i've read it twice! i thought johnny's narrative was way more unsettling and interesting than the navidson story, which i didn't find as spooky as people say it is. except for, uh, pages 275-312 in my edition, when navidson and co. are getting deeper and deeper into the house going faster and faster. that shit was intense. other than that though, when i was reading the navidson story, i found myself kind of just waiting for it to get back to johnny. he was the best part of the book, imo. it's probably the best descent-into-madness story i've ever read. did you read the newest edition of the book, with the whalestoe letters at the end? that part is insane, no pun intended.
i gotta admit though, around the middle when it's focusing more on karen and there's all these interviews and quotes from journalists and stuff, i find myself kind of zoning out.
i think it's a great book overall, even if it can get kind of pretentious and boring at times. the imagination and creativity in it is amazing! i loved flipping back and forth, looking for clues and trying to figure out what was going on. and it's pretty damn creepy.
ha, i have no idea. it's hard to say how much of johnny's story actually happened and how much of it he made up. that incident with the band was the last thing johnny wrote, right? i'd imagine he just kept going down whatever path he was on. probably died eventually. i can't picture that guy getting better, haha.
and i didn't really pick up on the love story aspect. i can definitely see it, looking back, but i never really felt it when i was reading it. to me it was just about insanity. johnny's mental insanity and navidson's physical insanity. told in such a crazy way it kind of makes you feel insane. which is all pretty creepy. definitely the most unsettling book i've ever read.