It’s like a literary version of Paranormal Activity or The Blair Witch Project, only a bit more intense. I have heard a lot of great things about this one so I was excited to find a copy at a local library sale.
A guy finds a giant “scholarly essay” written by a blind man, decides to retype it, adding his own miscellaneous stories about the experience of reading it as footnotes. These add very little to the story contained within, yet lend some credibility to the idea that this is a real thing.
The essay itself is narrating and commenting on a series of home movies made by a professional filmmaker about his strange house which is bigger on the inside than outside, and spontaneously sprouts a maze that goes deep into somewhere else.
These films are spoken of (and references copiously footnoted) to indicate that everyone on earth has seen them, and yet apparently, the films are totally non-existent (even within the fiction of the book). As such, it’s a good thing that the “author” details their contents so painstakingly as part of his commentary.
The most notable feature of the book is that in addition to many levels of footnotes throughout, the words are sometimes printed in various shapes and orientations that occasionally reflect the events being documented. The “authors” are apparently both going insane during the process of creating this work.
Sometimes the “scholarly essay” format gets a bit tedious, but for the most part it’s a very enjoyable and quite unique book. The gimmicks didn’t do a lot for me, but the underlying story is certainly one that is worth reading.
Rating: 4 out of 5