YMMV / House of Leaves


  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Johnny's digressions about his and Lude's sexual exploits can seem pointless. They come out of nowhere and don't have any bearing on the story.
  • Genius Bonus: A brief section of musical notation is printed late in the book. It is the first line of the refrain of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" (a.k.a. "The Ants Go Marching One by One"). The main narrator is called Johnny and he can be considered "lost" during most of the story.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Very early in the story (page 10 or 11), Navy throws away a bit of Karen's hair that's stuck in a brush, and Karen jokingly states that she'll go bald one day and need that hair. In the story's epilogue, she's in remission from breast cancer.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: For one thing, just the formatting (that Danielewski put much effort in) alone is chaotic and disorientating—deliberately, because the book is supposed to be a labyrinth just like the House itself is. Combined with the UnreliableNarrators, the copious amounts of untranslated foreign-language text, and the fact that much of the book is open to many different interpretations, it can be a confusing read.


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