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House Of Leaves: Navigating The Labyrinth Of The Deconstructed Novel, Molly Throgmorton Jan 2009

House Of Leaves: Navigating The Labyrinth Of The Deconstructed Novel, Molly Throgmorton

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Ever since I learned how to read, I assumed that books must be read a certain way: open to the first page, start at the top, and read from left to right, top to bottom, page after page until the end. I thought that books have one main narrative told by one narrator, and that this narrative has a clear beginning, middle, and end. I also believed that books have clear meanings and explanations (tense). After reading Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves, however, I realized that not all books are so neat and predictable.

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