[Book Review] House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

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House of Leaves is interesting. It essentially follows three narratives. One , the subject of the novel (per say) which is The Navidson Record and it’s house on Ashe Tree Lane. Two, Zampano, as the author of the the writing. Three, Johnny Truant and his stories and his time assembling the notes left by Zampano.

The amount of layering in this novel is actually quite incredible to me. The novel is definitely not easy. The main body of text is sometimes all over the place, leaving an eerie and haunting feeling. The footnotes are extensive, sometimes making you follow two narratives at the same time.

But, the effort is definitely worth it in the end.

At the heart of the tale, House of Leaves is a love story. There’s Navy and Karen, Johnny and Thumper, but it is also one that is scary. The house on Ash Tree Lane provides us with many creepy instances, brought along by the skill of the author and the text placement, at times leaving you feeling claustrophobic.

Despite taking me a long time to get through House of Leaves, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and found in the instances I was reading it, I couldn’t put it down (despite the heavy weight of the novel!). I would definitely recommend it purely based on the interesting structure of the novel.

From reading upside down to back to front, House of Leaves left me waiting to see what twists and turns followed on the next page. I loved it! Have you read House of Leaves? Let me know what you thought!

 

House of Leaves was one of our book club books for October. You can find my partial review of the novel here

[Book Review] Becoming by Michelle Obama

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Becoming is Michelle Obama’s memoir, following her life from childhood, through university, her career, and her time as FLOTUS.

Michelle Obama is a deeply motivated and skilled woman, and that sense prevails throughout the book, from the way she studied at school, then went on to study at Princeton despite her university councillor saying she wasn’t ‘Princeton material’.

Michelle Obama lets the reader into her life, and gives an in-depth look to her struggles and how she over came them.

She was truly a powerful and inspirational lady even before she became FLOTUS.

The book to me was inspiring, it made me want to do more with my life. To try and achieve more. Her writing is fluid, but also gives you a sense of her personality as a naturally fun-loving person, but also a person who loves order, which for me, is very relatable.

The effect that she’s had on women, in particular minorities over the years has been astounding. When I’d be reading the book in work, many women would stop me and ask me about the book, get excited, and tell me how much they all looked up to her.

Many young women across the globe share the same story. Michelle Obama is an inspiration to them.

I would definitely recommend this book, it’s an enjoyable read, and there’s I have learnt so much. Michelle Obama’s writing style is smooth and clear, perhaps harkening to her days in law, but this is definitely worth the time.

Have you read Becoming? Let me know what you thought!