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by Mark Haddon


To My Continuity Girl. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

To My Continuity Girl. With thanks to Sos Eltis, Clare Alexander, Dan Franklin, and Bill Thomas.

A SPOT OF BOTHER is Mark Haddon’s unforgettable follow-up to the internationally beloved bestseller THE . And rightfully so, because if Haddon had reproduced the same sort of story as he did in his first novel, we'd all be complaining about how he was such a one-trick pony.

A SPOT OF BOTHER is Mark Haddon’s unforgettable follow-up to the internationally beloved bestseller THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME. Here the madness – literally – of family life proves rich comic fodder for Haddon’s crackling prose and bittersweet insights into misdirected love.

A Spot of Bother is the second adult novel by Mark Haddon, who is best known for his prize-winning first novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Like Curious Incident, A Spot of Bother examines mental health issues from the perspective of the patient. An excerpt from A Spot of Bother (at that point titled Blood and Scissors) was published in the book New Beginnings, the proceeds from which were donated to the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.

Mark Haddon is the author of the bestselling novels The Red House and A Spot of Bother, and the short story collection The Pier Falls and Other Stories

Mark Haddon is the author of the bestselling novels The Red House and A Spot of Bother, and the short story collection The Pier Falls and Other Stories. His novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction and is the basis for the Tony Award–winning play. Another wonderful book by Mark Haddon! As in The Red House, he tells a whopping good story through the thoughts and actions of the main characters, each chapter either taking up where the other character's part of the story left off, or relating the same scene from another character's viewpoint.

Похожие книги на A Spot Of Bother. As he demonstrated in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a canine murder mystery from the point of view of an autistic boy, former children's book author and illustrator Mark Haddon has a gift for reaching inside the inner world of characters whose minds should prove difficult to penetrate. A Spot of Bother is Haddon's second novel. aimed at adults, and again he writes his characters with great affection despite the fact that they're deeply flawed. Once again, Haddon proves a master of a story at once hilarious, poignant, dark, and profoundly human. Here the madness - literally - of family life proves rich comic fodder for Haddon’s crackling prose and bittersweet insights into misdirected love.

A Spot of Bother is Haddon’s second novel aimed at adults, and again he writes his characters with great affection despite the fact that they’re deeply flawed. Or, in the case of Bother’s protagonist, George Hall, deeply insane. The Halls are a family of people preoccupied with their own problems, largely centred around preparations for a backyard wedding. His daughter, Katie, is marrying a man no one, including Katie, thinks is good enough for her.

Mark Haddon's A Spot of Bother is a real oddity, Patrick Ness finds. Mark Haddon's first novel after the worldwide success of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is a real oddity, but not at all in the way you might expect. Curious Incident was the manically fluent runaway bestseller about an autistic teenager, told in a voice of such fierce originality that it justifiably won the Whitbread book of the year and promised great things of its author. In a likably perverse move, Haddon's next book was a collection of poetry, The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea.

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Beardana
Another wonderful book by Mark Haddon! As in The Red House, he tells a whopping good story through the thoughts and actions of the main characters, each chapter either taking up where the other character's part of the story left off, or relating the same scene from another character's viewpoint. And as usual with Haddon's books, we are treated to beautifully flawed people. In the case of A Spot of Bother, the characters are Jean and George, a long-married 60-ish couple; their divorced and soon to-be-married-again daughter, Katie; and their mostly out-of-the-closet gay son, Jamie. I won't repeat the storyline; other reviewers and the trade reviews will give you all that. I'll just say that Haddon is an amazing writer and a master at giving us characters to which we can all relate. We alternately want to strangle them or pull them into our arms and comfort them. And while Haddon does end the story by wrapping things up a bit too much like one of those Love Actually types of movies, he leaves things just enough open-ended for the book not to be one of "those" kinds of books. Highly recommended. (And speaking of movies, I hope there's one in the works for A Spot of Bother. I found myself casting it as I read.)
Anicasalar
This is a warm and fun story. Even though the title and back cover refer mainly to George Hall, the main character, the book is more about a modern and slightly dysfunctional family. George is the father, a 57 year old hypochondriac man that believes a skin lesion is a cancer lesion that will kill him soon. Jean is George's wife, and she's having an affair with a former co-worker from George's previous job. Katie is their daughter and is planning on wedding for the 2nd time, to a guy named Ray, whom the family does not fully approve of. Finally, Jamie is their son. He's gay but apparently is not fully out of the closet and is conflicted about bringing his boyfriend to Katie's wedding.
The book evolves about all of them, their discussions, their fights, and the love between them.
Even though the whole context seems a bit mundane, this is a very well written book. It's fun and the characters have a lot of depth.
It's hard to find a reason not to recommend this book to anyone.
Ubranzac
Haddon has remarkable insight into the real "modern family" with children in their 30's, parents in 60's--70's, and a young grandchild. Nothing that comes in this sometimes laugh-out-loud and sometimes cry-to-yourself, novel is expected - but the characters are fully familiar. Most readers will recognize most of the characters in their own lives. Haddon examines the pitfalls that we encounter in second marriages, relationships and retirement with a light touch but the result is a bit of a thrill and horror about reading what feels like what might be your own life.
Mr.mclav
I loved "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," and I didn't think "A Spot of Bother" could possibly live up to its predecessor. I was wrong. Amazingly, Mark Haddon's second book is even more brilliant than his first one. It also has a completely different feel to it than Haddon's first book, which makes it even more impressive.

"A Spot of Bother" is a hilarious look at the life of a dysfunctional British family. There's George, a recent retiree who is convinced that his eczema is actually cancer and slowly starts losing his mind. George's wife, Jean, is secretly having an affair with her husband's former colleague, David. Jamie, George and Jean's son, doesn't think his parents have accepted the fact that he's gay, and he's also having major problems with his boyfriend, Tony. Katie, George and Jean's daughter, has a young child from her disastrous first marriage and is about to marry Ray, a man that no one in her family can stand.

I really enjoyed this book. It's a comical farce with plenty of laughs, but it's also a touching family tale that all readers will probably be able to relate to on some level (which is a scary thought). I can't wait to see what Haddon writes next.
Sorryyy
Took a little while to get into and I am usually not one for stories about depressing people. However, I enjoy the truthful portrayals of how people think and act when depressed and panicked. I think that if you've ever lived in a dysfunctional family and/or lived/known relatives suffering from depression, A Spot of Bother is a relatable story. Lives moves on regardless of everyone's issues - large or small.
Daron
Having read and seen the theatre production of "The Curious Incident of the Dog at the Midnight" which I thought was fantastic I was really looking forward to reading "A Spot of Bother". I did so, and enjoyed it. I think that the author has an amazing ability to express the thoughts of so many diverse characters in a way that seems to make each character his own, though I must say It seems as if he has a fetish about toilets and bowel movements, something which does not appeal - in fact is off putting. But that does not detract from the over-all merit of the book.
Venemarr
If you have read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime,The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time you will simply love a Spot of Bother. Underneath everyone's everyday life lurk insecurities both large and small, and A Spot of Bother puts them on the line for us to examine. Do you think that affairs of the heart and mind happen only to 20 somethings in NYC? Think again. Do you think you are the only family figuring out how to cope with your out of the closet relative and your relationship with their significant other? Think again. Have a spot of hypochondria in you? Well, see what the end might be. This is a funny, ironic and totally true look at a slice of life that could belong to any of us. Bravo.
A Spot of Bother: a Novel ebook
Author:
Mark Haddon
Category:
Women's Fiction
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Publisher:
Doubleday; Advance Reading Copy edition (2006)
Rating:
4.2
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