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In The House Upon The Dirt Between The Lake And The Woods (2013)

by Matt Bell(Favorite Author)
3.32 of 5 Votes: 2
1616952539 (ISBN13: 9781616952532)
Soho Press
review 1: The book starts with such promise in both story and style. The fairy tale builds, the plot twists, but then, like the rooms in the house, the narrative goes on and on and on. It become repetitive, the transformations of the characters become meaningless, and, in the end, the reader just wants it all to end. Truth be told, I was ready for it to end a good one hundred pages before it did. And the Bear was the only character worth my compassion.
review 2: From sheer inventiveness and imagination this book is incredible, well deserving the comparisons to both Calvino and Borges. Now, it doesn’t measure up to the best of either of their work – really though, what does? – but it’s damn closer than most else in recent memory. The only real thing for me th
... moreat keeps me from giving this a full five out of five is the voice of the narrator. The narrator is very well written – and I’m positive the voice was entirely deliberate on Bell’s part – but it left me cold, and at times sapped a lot of the energy from otherwise fantastic scenes. Still, it’s a book absolutely worth checking out, and an author worth following. less
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I'm pretty sure this book is a metaphor, I think I get it, but I'm not convinced I enjoyed it.
Indiespensable blew it with this one! I would not recommend and did not finish reading it.
Unusual, epic and utterly original! One of the best books I've ever read.
Beautifully poetic. Must read slowly and savor.
Couldn't get past the "ick" factor.
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