House of Leaves
|Author:||Mark Z. Danielewski|
""While enthusiasts and detractors will continue to empty entire dictionaries attempting to describe or deride it, "authenticity" still remains the word most likely to stir..." "
Rowan writes: If you want your child to grow up to be a cult underground author, give them Z as a middle initial - the rest will take care of itself. Danielewski's deeply disquieting experimental work tells the story of a house which is somehow bigger inside than it should be, and the fate of the family who find themselves lost, both literally and figuratively, in its confines. The tale is contained within not one, but two framing stories, as the reader descends into intricate reams of footnotes, streams of consciousness and textual play not only with narrative, but with print itself. Echoing Lovecraft and Borges, and running the gamut from academic formalism to grungy realism, House of Leaves sucks the reader into a labyrinth which is equally intricate, and compelling.