AUDIO: A SPOT OF BOTHER Audio Cassette – Aug 31 2006
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Language:Chinese.Paperback. Pub Date: 2006 Publisher: Audiobooks George Hall of does not understand the modern obsession with talking about everything. 'The secret of contentment George felt. Lay in ignoring The many things completely.' Some things in life. However. cannot be ignored. At fifty-seven. George is settling down to a comfortable retirement. building a shed in his garden. reading historical novels. listening to a bit of light jazz. Then Katie. his tempestuous daughter. announces that she is getting remarried . to Ray. Her family is not pleased - as her other Jamie observes. Ray has 'strangler's hands'. Katie can't decide if she loves Ray. or loves the wonderful way he has with her son Jacob. and her mother Jean is a bit put out by all the planning and arguing the wedding has occasioned. which get in the way of her quite fulfilling late-life affair with one of her ...
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On the one hand it had all the elements of a story that I would like. Great character development. Good plot. Cleanly written so that the story made for a fast read. Short chapters so again, it felt like a fast read. And likable characters, especially the main protagonist George.
So if I liked all these traits of the book then why am I on the fence as to where I stand with this novel? Well for starters the book dragged on. And on. And then on again. I mean there were parts of the book that I was reading, saying to myself "enough already. Just get on with it." And I'm afraid that I found myself saying this more often than not as I made my way through this book.
So what's the book about? In short it's about a family and its dysfunctions. You have George who thinks everything is wrong with him and his health. Then there's his wife who is having an affair. Don't forget the son Jamie who is gay. And of course the daughter Katie who is getting married to a guy the family doesn't like. All of which makes for a rich tapestry of story telling.
The book is definitely not as entertaining as Haddon's first novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. However it was an entertaining read. If you're looking for a Corrections type novel, then by all means give this novel a read.
George, the father, has retired and seems content with his pressure-free life. His wife Jean is mightily distracted by some private matters and the organization of the wedding reception for their daughter Katie, who is getting married for the second time. Her parents disapprove of Ray, the future son-in-law and Katie herself is starting to have doubts. Does she want to marry Ray because she loves him or because he seems to be a very good and reliable provider for herself and her son Jacob? Meanwhile Jamie, Katie's brother, is having problems with his boyfriend Tony. His parents are aware of the relationship but an invitation to the wedding seems inappropriate given the fact that none of the other relatives/friends know about Jamie's homosexuality. Jamie himself is not sure whether he wants Tony to come to the wedding or not.
The buzz & fuzz of the wedding preparation go almost unnoticed by George, however, as he discovers a problem on his body. Almost simultaneously and by pure coincidence, an entirely different matter, of a different nature but very disturbing indeed, comes to light. Unbeknownst to all, he starts to slowly disintegrate psychologically.
Among the tragicity of some of the episodes, the author was able to combine the intricacies of the mind and soul of the Hall family, with an easy and accessible narrative. Many hilarious and funny moments dot this novel without lessening the emotional impact. Very well done.
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I don't undertand why people have liked this book... I must be missing some funny gene or something because I did not even enjoy reading it.Published on Dec 11 2008 by Jessie Karam
George Hall is the main character in Haddon's latest book "A Spot of Bother." Thoroughly English, though assessible to those of us who aren't, it is a perfect next book to follow... Read morePublished on Sept. 25 2006 by Griffy Buc