A house that is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. We’ve all heard of some version of this; however, a house that changes its size on the inside, creates corridors and blocks exits, and is more akin to a labyrinth than a house; now you have my attention. This is only part of Danielewski’s brain child House of Leaves.
Inside this tome you will uncover the mysteries of the new property purchased by the Navidsons, follow the daily life of Johnny Traunt, and hear desperate pleas from Johnny’s mother through the Whalestoe Letters.
Danielewski’s writing style is elegant, complex, and deliberate in a provocative way I had never encountered before as he twists the concepts of text to reflect different mediums. The typeface in and of itself is a depiction of what is happening in the book. This is a common thread that connects much of his larger work.
If you enjoy books that challenge not only literary conventions but also challenge their readers to immerse themselves fully in them, then think of picking this book up. Be forewarned this book is not a light read but rather a beautiful experience in and of itself.
Wind through the complex maze that is this book as the Navidsons wind themselves through their new house.
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