|Only Revolutions: A Novel
||[Oct. 13th, 2006|03:21 pm]
House of Leaves
Has anyone read it? If so, what did you think? I didn't realize Mark Danielewski had come out with anything new recently, and I'm thinking of picking up a copy.
I got a copy from the library, but I was having a hard time getting into it. I finally just turned it back in. It's okay, I guess, but it doesn't have the same draw for me as HoL did.
It's absolutely amazing. It centers around two "allways sixteen"-year-olds on a roadtrip both across the country and across time. People who know more about history will get far more out of it than someone like me who is rather terrible when it comes to dates and happenings, but the love story is amazing--both extremely sweet and terribly vicious. It's written stream-of-conscious, which really deters some people, but I adore it (both the book and stream-of-conscious writing).
So what cave have you been living in? Is it nice?
Oh, and as for the book...meh.
I guess the media don't consider Mark to be "mainstream" enough to mention. I see articles in the newspaper about Michael Crichton's new book (November), Thomas Harris' "Hannibal" prequel (December)... but nothing about this new book.
I guess the media don't consider Mark to be "mainstream" enough to mention.
And yet it's a National Book Award finalist ;)
I think people really have a lot of trouble reading it. I loved it, and I didn't find it hard to get into at all. His description is perfect, he allways describes stuff so you can feel it, not just picture it. Give the book a chance, its definitely worth the money.
i'm still finding my way through OR. i had to go through the first 8 pages of each section thrice to get into it. it becomes a little easy once you get the flow, but a few stops here and there are very much expected especially the way he narrative was written. i'm still on my 3rd set of 8 pages and i haven't made any big progress recently - but then again, isn't that what exactly MZD novels teach us - first and foremost - patience? :)
(though i still think HoL is much stronger than OR - in so many ways.)
This book takes a lot of attention and thought. much more so than HoL.
I have read it, and am currently reading it again. I really really enjoy things that don't necessarily have a resolution or clear progression in the story, so this I loved it.
However, it is a much more challenging read. I stuck with it merely for it's historical references and poetic content, but if you're looking for an entertaining read with a clear, traceable storyline and fully accessible characters, I'd say save your money.
If you're really interested, pick up a copy at the library and return it if you don't like the first few chapters.