A Spot of Bother
Mark Haddon's first adult novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2003), left appreciative readers wondering what he could do as a follow-up. A Spot of Bother germinates from a troubling speck on the body of 61-year-old George Hall. This retired baby boomer is convinced that the... show more
Mark Haddon's first adult novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2003), left appreciative readers wondering what he could do as a follow-up. A Spot of Bother germinates from a troubling speck on the body of 61-year-old George Hall. This retired baby boomer is convinced that the nearly invisible token heralds the onset of cancer. When he is unable to convince family or physicians of his doubtful self-diagnosis, he spirals into near madness. As George is renegotiating his relationship with reality, his wife is cavorting with another man; his divorced daughter is contemplating remarriage; and his gay son toys with the idea of coming out in public. A three-ring domestic comedy handled with aplomb.
Publish date: September 5th 2006
Publisher: Random House Audio
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
I read this a few years ago, and really couldn't remember the details. But if I gave it 5 stars, it is pretty good. I do remember a lot of guessing between characters. A mixed of misunderstanding and miscommunication make it an anxiety story over nothing. Not much really happened in the story b...
Ich bin ja ein Fan von Mark Haddons Supergute Tage aber mit diesem Roman wurde ich einfach nicht ganz so warm, wie er es verdient hätte. Dabei kann ichs gar nicht so punktgenau fixieren, was mich gestört hat, denn der Autor kann wunderbar formulieren und auch Geschichten erzählen. Dieser unaufgeregt...
~~Moved from GR: down to 10/290!~~ A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon I picked up A Spot of Bother because of the delicious understatement of a title; it reminded me a bit of The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club, and I'm an Anglophilic sucker for that form of humour. To me, it feels like a very ...
Great narration by Simon Vance!
Firstly, I'd like to point out I have NOT read The Curious Incident.. but given the hype surrounding the author I was expecting big things.To be honest, if this was his first book we probably wouldn't know who Mark Haddon is. I am not sure it would even get published. It doesn't mean it's a complete...