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The Plight House

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  48 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
The unnamed narrator of The Plight House receives a letter: his childhood friend Fiona has committed suicide at the age of thirty-three. As children, he and Fiona had constructed a dark and violent fantasy world, an imaginary network of laboratories where they performed experiments upon their neighbours, families and friends. Now, aware that Fiona had used a document from ...more
Paperback, 123 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Pedlar Press
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Nate D
Mar 16, 2013 Nate D rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: The carousel on the lake-bottom, landscapes of ordeal
Recommended to Nate D by: M.
Here's that rarest of new fiction experiments, the work that utterly dismantles itself into an improbable format (a questionnaire) but with complete narrative, thematic, and emotional coherence. The format is so well tailored to the content that it's difficult to imagine the book working any other way. Post-modern devices shouldn't ever be reduced to tricks of course. Implicating and interrogating the reader is a powerful method for conveying otherwise unavailable meaning and immediacy, and that ...more
Anita Dalton
Feb 08, 2013 Anita Dalton rated it it was amazing
I have a strong feeling that this may be a book that requires a certain level of experience to understand. Of course, feelings of misplaced responsibility and grief are common enough, so I don’t want to discourage anyone from reading The Plight House. But I do think that unless you have tried to end your life or tried to prevent someone from ending his or her life, this may not have a certain resonance. I say all of this because, as I indicate above, this book is borderline ergodic. The way Hriv ...more
Mar 02, 2017 Julien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pdl-2018
C'est une rêverie hallucinée et cauchemardesque ;
C'est l'imaginaire de l'enfance passé au tamis pour en extraire tout ce qu'il y a de plus brutal, de plus dérangé ;
C'est un labyrinthe mental rempli des pires horreurs et visions ;

Tout ça, mais surtout une tentative désespérée de trouver dans cet échafaudage glauque la clé pour sauver une amie de sa mélancolie destructrice et puiser au fond de cet abîme personnel la lumière et la force d'avancer.


J'essaie de trouver les moyens de rendre justice à
Apr 17, 2017 A_girl_from_earth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Bon, je ne sais pas trop comment noter ce livre car je ne suis pas sûre d'avoir compris comment le lire. Une chose est sûre. Je n'ai pas été emballée. Trop glauque... Trop... pas ma tasse de thé. "C'est particulier" disais-je au début. "C'est quand même bizarre", continuais-je par la suite. Peut-être faut-il avoir des affinités avec le morbide pour pleinement apprécier ce texte.
Une autre chose est sûre. C'est un livre, sinon brillant, hautement original.
Maud Lemieux
Très (trop?) original, un roman qui n'en est pas un, qui est plutôt une invitation aux rêves et une plongée dans l'angoisse. La forme est super intéressante, mais m'a un peu lassée vers le dernier quart du livre. J'aurai voulu plus de l'étonnante introduction.
Feb 10, 2017 Billy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brillant roman, étrange et singulier dans la forme . Un livre qui pose des questions et c'est à vous d'y répondre! Pas beaucoup de copies au Québec en ce moment , mais jetez-y un œil!
Audrey Martel
Définitivement pas mon genre de livre.
Aug 14, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
I don't quite know how to rate this because I never quite learned how to read it!

The book is mostly made up of a series of macabre and surreal hypotheticals addressed to a fictional(?) character. Of course, I was tempted to answer them for myself. But whenever I did, it seemed to take me out of the narrative rather than immerse me in it. There's clearly an internal logic here, an overall cohesion, but I got lost in the disjointed framework. It's a shame because I love the writing, itself. This w
Feb 04, 2015 Keith rated it it was amazing
I keep coming back to this book.

It's an odd one, all right- dark to its very core. The narrator grew up with a girl, and in childhood they had devised a series of tests, referred to as The Testing Range, that would give people what they desired in return for the completion of increasingly difficult tasks. Now in adulthood, the narrator's friend from childhood has committed suicide, with a page from their childhood notebooks by her side.

That's the basic opening. The rest of the book is the narrat
Logan England
Sep 12, 2013 Logan England rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, favorites
This will be a different book for each person who reads it. Some will find it pretentious and toss it aside, some will say it's trying too hard. Others will start reading and immediately resent that they did, because they cannot look away. Others will feel the book was written just for them. We all live in our own Plight House. It's a terrible, painful, poetic, transcendent read. It's a demanding read. There are no answers, only questions that you'll find you can't put aside long after you're do ...more
Jul 05, 2011 Matilda rated it it was amazing
This book has a rare and really quite terrifying purity, like peeking into the journal of someone who's actually going insane. What I never would have imagined is just how beautiful and how heartbreaking the resulting story would be. I had nightmares while reading it and for days afterward, but they were so, so worth it.
Aug 11, 2011 Lydia rated it really liked it
Hrivnak recounts personal memories of a dark childhood friend whom he loses touch with and finds later has taken her life. It's a chilling tale that ultimately leads him into a project of creatively focused questions intended to sway a self-destructive person's thoughts from death. If you know someone who may be on the road to personal ruin and possible suicide, please buy this book.
Dec 30, 2010 Ashley rated it really liked it
I didn't really 'get' the story itself (was there one? I was confused, even though I tried really hard to make out something linear...). The writing made up for that though; I really really enjoyed reading his prose.
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