House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski – Book Review

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Where to begin? Even the basic premise of this book is fairly complicated to describe – it starts with a man named Johnny Truant, who is slowly going insane, finding the notes of an old man who has now died. The old man was writing a critical analysis of a documentary that doesn’t exist, which follows the lives of Will Navidson (a documentary film-maker) and his family as they move into a new house. Fairly soon after moving in, they discover that their house is bigger on the inside then on the outside. Now, this may not be the stuff of witches and demons, but its sheer physical impossibility coupled with a lack of any more obvious “evil” is equally if not more disturbing.

The style of the book itself is definitely (and practically the definition of) postmodern, with some pages listing a succession of singular or few words and…

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