The Red House
An dazzlingly inventive novel about modern family, from the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-timeThe set-up of Mark Haddon's brilliant new novel is simple: Richard, a wealthy doctor, invites his estranged sister Angela and her family to join his for a week at a vacation home... show more
An dazzlingly inventive novel about modern family, from the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-timeThe set-up of Mark Haddon's brilliant new novel is simple: Richard, a wealthy doctor, invites his estranged sister Angela and her family to join his for a week at a vacation home in the English countryside. Richard has just re-married and inherited a willful stepdaughter in the process; Angela has a feckless husband and three children who sometimes seem alien to her. The stage is set for seven days of resentment and guilt, a staple of family gatherings the world over.But because of Haddon's extraordinary narrative technique, the stories of these eight people are anything but simple. Told through the alternating viewpoints of each character, The Red House becomes a symphony of long-held grudges, fading dreams and rising hopes, tightly-guarded secrets and illicit desires, all adding up to a portrait of contemporary family life that is bittersweet, comic, and deeply felt. As we come to know each character they become profoundly real to us. We understand them, even as we come to realize they will never fully understand each other, which is the tragicomedy of every family. The Red House is a literary tour-de-force that illuminates the puzzle of family in a profoundly empathetic manner -- a novel sure to entrance the millions of readers of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
Publish date: June 12th 2012
Pages no: 264
Edition language: English
Last summer, my spouse and I began to watch an old movie, The Red House, starring Edward G. Robinson and Julie London (she of the smoky voice: Cry Me a River). My spouse didn't like the beginning. Something about abusive behavior towards young women, I think. I got intrigued and decided I might try ...
I have to confess that I find Mark Haddon's style of writing quite difficult to get into. In fact I did give up on The Curious Incident... because I found it so hard going. However I stuck with The red House and, once I had got used to his style, I found it quite a good book. It is different from mo...
I read the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime a few years ago and loved it. Recently, my husband read it and also loved it. I was ebrowsing and stumbled on this and got very excited...I didn't know Mark Haddon had written anything else. Yippee! Turns out I was overexcited. I now know t...
The book was just confusing. The point of view often changed with no clear indication that it was now a different character. It was almost like the author submitted his free-writing exercise to the publisher and they didn't bother to edit it.