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La Maison dans laquelle

(Дом, в котором... #1-3)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  4,314 ratings  ·  529 reviews
Dans la Maison, vous allez perdre vos repères, votre nom et votre vie d’avant. Dans la Maison, vous vous ferez des amis, vous vous ferez des ennemis. Dans la Maison, vous mènerez des combats, vous perdrez des guerres. Dans la Maison, vous connaîtrez l’amour, vous connaîtrez la peur, vous découvrirez des endroits dont vous ne soupçonniez pas l’existence, et même quand vous ...more
Kindle Edition, 960 pages
Published March 5th 2016 by Monsieur Toussaint Louverture (first published November 2009)
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Joanna
This is not going to be a review. This is going to be a confused ode, a drug-induced paean, an out of tune song and a nonsense fairy tale about this incredible book; because that’s the only way I know how to talk about it.

I read a lot. I rarely truly dislike a book, even if I don’t think much about it, there are very few one-star ratings in my reading history. Most books sit comfortably on 3 or 4 stars because that’s how I feel about most books I read. Enjoyable but forgettable get 3, ones that
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MK
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What, how did this end up with a one-star from me!? Some kind of accidental click from my phone or Kindle!! Five stars!!!!

I finished my first audible/Kindle whispersync, and immediately started right back at the beginning. This book is an investment, and it repays you many times over!

I'm halfway through my second listen/read whispersync, and have already ordered the physical book.

Read thru number three is going to be the physical book. This book is amazing.


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Edit - I just suggested this book fo
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✨The Reading
Not sure about this one...
"Bound to wheelchairs and dependent on prosthetic limbs, the physically disabled students living in the House are overlooked by the Outsides. Not that it matters to anyone living in the House, a hulking old structure that its residents know is alive. From the corridors and crawl spaces to the classrooms and dorms, the House is full of tribes, tinctures, scared teachers, and laws—all seen and understood through a prismatic array of teenagers’ eyes.
But student deaths and
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Nelly Aghabekyan
Nov 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nelly by: Anahit Akhoyan
One of those books that demand to be read for the second time - just to see how many nuances you've missed when reading for the first time, how many hints and clues you've passed by without proper attention. I dare not to call this fantasy, and cannot agree with those who say this book is the second "Lord of the Flies". It's not, and it has only one thing in common with ".. Flies" - the children. Though when reading, you barely even remember they are really children, and some of the heroes aren' ...more
Olga Surmaca
Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Goodreads does not have enough stars for this one.
Silvia Cachia
If you want to follow our bookclub, we read, blogged, and commented over 10 weeks here,
https://silviacachia.wordpress.com/ca...

And an interview with Yuri Machkasov, the translator of the English edition, https://silviacachia.wordpress.com/20...

As with any bigger than life book, I'm at loss after reading the last page of The Gray House. All through the book, I've been reading some pages and chapters many times. I think I'm on my 4th reading of the last 30 or 40 pages.

Long ago I became interested
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Kaitlin
Decided to DNF this at 61% as I found it too much of a struggle to want to read. Whilst I do think there are some really weird and wonderful parts to a House with a life of its own, filled with children who all break the norm, I think this book just lost me in the vague sprawling thoughts and metaphors...

Overall, I think this is a book literary readers or magical realism readers may really enjoy, but I consider myself to be more of a fantasy reader and I think for me this book just felt too abst
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Lauma Lapa
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
since Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (oh, when was it... cannot believe it was 1998) there has been no book that has kept me awake through the night, enthralling me, charming to the extent that i almost lost myself in the story. that alone should say something of the quality of the narrative, plot and characters.
the multiple viewpoints, the elegant characters, the legends and the stories all work towards one purpose - to tell a story that leaves no bitterness in the soul, only that whi
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H.A. Leuschel
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the most original and unusual books I've read in a long time. The Gray House is a school for students with disabilities who like any young teenagers are searching for their identities, want to fit in and find a group of friends they can trust and grow up with. However, from the first page, I sensed that I would need time to get in tune with the setting (the house has a supernatural feel to it, moves and shifts and hence has a life of its own which adds an eerie sense of mystery), ...more
Katie
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not exaggerating when I say that this was one of the most phenomenal reading experiences I've ever had and that this book may very well gain a permanent place among my absolute favorites of all time - rubbing shoulders with Steinbeck and Jane Eyre.

