as fervent and as imaginative as ever. The novel has gone on to inspire doctorate-level courses and masters theses, cultural phenomena like the online urban legend of “the backrooms,” and incredible works of art in entirely unrealted mediums from music to video games. Neither Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Will Navidson nor his companion Karen Green was prepared to face the consequences of the impossibility of their new home, until the day their two little children wandered off and their voices eerily began to return another story—of creature darkness, of an ever-growing abyss behind a closet door, and of that unholy growl which soon enough would tear through their walls and consume all their dreams.
Mark Z. Danielewski
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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"This is certainly a unique book, and reading it was an experience and I’m glad I finally read it. I can imagine when I was younger, had I read the book when it came out and I bought it right away, I would have thought it’s complexity so intriguing and it would have blown my mind, but having read it within the last 5 years with lots more life lived and books/media/life consumed it felt much more like an endurance test for the reader, a giant trophy for the author for getting through such a feat of writing this and constructing it really very well, and troll of a book. I finished the book wondering if it was meant to be satire about art and literature and academia. Maybe its meaning coming from its complexity rather than its content. "
"This book was so frustrating to be I wanted to tear it in half. Never has a book gone so quickly into the donation pile."
"Confusing at times"
"This book is best described how my friend who suggested I read it described it to me: "I think it's a book, because it has a cover with pages of words between it, but after I read it, I'm not sure that it's a book." House of Leaves is one of the most fascinating books (?) I have ever read. At its core is a thoroughly cited analysis of a fictional film, drawing from so many sources, both real and fictional, that attempting to keep track of all of them will drive you to the same sort of madness that afflicts the author of the report itself. Within this cavalcade of footnotes is the story of the man who discovered the manuscript in the apartment of its deceased author, which details his own descent into madness as he attempts to piece the manuscript together into a novel. These stories are further mediated to the reader by another character, who himself published the work, and interjects from time to time. This description does not even begin to do justice to the experience of reading House of Leaves (though one can do a quick Google search of some of the pages to get more of the idea), but will suffice as an introduction. The book is a fascinating deconstruction of the novel and will leave your head spinningand heart broken in two by the end. I can't recommend this book (?) enough"