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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Audiobooks (Aug. 31 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846570743
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846570742
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 3.5 x 13.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alixe on Aug. 24 2008
Format: Paperback
A Spot of Bother: A Novel I enjoyed this novel and was quite taken by the various emotions it stirred up in me. Indeed, it seemed to me as an accurate depiction of someone going not quite insane. It also accurately depicted how complicated relationships can be. I realize that many, many novels address this issue, but "a spot of bother" tackles it brilliantly. Often funny yet somewhat sad, this is definitely a thought-provoking story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NorthVan Dave on April 15 2009
Format: Paperback
I'm not really sure what to say about this novel.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reader Writer Runner TOP 50 REVIEWER on May 30 2011
Format: Paperback
In "A Spot of Bother," the follow-up to Mark Haddon's "The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Nighttime," protagonist George Hall becomes convinced that his eczema is actually cancer. He launches into a psychological tailspin while trying to channel a host of other problems: his daughter, Katie, is raising a toddler and is engaged to the unlikable Ray, his wife, Jean, is having an affair with George's co-worker and his son, Jamie, has been dumped by his boyfriend. Haddon does an amazing job of getting into the head of each character, intimately describing Jean's waffling over her affair, Katie's overwhelmed state as a single mother and George's depression. The book is hilariously odd but also touching and it leaves the reader with a genuine sympathy for poor George.
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By ELI (Italy) TOP 500 REVIEWER on Dec 20 2008
Format: Paperback
The painful anatomy of a family, with a funny side to it. And for those who, like me, have already read and appreciated `The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time', this is a very different book by the same author.

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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