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House of Leaves

Danielewski, Mark Z.

Book - 2000
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
House of Leaves

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2000
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 0375703764
Branch Call Number: 813.54
Characteristics: xxiii, 709 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Zampano.


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A family relocates to a small house on Ash Tree Lane and discovers that the inside of their new home seems to be without boundaries.

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Nov 17, 2014
  • Persnickety77 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Crazy. Scary. Intense. Weird. Amazing. This book is hard to read, but totally worth it.

Mar 21, 2014

After reading the sum and total of this book, I came to the conclusion that the narrator was in fact drunk most of the time. Not a book I would recommend to any of my friends. Sorry

Feb 13, 2014
  • nmleytem rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The description for this book is completely wrong. I'm currently reading it and I'm loving it so far.

Feb 07, 2014
  • fullhousewilson rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent book. Danielewski weaves the reader is woven throughout the book (literally) echoing the intertwined nature of the stories presented. Have several bookmarks handy! Half the tale is expressed in footnotes. If you enjoy spontaneous conversation with interesting strangers, read the book in public places. I did, by chance, and was approached by people who've read or were reading (around time of release), making new friends in the process. Sharing our appreciation and understanding of this book revealed influences and references of which the other missed or was ignorant. Danielewski's sister, musician Poe (Annie Danielewski), references the book in song "Hey Pretty".

Nov 11, 2013

I`d love to read this book. Steve says it`s great!

Apr 18, 2013
  • nshlega rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Unbelievably great. Absolutely unique. No book like this is in existence. If you want to read something unforgettable, that is your choice. Horror, love, satire, philosophy, humour - all of that in perfect proportions are mixed beautifully here. IMHO, MUST read.

Jan 01, 2013
  • horizontal8 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What an incredible book! House of Leaves revels in it's own ironies and re-imagines any preconceived ideas of what a novel should be. I've seen this book touted as Horror Fiction, and personally I'd have to disagree. Possibly a ghost story, but ultimately much more. The footnotes are overwhelming. The tri-fold story structure and artistic liberties in textual presentation, the mounds of information and disinformation, are disorienting and compelling and necessary. And if not necessary at least creative as hell. House of Leaves is a house of mirrors navigated by candlelight, a love story smuggled in questionable straitjackets, a meditation on the concepts of obsession, reality, and introspection; and an entirely worthwhile journey.

Nov 18, 2012
  • elderone rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book is alright, I suppose. The main story line is interesting, however, I keep finding myself skipping pages of footnotes contains references to non-existent magazine and newspaper articles.If that weren't bad enough, the narrator keeps talking about certain current events that nobody even cares about. I'll admit though, this is an interesting read and I'd highly recommend reading this book to any of my buddies.

Apr 04, 2012

NPR did a short piece on this and 2 others 4/12

Sep 23, 2011
  • Anarchivist rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

House of Leaves is an unusual book for a number of reasons.
First, the actual story of the book, about the Navidson family's house, is told as an academic review of the film made by the family about their house. This two-steps-removed approach is peculiar, and sometimes I felt that it insulated me from the impact of the actual story.
Second, there is another story being told simultaneously in the footnotes. To be honest, I felt that Johnny Truant's autobiographical tale really detracted from the story of the house, although it did add a menacing element.
Third, the page layout. This was by far my favorite 'feature' of House of Leaves. The endless footnotes; the sideways, upside down, and even backwards text; the use of white space to control pacing; all of these elements added up to an emotional involvement with parts of the story that is hard to ignore. Although it struck me as a little gimmicky, it was certainly effective.
Give House of Leaves a try - it's not like other books.

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