Guess I better just admit that I’m not going to be finishing this book. Which is a pity, because it’s just so cool.
The reasons I didn’t finish this have nothing to do with the quality. Or disinterest really. This book is a work of art, a masterwork of design. A multi-layered story that twists around a lot. Heck, I had to get up once to use a mirror to figure out what one part said. It looks like just a gimmick, and on some level it is, but all the weirdly arranged text and odd formatting really does give you a good immersion into the weird frame of mind.
The main reason I just stopped picking it up is that there are two (maybe three? 2.5 for sure) stories in here, and one of them utterly bored me. If it had been just the one focused squarely on the house and the family that lived there, I would have devoured the whole thing.
Yet, I’d still recommend this one. If you can find a copy you should check it out. Reading it is something that will stretch your brain and I still really admire some of the things they did with the text and twisting around footnotes. For example: There is one gigantic long footnote that goes down the left side of every left page for a while. On the right side of the right page there is a upside-down footnote that is a similar thing. This goes on for dozens of pages and when you get to the end of the left footnote you find out that the right footnote is actually attached to the end. So the two of them make this weird sorta-loop surrounding that section of the book.