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Document Typology: Book
Methodology addressed by the publication:Narrative medicine
Title of document: House of leaves
Name of author(s): Mark Z. Danielewski
Name of publisher: Pantheon books
Language of the publication: English
Language of the review: English

House of Leaves is a dizzying tale of disorientation, adventure and the unfamiliar. It delves into the public psyche of our wants and our fears and it doesn't shy away from any topic, no matter how taboo, disturbing, or shocking. On the one hand, it's an honest portrayal of a young man losing his mind. On the other, it's the fascinating horror story of the physically impossible, the uncanny, the unknown and the sheer vastness of our universe. Still more, there is a romantic side to the novel, the ties between Karen and Will, and indeed even between Johnny and Kyrie and whatever other girl Johnny happens to stumble upon on his twisted journey.
Reviewer's comments on the document:
It's difficult to describe House of Leaves because it is so many things at once.We review it as a psychological one ,even to simplify it into just two plots isn't really doing it justice.But what House of Leaves is most famous for, probably, is the carnival-fun-house way it's written. Footnotes go on for pages, some text is upside down, some text is mirrored or runs up and down the page, some text is in another language. Some find it difficult to digest, others delight in the maze-like way the novel is written. I, for one, think it's genius.While some have attempted to describe the book as a horror story, many readers as well as the author would define the book as a love story. Danielewski expands on this point in an interview: "I had one woman come up to me in a bookstore and say, 'You know, everyone told me it was a horror book, but when I finished it, I realized that it was a love story.' And she's absolutely right. In some ways, genre is a marketing tool."
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