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Du hättest gehen sollen From the internationally best selling author of Measuring the World and F an eerie and supernatural tale of a writer's emotional collapse It is fitting that I'm beginning a new notebook up here New surroundings and new ideas a new beginning Fresh airThese are the opening lines of the journal kept by the narrator of Daniel Kehlmann's spellbinding new novel the record of the seven days that he his wife and his four year old daughter spend in a house they have rented in the mountains of Germany—a house that thwarts the expectations of his recollection and seems to defy the very laws of physics The narrator is eager to finish a screenplay entitled Marriage for a seuel to the movie that launched his career but something he cannot explain is undermining his convictions and confidence a process he is recording in this account of the uncanny events that unfold as he tries to understand what exactly is happening around him—and in himself

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  1. Alok Mishra Alok Mishra says:

    It was natural that the book was set to gain and popularity with the release of the movie based on this book and having the same title Bacon's acting was convincing but the movie could still not make the impact that this book is able to make once you read it I will always rate the book by Daniel higher compared to what I will do with the movie The book lets you feel the events and confusions likely than you may do with the visual content Though the text is very much 2d and the limitations are there Daniel's writing feels compulsive than the movie I liked the way the plot unfolds and lets the readers reel into the unrealistic realism by employing a conviction ploy with which the events are narrated I liked it I am impressed Only problem with the novella is that it might feel too much at times and you may feel like putting it aside when nothing happens with time

  2. Blair Blair says:

    In the form of a diary You Should Have Left is a screenwriter's account of a family holiday that's also supposed to function as a creative retreat Having achieved commercial success by selling out and writing a lightweight comedy drama called Besties he's under pressure to come up with a seuel His daughter Esther has just turned four prompting our narrator to hope he will finally be able to have a little peace and uiet as well as some conversations with his wife Susanna that aren't about 'who's getting up with Esther who's putting her to bed who's playing blocks or trains or Legos' They rent a grand house – recently built modern minimalist – at the centre of a pine forest framed by two ice capped mountains uickly the narrator finds his family is a much greater distraction than he'd hoped and he's lying to his boss about the progress he's made on the screenplaySo far so tormented artist cliche But what else is going on here? Read between the lines sometimes literally and there are hints of something far deeper and darker at work The terrible dreams; strange illusions the narrator tries to shake off as tricks of the light; the architectural peculiarities of the house why is it so easy to get lost?; blink and you'll miss them anomalies such as the phrase 'get away' appearing at random in the middle of the narrator's sentences There are tongue in cheek allusions to linchpins of the haunted house plot an odd encounter in the only shop in town and clever modernised touches the narrator found the house on AirbnbAt barely 100 wide margined pages this is one of those novellas that stretches the limits of the term; is it a novelette? A short story? Of course I kind of wish it had been longer But its genius is that it doesn't outstay its welcome The restraint Kehlmann exercises is astonishing – the natural inclination surely would be to drag it out through different viewpoints or even whack a five years later epilogue on the end But no it's just a simple pared back stark and terrifying story It's kind of like Mark Z Danielewski's House of Leaves if it'd been subject to ruthless editing and reduced to only the most authentic and menacing elements Breathtakingly good ingenious horror definitely a book to be read in a single sitting on a cold cloudless night Just don't check your reflection in the window I received an advance review copy of You Should Have Left from the publisher through NetGalleyTinyLetter | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr

  3. mark monday mark monday says:

    Spaces outside of and inside of spaces Old spaces overlaid onto new spaces overlaid onto old spaces Spaces to trap you What's larger on the inside than it is on the outside? An ancient tower a mansion of ill repute an evil Tardis I love the angle Kehlmann took with this novella Wonderfully creepy Carefully written The meta worked not tired like most meta insertions but fresh the screenplay within the story an intrinsic part of the story Carefully characterized Moments of entrancing eeriness I was unsettled disturbed fascinated Verdict perfectly executed

  4. Umut Rados Umut Rados says:

    Creepy little novella that's just perfect for October spooky reads I really enjoyed the atmospheric writing that put me at the edge of my seat I listened to it on Audible so it was even scaryRecommended if you're looking for a chilling short read

  5. Simon Simon says:

    What a dark creepy little fked up twisty tale I was definitely unsettled and unnerved by it and often chilled too I didn't always get it though Definitely one for the darker colder nights if you want an odd scary tale Maybe a library book though as it's so short £10 seems a tad steep if I'm allowed to say that

  6. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    25 Wanted to pick up at least something for October that was billed as horror This one is act a novella a one sitting read A man rents a house in Germany wanting only to finish his screenplay He brings along his wife and four year old daughter Soon things start happening at first he thinks it is his perception but soon realizes there is something wrong with the house Pictures appearing disappearing doors not there one minute than appearing and other strange occurrences This was an okay read but nothing Not a fan of slasher books or movies and at least this wasn't that Still slightly unconvincing a little eerie but far from scary nor uniue Need to keep searching from satisfying October read that I haven't read yet

  7. Susan Susan says:

    A screenwriter rents a house surrounded by woods and overlooked by two glaciers Having had a success with one movie with the rather dubious title “Besties” he is under pressure to complete the follow up He feels his university educated wife Susanna sneers at his light hearted comedies but it pays the bills and these have increased since the couple had a daughter – four year old Esther Susanna feels that her husband is absent and disinterested He tends to be frustrated by the demands of a small child and bemoan his constant bickering with his wife but is unable to stop itHowever despite the fact that the house is beautifully located isolated and peaceful something does not feel uite right An unsettling visit to the local village leaves our writer even unsettled This is a creepy novella and it is a good spin on this type of story to have the house itself ultra modern rather than the usual gothic monstrosity Atmospheric well written and a good if short read Rated 35

  8. Alice Lippart Alice Lippart says:

    Well I guess I'm not sleeping tonight then Yikes

  9. Rachel Rachel says:

    A delightfully sinister novella that essentially puts a bunch of tried and true horror tropes into a blender but still rewards the reader with its almost unbearably tense atmosphere Though the creepy house in the woods setting does most of the legwork I'm afraid this won't be winning any awards for creativity any time soon it was a fantastically entertaining way to spend an hour The translation is excellent; really poised writing that convincingly unravels with the main character's mental state

  10. Trudi Trudi says:

    Interesting little novella that has a House of Leaves vibe going on I just wish it had a little meat on its bones Still nice creepy atmosphere and set up that will leave you feeling claustrophobic and paranoid

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