You Should Have Left

You Should Have Left

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Book - 2017
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A record of the seven days that the narrator, 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 sequel 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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon, 2017
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9781101871928
Characteristics: 114 pages ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Benjamin, Ross
Call Number: KEHLMANN, D


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Tigard_HalstedB Aug 31, 2019

This is a quick, creepy read that plays with form and language a bit to build tension. I enjoyed that part but thought it could have done more. Still, this was a fun dip into scary-story season!

Aug 11, 2019

Hmm. A little too sci-fi for my taste. I was hoping that there would be a better explanation on why the strange things were happening, but it rested on an implausible theory. Not the “things that go bump in the night” type-of-scare.

Nov 15, 2017

I definitely found myself questioning why I had chosen to read this on my kindle in the dark- never again! Although short, this book gut punches you and leaves you wanting more! I'm also tempted to re-read this, considering it's a very quick 122 pages, to see if i pick up on any additional things.

SkokieStaff_Steven Oct 19, 2017

Even when I like a book, I seldom wish it were longer. I certainly would have welcomed more pages in Daniel Kehlmann’s genuinely frightening novella "You Should Have Left." A screenwriter, his wife, and their toddler daughter head off on a working vacation to a surprisingly inexpensive rental house perched alone on mountainside. One would think that a screenwriter, of all people, would realize he’s just asking for trouble, but he compounds his error by installing a baby monitor (a baby monitor!) in his daughter’s room. Needless to say, he doesn’t get much writing done before he starts noticing odd things going on. As his wife says, “I do find myself thinking of that movie sometimes. That good movie based on that not-so-good book.” I love the tropes of horror movies and fiction, and Kehlmann manipulates them skillfully.


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