House of Leaves- Mark Z. Danielewski
I suppose this is what happens when you read too much into form. This could be taken as a novel exemplifying form over function, though it could easily be argued that the book derives much of it’s function from its form. Danielewski seems to be quite the student of the post-modern school with his careful attention to the meaning, shape, and function of language itself. I’m not sure if I care so much for his endless experimentation with the physical layout of the words on page but the man can craft a story. The way he weaves intertwining narratives around what is essentially a critical piece creates a story that is not only complex, but beautifully original. Its surface of a distinctly creepy horror story reveals a deep understanding of what it is to be human, what it is to love, and what it means to live. I had a great amount of fun with this novel, it kept me hooked from the beginning. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who doesn’t enjoy complex narratives and following multiple story lines at once. Overall I would say this is a very enjoyable book.
(I rate on a binary scale, one is read, zero is don’t read)