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.
The shared madness of these characters is over Katie and Ray's wedding. There's a great quote in the book that weddings are not about the people getting married. They're just the two little figures at the top of the cake. Weddings are about families.
This is one crazy, messed up family. Haddon writes this fictional family's madness so well that I'm curious to meet his family.
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