Sunday, November 29, 2009

November Reading 5/2

A Spot of Bother
Mark Haddon

The story revolves around the Hall family. The family consists of George, a hypochondriac who is convinced he has cancer even though his doctor has diagnosed him with eczema. Jean, Georges wife, who has been having an affair, Katie, their daughter, who is a single mom who is getting married to Ray, who George and Jean think is the wrong man for her and Jamie, Katie's gay brother.

Haddon (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime) had much to live up to with A Spot of Bother, and I don't think he lived up to expectations. The Hall family is stereotypical and kind of dull. They each have their problems and one goes from siding with George to Jean to Katie to Jamie to even Ray. By the end it's hard to tell who you should care the most about, or weather you should care about any of them at all. With that being said, this was by no means a terrible book, just mediocre, and that, I think, is the real crime in this novel. Nothing specatular happens, but it's good for a rainy day read.


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