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“Passion has little to do with euphoria and everything to do with patience. It is not about feeling good. It is about endurance. Like patience, passion comes from the same Latin root: pati. It does not mean to flow with exuberance. It means to suffer.”
-House of Leaves
I am not what I used to be
This book is Haunting me. The house is changing, winding round itself and there is no escaping here.
Enclosed within is metafiction.
House of Leaves is science fiction. House of Leaves is horror. House of Leaves is romance. A self aware jaunt into the mind of the author. This maze of experimental structures will sink its teeth into you and follow you home.
What makes a family? A friendship? A happy life? Bethany Ball follows the lives of the Solomons from their Israel kibbutz, to Los Angeles, New York, and beyond. The children, raised among a Communist style world, break away from their father, Yakov, and attempt to etch out their own versions of home far away from those concrete dormitories. Little do they know, happiness isn't always running away from the reality you left behind. It isn't always permanent. Sometimes it ebbs and flows with the passage of time. Bell twines together the Solomons with their lovers, children, wives, and husbands; a veritable portrait of humanity reaching for contentment.
We don't always have the answers, but it's important that Bell asks the question:
What are we going to do about it?
Main character Billy is boring. Main character Billy is basic. Main character Billy is the perfect vessel to take us on a tour of China Miéville's wild and mysterious London. Complete with a giant squid, assorted cults, a criminal mastermind, an ancient spirit (who's rather friendly), two goons (who are not), and a smattering of magic users; Kraken truly has everything a lover of 20th century pulp might desire. Join Billy, the glorious average in us all, as he attempts to survive a world not so mundane as it appeared this morning. With so many competing armogeddons you may just find youself watching the sky.