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The Plight House

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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
Aug 14, 2013 Nate D rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: The carousel on the lake-bottom, landscapes of ordeal
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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
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
Second Reading, 3/16/2013:
I picked this up again while I was at my parent's house (where a number of my books are in storage) and intended to just re-read the front matter contextualizing the core of the book, but then ended up bringing it back to California with me and reading the whole thing. What is perhaps most astounding about this book is that I consciously remembered very little, but discovered that there is so much present in this book that has snuck into my own writing (specifically, pe...more
Logan England
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
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.
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.
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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