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Discussing Mark Z Danielewski's House of Leaves

  • Sep 23, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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A mystery novel with a labyrinth right in the middle of its 700 pages, perhaps the most useful way of describing the book as you first encounter it is as the publisher tried to:

"Years ago, when House of Leaves was first being passed around, it was nothing more than a badly bundled heap of paper, parts of which would occasionally surface on the Internet. No one could have anticipated the small but devoted following this terrifying story would soon command. Starting with an odd assortment of marginalized youth -- musicians, tattoo artists, programmers, strippers, environmentalists, and adrenaline junkies -- the book eventually made its way into the hands of older generations, who not only found themselves in those strangely arranged pages but also discovered a way back into the lives of their estranged children.

"Now, for the first time, this astonishing novel is made available in book form, complete with the original colored words, vertical footnotes, and newly added second and third appendices.

"The story remains unchanged, focusing on a young family that moves into a small home on Ash Tree Lane where they discover something is terribly wrong: their house is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.

"Of course, neither Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Will Navidson nor his companion Karen Green was prepared to face the consequences of that impossibility, until the day their two little children wandered off and their voices eerily began to return another story -- of creature darkness, of an ever-growing abyss behind a closet door, and of that unholy growl which soon enough would tear through their walls and consume all their dreams. "

Some of the above, however, may not be true.

Come join us, and leave plenty of time to read this spiral staircase of a book in advance.

Currently your least expensive seller of the book is right here!

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  • Sade s.

    Oh dear,so so Sorry i cant make this after all, such a shame, have a good time guys.

    1 · September 23, 2014

  • ANA R.

    My life still upside down, recently moved and still loads of boxing and transporting to do, only in the first third of the book read, but really fascinating so far. I hope I hope the measures of my new accommodation are the same outside and inside. Scary!!!

    1 · September 22, 2014

    • Richard I.

      I hope so too! Wonder what you'd do if they weren't?! Best hide the tape measure, sometimes it's better not to know...! Hope you get settled soon.

      September 23, 2014

  • Richard I.

    To the best of my knowledge, the most famous Zampanò in art is the lead character in Frederico Fellini's La Strada. Zampanò is a mysterious, semi-primitive character, an itinerant, low-rent, rather pathetic entertainer, who cherishes his lonely, misanthropic existence, but eventually mourns the loss of his female companion. There must be some significance to Danielewski's choice to give his mysterious "writer" this pen name. Thoughts?

    August 31, 2014

  • ANA R.

    my life has been upside down for a while. so I have not been able to read as much as I would like , hope this time i reach you on time
    this book looks so worth it

    1 · August 29, 2014

  • Richard I.

    For those intrigued by some of the references in the book, I recommend Edgar Allen Poe’s short story The Fall Of The House Of Usher: http://www.online-literature.com/poe/31/

    "The room in which I found myself was very large and lofty. The windows were long, narrow, and pointed, and at so vast a distance from the black oaken floor as to be altogether inaccessible from within. Feeble gleams of encrimsoned light made their way through the trellissed panes, and served to render sufficiently distinct the more prominent objects around ; the eye, however, struggled in vain to reach the remoter angles of the chamber, or the recesses of the vaulted and fretted ceiling. Dark draperies hung upon the walls. The general furniture was profuse, comfortless, antique, and tattered. Many books and musical instruments lay scattered about, but failed to give any vitality to the scene. I felt that I breathed an atmosphere of sorrow. An air of stern, deep, and irredeemable gloom hung over and pervaded all."

    1 · August 24, 2014

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