Please note: This discussion will only include talks about the book until chapter 16 as time has passed me by and I’ve not finished! 😭
House Of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski is an interesting book for me. From the narrative structure of the novel, to the way the novel is physically laid out.
The novel (up to what I have read), follows two main stories. The Navidson Record, and Johnny Truant. One part the story of a haunted house, set out written like a critical discussion of a film, the other found in the footnotes by Johnny Truant who discovered this novel.
Firstly, the novel is hard. It took me a while to figure out how I should be reading it. The footnotes are extensive and massive. Sometimes taking over whole pages. When I first picked up the book, I found it hard to keep track of what was going on in both stories, but eventually I figured myself out and managed to get a rhythm, which has lead me to where I currently sit at chapter 16.
The story is so engrossing. I’m having so much fun reading it. Up until the point I’ve gotten to, I’ve not encountered too many scares, but the novel has certainly left it’s mark on me. After one particularly heavy reading session, I had nightmares. But, for the most part, the novel is surprisingly a love story. I’m really liking the novel so far, and definitely do plan on finishing it.
The layout of the novel is so interesting. At certain points the writing is back to front, side to side. The best part of the layout for me came when Navy and the gang were at the bottom of the stairs, and all of their sections were at the very bottom of the page, but for those on top of the stairs, the writing was on the top. It’s really hard to explain, but I loved that difference so much. I might have geeked out a bit at that.
There’s so much going on, and I’m so excited to finish reading it!
What did you think? Let me know in the comments!
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