House of Leaves by Mark Danielwski

House of LeavesHouse of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

House of Leaves Review

House of Leaves is so far the most peculiar and erudite read I’ve ever had.

Full of
Chapter I
See Chapter VI

248footnotes,

a lot of “See Chapter I”,
a fucked-up for ma t XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

and so many

Chapter VI
Navidson
NavIDSON
navidson
VIDSON
karen green (???)
Tom
RESTON
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CHAD & DAISY
Johnny Truant
Traunt300
zampano
dead cats301
Johnny Zampano303

300 Typo – Ed
301 Thumper thumper thumper thumper 302
302 See footnote 248
303 Johnny is Zampano because of the checkmark and the poems and NO.

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Of course, the above examples are merely understatements to what this book can bring you.

Unlike my usual reviews, I do not wish to emphasize on the book’s elements (plot, characters, settings, etc.) but rather, I want to focus on how it affected me as a whole.

First off, I have several index cards and post-it’s and other stuff that I put effort into to justify this book (see Notes later). This was due to the thought that this book hides some secret codes or whatsoever that would further enhance my interpretation. However, I stopped short as I go deeper into texts and read without caring for interpretation or any code or anything similar.

And, as a matter of fact, there is no need of interpretation.

For me at least.

Many say that the ending of this book is so open, especially regarding Truant, but maybe they’re just putting

too
much
interpretation.

Why not base the book based on itself?

In short:
Zampano is dead.
Navidson his family survived. But they’re obviously fictional.
Johnny Truant (or whatever the hell his last name is) is a sick lunatic. Possibly bipolar. Needs medical attention. Got his traits from his mother perhaps. (He has no other mother; that’s a given).
The Navidson Record is a film.
The House is a work of fiction.

In the end, weather inside or outside the book,
House of Leaves
is a compilation of Zampano and Johnny Truant’s thoughts about The Navidson Record — a film that doesn’t even exist; possibly made up by Zampano himself. Both of them take the subject too seriously though, therefore needing to seek medical attention.

There are so many interpretations, but if you look at the book’s perspective instead of your own, then ultimately


House of Leaves
is, in the end, is on its own.

However, then again, readers build their own conclusions for that matter, and while it’s profoundly reflective and enhances critical thinking, it does not affect the book in any way whatsoever.


House of Leaves
is still
House of Leaves
.

Then again, isn’t this my own interpretation?
Isn’t this the ending I made up for myself
so that I could
resist and
withstand
the lasting
LASTING EFFECT
of

House of Leaves

?

Why not?

This lasting effect.

Let’s not forget the non-fictional author.

Well done, Danielwski. In its entirety, in its bewildering mechanisms, in its perplex notions, in its thick pages, in its striking words, in its high intellect, in its well-crafted outline, in its perspectives, in its sources, in its story, in its horror, and most especially, in its influence,
House of Leaves
is no doubt a lasting piece of literature.

(But is it just literature? Quite an understatement.)



NOTES

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