I was so very blessed to read and talk about The Gray House with my lovely friend Silvia and others. Yuri Machkasov, the translator, even joined us and became a wonderful source of insight and anecdote. If you ever pick up this book, I highly rec
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wanderer (Para)
As a rule, I prefer reviewing books that are brilliant but flawed, since usually they are the only ones that can't be reduced to a couple of sentences. This is not one of those. For the past few days I've been gushing about it to everyone who'd listen. Seeking out fanart. Taking pauses and breaks, because just like its inhabitants I didn't want to leave. It's brilliant, it's criminally underrated, and while I realise that it's not for everyone, it's probably the best book I've ever read.

The Hou
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Jo (A follower of wizards)
Hell, this was bad. I did not enjoy this book in the slightest, which is a shame, as this book was a birthday gift for last year, and as much as I usually LOVE receiving books for such occasions, I'm relieved that I didn't spend my own money on it.

Now, before I list what I didn't like about this novel, I will say, that it is obvious much dedication and hard work has gone into this, but unfortunately, for me, it means jack shit when the plot itself is disjointed, there are meaningless characters
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Magen
2.5 stars I wanted to love this book and I was incredibly intrigued by the story at first. There were two major problems with the book. First, it was incredibly difficult to keep track of the characters and what house they belonged in. I saw another review mention this, but what she didn't explain is that it is challenging for two reasons: one, the names of some characters change over time but it's rarely explicit and two, time is not linear even when excluding the fantasical time periods. I lis ...more
Viv JM
DNF @ 100 pages.

So, I read 100 pages before deciding I couldn't face going on with this. I think that's giving it a fair chance!

Those pages were surreal and grotesque, without showing any signs of an actual plot, or any characters that I felt any connection to. I really couldn't face another 650 pages :-(
Arina Duggins
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The best book I have ever read.
Anna
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘The Gray House’ is the first and apparently last book by Mariam Petrosyan. It took her 18 years to write and was an immediate bestseller in Russian when published in 2009. I am fascinated by this success, as its appeal seemed to me obscure and niche. All 721 pages are set in a strange institution for disabled children and teenagers. Although the atmosphere is distinctively creepy, the plot is practically non-existent. There is absolutely no narrative urgency. While I was happy to wallow in the ...more
Λίνα Θωμάρεη
Wonderful work with special characters and I don't mention the special needs of them but the character of their personality. The only thing in this book that I didn't enjoy it at all was his large volume, It was tiring in reading. If this book was less pages or even was in series maybe it would be more easier for me to focus on the plot of this book rather than the pages of its own. Now I'm just happy that I finally finised it....

2,5 stars
Nikolai
Jul 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-russian
The great huge funny sad prosaic metaphysical ultimate endless book about the House of disabled children with a strange worldview (at least that's what you understand and see in the very beginning; this is true; and this is not true; and this is not important). The book itself equals to the rhythm; it's the infinite (in some higher sense) "sun of its parts". Must-read.
Hank
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-clean-2019
This will likely be a long review, there is so much packed into this book it deserves a bit more thought and attention. I will probably do something that I haven't done in years which is to re-read it. I felt like I was always playing catch up with what the author wanted to communicate and some of the inferences and other worldliness I missed because I was focusing on other parts.

