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Sleep Has His House Peter Owen Modern ClassicChildhood and adolescence leading into a full scale retreat from society In between the dream seuences are straightforward bits of prose that help to maintain the tenuous chronology There are also recurring characters including Kavan s mother that serve as to maintain the tenuous chronology There are also recurring characters including Kavan s mother that serve as within the dream textsI read most of this book on a series of nights lying in bed as sleep slowly curled into my consciousness I think this affected my reading of the book to the point where I didn t want to pick it up in dayl Because of my fear that the daytime world would become real I had to establish reality in another place Holy fuck There s really no way to begin to write about this book rather it must be experienced ON ITS OWN TERMS IN THE its own terms in the logic Kavan employs to render the visions and logic of dreams in prose that is as erudite and learned as it is nightmarish and downright bizarreTo call Kavan s style in Sleep Has His House surreal is to miss the mark As Kavan herself states in a introductory passage to the text No interpretation is needed of the language we have all been speaking since childhood and in our dreams The images scenes confusions and even the melancholy found in the narrator B s rejection of the world of light and all that it entails is familiar to all writers and certainly to all dreamers The dream closes in to the central dead spotKavan clarifies that for the sake of unity a few words before each section indicate the corresponding events in terms of real temporal time And these intercalary chapters are so eerily reminiscent not in their tone or treatment but in their almost predictable and perfect placement of the intercalary chapters in Virginia Woolf s The Waves as they make the two texts companion shadow pieces of sorts Whereas Woolf is concerned with plumbing the depths of consciousness of six main characters eventually absorbing all of these moments of being replete with images sense perceptions and subjectivized linguistic nuances Kavan goes even deeper Focusing on B rather than a wider chorus of characters as does Woolf Kavan s world is already hermetic indeed in eschewing all light and concentrating instead on the darkness and the logic even a pitch black room holds for an individual s conscious connections allows her to descend several layers below the unconsciousnesses for which Woolf s own text is so highly praised But Kavan s deep unconsciousness is not one of pure despair nor are the images and temporal connections so subjective to prevent. Childhood adolescence and youth are described in what is defined as nighttime language a heightened decorative prose that frees these events from their gloomy associationsThe novel suggests we have all spoken this dialect in childhood and in our dreams but these thoughts can only be. ,


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The reader entrance into this world of shadows and utter darkness Because we all share this language we have been speaking since childhood and in our dreams the connections become language we have been speaking since childhood and in our dreams the connections become as the reader works to patch together the at times overload of senses with which Kavan bombards him or her In essence the logic of the nighttime with which she is concerned is one that is deeply familiar one that is hardly uncanny despite how it might feel upon first reading Sleep and stumbling over the opening sectionsThe most rewarding part of Kavan s prose is her uniue ability to blend reality and fantasy truth and fiction and the public ability to blend reality and fantasy truth and fiction and the public the personal While Sleep Has His House can be and likely has been read as a private document too insular to be deciphered by a reader I would counter this rather strongly However like Woolf s The Waves Kavan s Sleep is a work that reuires a familiarity with her prior work style treatment and especially as it evolved over time to the subjectivized and almost inverted world one sees in books like Ice but which are shattered even in works like Sleep We now a lot about Freud s influence on Woolf s life and work and The Waves slow descent into several layers of consciousness and its focus on deep unconsciousness is one meagre testament to that debt Kavan does reference Woolf s Orlando once in Sleep Has His House making the connection between the two seem a valid one to draw here Kavan also appears to now her Freud although perhaps from the wrong side of the couch which is not to say insights cannot be offered by the analysand any than they can by the analyst and if Freud had lived I m certain he would have learned many a thing about the unconscious and its many levels subjectivized sensory perceptions and how these can somehow be shared or at least understood by individuals from entirely different circumstances and the formative years of childhood from a book like Kavan sWe are often scared of examining the depths but with the right guides eg Dante s Virgil guiding the way through the Inferno we have many lessons to learn about ourselves and the dark world we tend to ignore whether out of fear anxiety trepidation or because we have been conditioned to think that the world of light is the only one that matters Explore the depths then do not be afraid of the darkness You will remain intact albeit changed irrevocably survivor of all voyages and situations I The I will survive if you trust in Kavan s journey as well we all should. Sharpened or decoded by contemplation in the dark Revealing that side of life which is never seen by the waking eye but which dreams and drugs can suddenly emphasize this startling discovery illustrates how these nighttime illuminations reveal the narrator's joy for the living wor. ,
A very old friend that I have never let go UpdateThis definitely benefited from a second reading I can t do it justiceOriginal commentsThis probably wasn a second reading I can t do it justiceOriginal commentsThis probably wasn the best time to attempt something so dense I haven t been able to concentrate on anything latelyBut I love Anna Kavan Without her I d feel very alone in the world I ll have to reread this when I can read it properlyI still think Ice is her masterpiece More poetry than prose this memoir is like tasting wine for the first time as a teenager acrid dangerous and addictive I don t now if it s for everyone but it was definitely for me If you too Bargaining for Brooklyn know exactly what Kavan means if the following passage resonates with you you will love Sleep Has His House I think this is probably the most important passage of the book as the rest of the book has strings of this theme woven throughout In time I found out what it was that the rain whispered I learned from the rain how to work the magic and then I stopped feeling lonely I learnt tonow the house in the night way of mice and spiders I learnt to read the geography of the house bones Invisible and unheard I scampered down secret tunnels beneath the floorboards and walked a tightrope webbing among the beams After that I never wished for other children to play with I transmuted flat daylight into my night time magic and privately made for myself a world out of spells and whispers Somewhere online I saw Kavan compared to Kafka and I would very much agree with the comparison to my favourite author not a thing I do easily in terms of content that dark dreamy world of chaos and sin and imprisonment Don t think I m weird but I d draw comparisons to the unexpected unconventional logic of Hayao Miyazaki s movies too specifically Howl s Moving Castle the atmosphere is reminiscent somehowStylistically KavanKafka are uite different though Kafka minces his words and throws them at you like tiny darts until his denouements where he drops atom bombs on you Kavan is dreamy drifty languid lyrical She takes her time building the suspense and pulling bombs on you Kavan is dreamy drifty languid lyrical She takes her time building the suspense and pulling along through the dark water directing the blurry nonsensical ocean current in which you are trapped She Also Has A also has a of using certain words in unexpected ways that make utter sense Antiue rain falls in her world and you now at once what she means And Tale of Genji references Eeeeeeee Described as a memoir Sleep Has His House charts a loosely connected course through dream time in order to tell the story of an isolated. A classic later novel by Anna Kavan A largely autobiographical account of an unhappy childhood this daring synthesis of memoir and surrealist experimentation chronicles the subject's gradual withdrawal from the daylight world of received reality Brief flashes of daily experience from. ,

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