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Thread: What are you reading? What was the last book you enjoyed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by adgy-san View Post
    Ok, go!
    I think the book can certainly be read as being a product solely of Johnny Truant. Either he's gone mad, is being haunted, or simply purposefully creating a work of collected texts to create a story.

    What I really like about this book is that I am a big fan of 'found text' books, but those, well, at least some of the better known, aren't really postmodern in structure. For example, with something such as Henry James' The Turn of the Screw, well, we get a text from a Governess which is written in a high prose style akin to that of James own style. It’s only a different text because we are told that it is and not because it reads as such.

    With House of Leaves, the found texts do in fact feel like texts that are not all written in a literary style, but rather, a style that embodies the persona its coming from, say, the more common Truant or the more academic minded Zampano, or what have you. It does, then, create real specific integration of voices and narrative styles rather than simply having different texts pretty written in some overarching literary style that pretty much parallels the style of the actual writer.

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    I agree. It was one of the many things I found fascinating about the book. So many different voices and so easily distinguishable. The letters from Johnny's mom being a great example, I thought.

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    I am sure you've read Chuck Palahniuk's Choke and I just rewatched the movie version. And now I am thinking, isn't Truant's mother like Victor's mother, crazy, ,locked away, but still influencing him?

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    Quote Originally Posted by orpheus View Post
    I am sure you've read Chuck Palahniuk's Choke and I just rewatched the movie version. And now I am thinking, isn't Truant's mother like Victor's mother, crazy, ,locked away, but still influencing him?
    Oooh, yeah, that's a good comparison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adgy-san View Post
    I read Only Revolutions, but didn't like it a lot. While the odd structure adds to House of Leaves, the odd structure in Only Revolutions seemed too gimmicky. Then again he did set the bar high with House of Leaves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adgy-san View Post
    Ha! I've practically read every book on that list! My favorite is The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson! I read that book once a year, but I am crazy! :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by orpheus View Post
    Ha! I've practically read every book on that list! My favorite is The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson! I read that book once a year, but I am crazy! :P
    Which ones do you recommend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by adgy-san View Post
    Which ones do you recommend?
    Which ones haven't you read? And I can tell you one's you should.

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