Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves

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Doubleday, Jan 1, 2000 - Experimental fiction - 709 pages
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Johnny Truant wild and troubled sometime employee in a LA tattoo parlour, finds a notebook kept by Zampano, a reclusive old man found dead in a cluttered apartment. Herein is the heavily annotated story of the Navidson Report.

Will Navidson, a photojournalist, and his family move into a new house. What happens next is recorded on videotapes and in interviews. Now the Navidsons are household names. Zampano, writing on loose sheets, stained napkins, crammed notebooks, has compiled what must be the definitive work on the events on Ash Tree Lane.

But Johnny Truant has never heard of the Navidson Record. Nor has anyone else he knows. And the more he reads about Will Navidson's house, the more frightened he becomes. Paranoia besets him. The worst part is that he can't just dismiss the notebook as the ramblings of a crazy old man. He's starting to notice things changing around him . . .

Immensely imaginative. Impossible to put down. Impossible to forget. House of Leaves is thrilling, terrifying and unlike anything you have ever read before.

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Unique layout and style of writing. - Goodreads
Crazy, hard to read, could not stop. - Goodreads
An enthralling depression/love story. - Goodreads
A sad or annoying ending is one thing. - Goodreads
Loved the premise, execution was lacking. - Goodreads
But it has a big flaw: weak characterization. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Conor Small - Goodreads

Beyond words. Demanding, exhausting, and uplifting. On par, for me, with Joyce's Ulysses. Read full review

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User Review  - Bryan - Goodreads

After my 4th attempt at reading this, I finally got through it. Interesting story. Quirky. The formatting makes it frustrating at times, but I'm glad to finally finish it. Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Mark Z. Danielewski, son of a film director who co-founded the Sundance Film Festival, grew up in Utah, is in his mid-thirties and was educated at Harvard, where he was taught by Harold Bloom. He attended the most prestigious film school in America at the University of Southern California and has written a number of screenplays. His sister, Poe, is a cult rock star in the States.

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