2016/04/18

BOOK REVIEW:
THE DUMB HOUSE BY JOHN BURNSIDE

Title: The Dumb House
Author: John Burnside
Published: 1997
Language: English
Pages: 205
Rating: 5/5


Summary:
Inspired by the Persian myth of the Dumb House - a place where children were kept and never exposed to language, to find out if language is innate or learned - a man creates a twisted version of this experiment.


Review:
I had quite high expectations about this book, and although it was a bit different than I had imagined, I absolutely loved it.

I had thought the focus of this book would be the main character's experiment, but there's so much more to it than that. It's more of a character study, one of a very disturbed individual. I especially enjoyed reading about the main character's relationship with his mother and his family.

This book just pulled me in from the start. It's just so fascinating to meet these characters, to see how they progress and slowly learn how insane they really are. Things are revealed slowly and it keeps the suspense up. On top of that, it's beautifully written.

I could not put this book down. I would highly recommend this book if you enjoy classical literature with a fair bit of horror.


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