Keyword(s): Literary fiction
Dates read: November 03-25, 2001, Rating:
House of Leaves is a complex, convoluted, and ultimately unsatisfying post-modern horror novel. The premise is interesting: at the core of the novel is a house in Virginia that is larger inside than outside. The story is told at several levels, and by several narrators simultaneously, with each narrator offering commentary on the next. The book is suffused with footnotes and obscure scholarship, and though the puzzle has interesting pieces, it never quite comes together to form a coherent picture. I did not find it to be scary in any sense, although some elements are disturbing.