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In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods (udgave 2013)

af Matt Bell

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Escaping the busy confusion of his homeland and moving to an almost-uninhabited lake shore where he plans on living simply and raising a family, a man descends into rage, obsession, and an abstract sense of reality when his wife suffers multiple miscarriages.
Medlem:RichLeComte
Titel:In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods
Forfattere:Matt Bell
Info:Soho Press (2013), Edition: 0, Hardcover, 312 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Nøgleord:Ingen

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This book is so surreal. Also, reading most of it on about four hours of sleep makes it even more so. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
Hoo, boy, how do I even begin to talk about this book? I could try saying that it's about a man and a woman in, well, a house upon the dirt, between a wood where there's a bear and a lake where there's apparently a squid, and they want to have children, but all the woman's pregnancies keep failing, and then...

Nah. That doesn't give you the sense of what this book is at all, and honestly I have no idea how to even finish that sentence after the "and then..." Better, maybe, to say that it has the feel of a dark fairy tale, or a strange mythology, or, better still, some kind of dream that seems to be made up of metaphors I don't feel like I entirely understand, shaped into a whole that I feel like I might sort of understand if I glance at it sideways, but maybe not. It's fascinating, though, in its own surreal way, and the writing is impressive. Honestly, I'm not entirely sure what the hell I just read, but I do think I'm glad to have read it. ( )
2 stem bragan | Sep 2, 2020 |
Someone read this and tell me what I just read. ( )
1 stem trinker | Jan 9, 2020 |
I enjoyed In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods, but I don't know if I really liked it. What I mean by that is I'm not sure I'd read it twice. The reason for that is because it's a fever dream. Specifically, the fever dream of a child dying of brain cancer who fills his time reading fairy tales. All the old elements of myth are there but at times they seem present almost for their own sake, the gore heaped on to shock, the logic of the world indiscernible. It makes for a very interesting journey, and the book explores important issues revolving around fatherhood, and the disconnect between what it means to be a father and what it means to be a man. It certainly makes one empathize with the plight of fathers everywhere, if nothing else. I can't say I cared for the coda, either, which added nothing to the book save for unnecessary confusion.

All that aside, it's a fantastic journey. Very interesting, with an ephemeral atmosphere. If you enjoy fairy tales, you'll probably take something away from The House. ( )
  MFSullivan | Nov 17, 2017 |
I listened to this on audio. The premise is interesting: This is what the Adam and Eve myth would read like if Joseph Campbell were to have written it while baked on CIA-grade acid. In other words, the story is trippy and weird. But not just that -- the entire story is told in stilted, stertorous, and self-important King James English. Think of some great actor Method Acting in a slightly irritating accent for eight straight hours of your time. That's this book. Plus, none of the characters have names -- i.e,. the protagonists are The Man and The Woman; the antagonists are The Bear and The Squid, etc. -- which is SOP for post-modern allegorical tales such as this one. I suppose the author chose to tell the story this way in order to lend the thing a kind of mythic quality. But let me tell you, the language is like molasses. Which, for a short-story, it totally would have worked. (Bell is primarily a short-story writer.) But for a novel -- the book should have been half its present length.

Here it is, no spoilers: A man and woman marry. The woman can create physical objects in the real actual world through the power of song. But she can't have children (i.e., can't carry a pregnancy to term), and can't create a child through song, and the man really wants a kid. The man hunts carnivores in the forest. At some point, the man ingests one of the stillborn children, the Fingerling, and then things turn dark. And that's only 1/4 the way through the novel. Before the last, as it were, audio page is turned, the man will have intentionally scalded a child, the woman will have sung an entire underground mansion into existence, a squid will have ingested the man, a bear will have remade him, and a Foundling Child (pomo Initial Caps) will have (maybe) saved his mother and father. BTW, I have not spoiled a single one of the book's surprises.

Tell you what, if Bell had told this story in a normal voice, I probably would have given him two maybe three extra stars. The premise really is very interesting. But he didn't, and, while this is, in fact, America, that choice cost him at least, let's say, two and one half Goodreads stars from this Goodreads reviewer. I hope it was worth it. ( )
  evamat72 | Mar 31, 2016 |
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