First, there isn't much what I would call fantasy elements to the book. On the surface there are several descriptions
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Christine Sandquist (eriophora)
Execution: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Enjoyment: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Key Descriptors: surreal, quirky, ergodic literature, slice of life, magical realism

Premise: The novel is set in a boarding house for disabled children; a House which may or may not be alive in some senses. It’s unclear whether the House is truly an entity, whether it’s simply a conduit for something entirely different, or if, perhaps, it really is all something its denizens have created on their own. We follow the lives of those who inhabit the House, and it’s u
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Sherry Elmer
This book seems like two different books rolled into one to me. One is a beautiful story of a group of children, all with some disability, who grow up in an old, gray house where they learn to create their own rules, fend for themselves, and care for one another. I found this book to be very good, with unique, imaginative, fully-drawn characters. I could imagine myself hanging out with many of the characters and truly enjoying myself.

The “other” book is a supernatural story of a house which infl
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Kristin B. Bodreau
I'm wavering between 1 and 2 stars. I almost want to give it the two just for the sheer amount of work that must have gone into this novel. The interweaving pieces, relationships and symbology. However, it's hard to appreciate when it was all so nebulous, meandering and surreal that it was almost impossible to make the connections without graphs, charts and a master's degree. So, I'm sticking with the 1 star because what it comes down to for me is "did I enjoy reading it?" In this case, that is ...more
Wendy
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably one of my favorite books that I've ever read, so much so that I'm starting it over again because I think it'll be like reading a whole new book, in a good way! But, on the flip side, it's not a book I could recommend to everyone. Much of it is confusing and surreal but personally I loved being immersed in the world of The House. Another thing worth mentioning is that this took forever to read, 4 months is a long time for a book I'm reading almost daily. But the characters were j ...more
Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
See more of my book reviews on my blog, Literary Flits

I received my review copy of The Gray House back at the beginning of 2017 but, being intimidated by its 700+ page length, kept putting off even starting to read it until now. This was a serious mistake - The Gray House is absolutely brilliant! Seclude-yourself-for-a-week-with-your-phone-turned-off breathtakingly brilliant! I could easily write a whole review of fangirl superlatives, I loved this book that much. Yet, that said, it won't be to
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Tony
Jan 21, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This sure sound interesting. This is listed as an audio book and maybe if I listened to it and there was a good reader, like Jim Dale, I would care. Instead, this is really 3 Russian books translated into English for 1000 plus pages of meh. To be fair, I did not read all 1000 pages. Why? Because after 150 pages I did not care. Sure, the fact that the house was cool and could not be touched by the sun was interesting. The floor turning into a lake, totally cool. The problem was I had to slog thro ...more
Shorty
This has got to be one of the most boring novels I’ve found in a long time. I honestly don’t know what the hype is about, as I’ve had problems trying to keep interested, or even listening, since starting the audiobook. I’m on chapter 11 of 26, and a boy in this school is now dead, and I have NO idea why, because I just cannot seem to pay attention to it very well. I’m just sorry I bought the audiobook, before finding out that it’s not my style at all. And I don’t think I will give it another cha ...more
Jessica
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this one. The writing is amazing and you can't help but be pulled into the world of the house. This will be a definite re-read, I'm excited to read it with a different set of eyes.
Cheryl
Jul 27, 2018 marked it as xx-dnf-skim-reference  ·  review of another edition
Didn't quite make it to 1/3. Brilliant writing, gorgeous translation, just too much (of everything) for me. Sorry.
Emris Lindsay
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The gray house is a complex tale of differently abled boys in a boarding school faced with numerous difficulties especially with their fellow residents, there is little love within this establishment. Just to think a pair of red sneakers was the catalyst for which pheasant was removed from his well model group by the request of the other group members because he dared to be different. This tale is filled with complex scenes, it is one of those books that keeps you thinking long after you have re ...more
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Following college, Mariam Petrosyan became a cartoonist at the Studio of Armenfilm in 1989. She subsequently moved to Moscow and worked at Soyuzmultfilm Studio. In 1995, she returned to Armenfilm, where she worked until 2007. She is married to Artashes Stamboltsan. They have two children. She is a great-granddaughter of the Armenian painter Martiros Saryan.

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