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The Gray House

(Дом, в котором... #1-3)

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The Gray House is an astounding tale of how what others understand as liabilities can be leveraged into strengths.

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 co
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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
А-а-а! и большой привет всем посоветовавшим эту книгу, которая вынесла мне все остатки мозга и убила близлежащие планы на социализацию. Как каникулярное чтение "Дом, в котором...", разумеется, совершенно не годится (книжка с легкостью заменит вам завтрак, пляж, дневной сон, ужин и поход по магазинам), но черт возьми, он крышесносный.

Для начала, это лучшее произведение на живом, современном, но очень грамотном русском языке, которое мне доводилось читать за последнее время. Такой эффект был бы,
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for_soul
Странная книга... Поскольку на неё уже сотни рецензий (очень поляризованных, но преобладают восторженные), постараюсь кратко - только самые сильные впечатления.

1) Кто-то сказал "хорош любой жанр кроме скучного". Книга затягивает, и читается "запоем" :) Что уже замечательно :)

Справедливости ради добавлю, что текст очень неоднороден (чувствуется, что писался 20 лет). Перевалив за середину книги, повествование начинает пробуксовывать, темп теряется, и... местами даже скучно :( Но лишь местами.

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.
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
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.


Edit - I just suggested this book fo
Silvia Cachia
If you want to follow our bookclub, we read, blogged, and commented over 10 weeks here,

And an interview with Yuri Machkasov, the translator of the English edition,

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
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
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
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
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
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
Darya Conmigo
Кто о чем, а я опять как дурак с писаной торбой о том, что есть литература ради литературы, а есть литература ради... чего-то другого. С литературно-литературной точки зрения книга несовершенна. Мало того, что издание опечалило несколькими ошибками-опечатками (а как жаль! в остальном эту книгу так приятно держать в руках!), так еще и текст временами оставляет впечатление достаточно сырого материала, над котором мог бы еще поработать хороший редактор или сам автор. Особенно это чувствуется в фина ...more
Olga Lempert
Читала эту книгу два дня: примерно 750 страниц в первый, остальное — во второй. Если за прочитанное в первый день поставила бы книге пять звезд (несмотря на очевидные недоработки, опечатки, отсылки к «Республике ШКИД» и другим вещам), поскольку она обладает всеми правильными свойствами магического реализма и в самом деле создает цельный мир, несмотря на фрагментарность повествования, а то и благодаря ей (чем напомнила, например, «Школу в Кармартене») — то вторая часть, завершение книги, вызвала ...more
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Книга, в которую можно и нужно погружаться с головой. Только дочитала и сразу же захотелось начать сначала, чтобы окончательно разобраться в переплетении имён, персонажей, сюжетных и временных линий. Не хочется ни пересказывать сюжет, ни оценивать. Это как чужой подробный ЖЖ: сочный пласт жизни, который парой фраз не охарактеризовать.

"Дом требует трепетного отношения. Тайны. Почтения и благоговения. Он принимает или не принимает, одаряет или грабит, подсовывает сказку или кошмар, убивает, старит
Arina Duggins
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The best book I have ever read.
Lote L.
Telefonsaruna tūliņ pēc Nama izlasīšanas:
- Čau!
- Čau?
- Izstāsti man Nama beigas, jo man šķiet, ka es izlasīju citu grāmatu.
- Ko?
- Izstāsti man Nama beigas.
- Ā... tā, Nama beigas... ē...
- No pēdējās Pasaku nakts.
*lēns, lauzīts grāmatas beigu atstāstījums*
- Mhm... Mhm... jā.
- (..) Bet kāpēc tu man to jautā?
- Tāpēc, ka man vajag, lai kāds to pasaka skaļi, lai es saprastu, ka es to izlasīju. Tāpēc, ka, kamēr tas nav pateikts skaļi, es nesaprotu.
- (..)
- Jā... jā, tagad, kad tu to saki, man arī tā lie
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 :-(
Una Bērziņa
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Es nevaru iedomāties, kā šai grāmatai varētu tikt pāri.
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
возможно, я была бы менее счастлива, не прочитав эту книгу.
Ho impiegato diversi giorni a leggere questo libro, malgrado fossi in vacanza. Nelle pause durante la lettura, alla fine, mi sono scoperto a parlare come uno dei personaggi, Tabaqui.
Ed è stato il segnale di quanto il libro mi stesse prendendo.

Un libro che rimane attaccato, anche dopo la lettura.
Un libro che è realtà e fantasia, e non si capisce bene dove termini la prima e cominci la seconda.

Onestamente non saprei come parlarne, di questo libro.
Della parte reale, con il vecchio edificio abbandon
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
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.
Aelita Chilingaryan
Այս գիրքը կարդալուց հետո է հնարավոր հասկանալ դրա ֆենոմենը։ 950 էջը դժվար կարդացվող չեն, իսկ Մարիամը զարմացնում ու հիացնում է իր լեզվով, նկարագրություններով։ Տունը բոլորի համար չէ, բայց կարդալու ընթացքում մոռանում ես, որ հերոսները հաշմանդամություն ունեցող երեխաներ են, որովհետեւ գրողը շեշտը դրա վրա չի դնում ու ոչ մի վարկյան չի փորձում ստիպել կարդացողին, որ այդ երեխաները իր մեղքը գան։ Ուրիշ հարց է, որ երեխաները հաճախ իրենց երեխաների նման չեն պահում ու խոսում են արդեն մեծ մարդկանց նման։ Մյուս կողմից ...more
Jul 13, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Вы знаете, а я не могу такое читать. Меня ни разу такой текст никуда не погружает, разум без устали генерит кучу вопросов "что это?", "кто это?", "почему ТАК?", "что ваще происходит?". А ответов все нет. Только бесконечные описания и лирика... Поэтому я даже не стала пытаться это читать. Не пойдет тому, кто любит логику и не любит много вымысла причем непонятного. Ладно, если описывается какой-то мир,, например, Гарри Поттера (не читала, но в курсе), где конкретный мир, в нем все логично, все од ...more
Max Nemtsov
Apr 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
отлично - только очень не хватает сводной таблицы действующих лиц и исполнителей
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
Lada Moskalets
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Роман про славу ескапізму - підлітки в школі-інтернаті для інвалідів створюють свій світ, не схожий абсолютно ні на що. Але сам інтернат також поза простором і часом, тут немає буденних реалій і неприємних подробиць. У створену підлітками (вигадану?) реальність занурюєшся з перших сторінок - і більше не виходиш.
Цю книжку довго читати, хоча цікаво, але довго - я заплуталася в персонажах і в сюжеті, але продовжувала читати, бо воно гарне. Мабуть, варто перечитати ще раз - і одним махом, щоб історі
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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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