Mark Haddon | A Spot of Bother

by - March 29, 2015

A Spot of Bother
by Mark Haddon

At sixty-one, George Hall is settling down to a comfortable retirement. When his tempestuous daughter, Katie, announces that she is getting married to the deeply inappropriate Ray, the Hall family is thrown into a tizzy. Unnoticed in the uproar, George discovers a sinister lesion on his hip, and quietly begins to lose his mind.As parents and children fall apart and come together, Haddon paints a disturbing yet amusing portrait of a dignified man trying to go insane politely.

It all began when George was trying on a black suit in Allders the week before Bob Green's funeral.

A very entertaining and intelligent "page-turner"--- a rare combination of traits. The story is told in four unique viewpoints --- Katie with dominant character getting married, Jamie who was not ready to totally commit into a relationship, Jean who was having some bit of extramarital adventures, and George who was going mad because of a pot of bother -- it succeeds in evoking an emotional connection with the characters because the viewpoints is as mashed up as the personalities of the characters. This is my first Mark Haddon book, and from what J told me, this might be a good introduction to his work to start with, and not get me disappointed. Which was not true in my case. I was fairly disappointed with the start of the book. It was too slow for me. I struggled to finish it for 3 weeks in between of 3 other books I was reading then. I was more interested on reading when the alternating-POV story started to quietly go mad and loudly sane about family, relationships, and death. The layers of repression and confusion was the one that pulled me back in and finish it. Over all, I have to say that Mark Haddon has an interesting way of working up a story about relationship, and death and what goes in people's head, and the crazy things they do because of it.

Original Title: A Spot of Bother
ISBN 0307278867 (ISBN13: 9780307278869)
Pages: 368

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