Since I loved Haddon's earlier book (Curious Incident . . . ), I was initially very eager to read this one. But, when I read the discription, I lost interest--it sounds depressing and sort of boring. Well, I was wrong. After this book languished on my TBR pile for some time, I finally picked it up and was very pleasantly surprised. This book is funny and enjoyable. I really recommend it.
This author has a terrific sense of humor. Written from the perspective of each character, I cared about all the characters. I was hesitant about reading this because I liked The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time so much and didn't think a second book could live up to that one. This one did. I enjoyed it immensely and parts of it are laugh-out-loud funny.
This book started out so funny. Poor George, but ya know, I think almost anyone can identify with him. "Hey, there's a spot. What if it's poison ivy?" or "Hey, that mole looks a little weird. What if it's cancerous?". Oh, you know you do it too. We all do. We are all crazy, deep down inside.
Having said that, George and Ray are the only characters in this book I really liked. Jamie was okay, but the rest were utterly self-centered or unlikeable.
BUT. The story is funny. The ending is "meh" at best, but getting there is a great ride. It's definitely worth a read, but don't go in thinking it's going to be as deep or wonderful as A Curious Dog in the Nite Time. It's not. It doesn't suck, it's no... err... dog.
This is a book revolving around two very serious mental illnesses--anxiety and depression so you'd expect it to be well depressing. Instead, I found myself laughing out loud. Haddon draws his characters very sensitively.
An interesting novel, by the author of "The curious incident of the dog in the night-time", which delves into "messy" situations involving one family as they prepare for a wedding. The characters are very believable and may bear a resemblance to people the reader knows in his own family.
Haddon has great fun with the Hall family. George is retired, depressed and convinced that his eczema is cancer. Poor George suffers a breakdown, but who in the family can support him and help him through it? Wife Jean is having an affair, daughter Katie is waffling about getting married for the 2nd time and son Jamie needs to rethink his relationship with boyfriend Tony. We get perspectives from each flawed character as the book careens towards Katie's on-again off-again wedding.
A book about love and life with hilariously believable characters. Write more books for adults, Mark! We love 'em!
Fun read! Whimsical and serious all at the same time. My husband and I took turns reading this to each other and couldn't predict or wait until we found out what happened next. You could imagine hearing this story from a friend.
I admit that at the start of this book, I wasn't overly thrilled with it. Maybe it was somewhat due to British slang and terms (which I had to define by context, rather than knowing what it all meant). By mid-way through the book, though, it was hard to put it down. I was worried for George myself, but in a humorous way. I think this author has a great way of writing to capture most readers........ because most of us have had at least some of those crazy thoughts that George has had. George has that kind of Charlie Brown appeal. I'd highly recommend this book.
I wish my husband enjoyed reading, as he has two autistic boys. This book is a story of a boy who is most probably autistic, high functioning, and his feelings about life. I read it some time ago, so don't recall the exact plot, but I wouldn't want to give it away anyway. I recommend this book for any sensitive reader.
This abridged audio version of A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon is difficult to get into at first, mainly because the characters aren't all that likeable. However, you quickly become absorbed into the head of the family with all their quirks and idiosyncracies.
from The Washington Post...At 61, 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.