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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Book Review: A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon

Mark Haddon is the author of one of my all-time favorites The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The book club I am a part of suggested this one for July (so I'm early for once).

I was a bit nervous about reading it because I didn't want this book to ruin Mark Haddon for me. I was concerned about a sophomoric curse (although he's written more, so it would be 'sophomoric' for me).

Thankfully, I didn't have to worry about that. Mark is an amazing storyteller of a different genre...you know, dealing with madness!

Where The Curious Incident...dealt with autism, this one deals with a mental illness. It is never revealed what the mental illness is and only alludes to, perhaps, a lingering mental illness, but it is a pretty intense account.

George is truly the main character although we do meet, in first person, George's family: Jamie, his gay son; Katie, his daughter who is debating her impending marriage; and his cheating wife, Jean.

And then what transpires can be considered quite comedic if it wasn't for the fact that there's alway question as to what George will do next. His mental delusions are way out there and at some point in the book, he attempts to remove 'a spot of bother' which was one of the most difficult thing I've ever read in my entire life...and that's just reading it NOT SEEING it.

The family is quirky at best but in so many ways, very relatable to my family experiences...or stories of friends' family experiences. Kind of scary when fiction becomes more and more the reality these days...

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