This book follows George, a retired father and husband who finds a lesion on his hip and, despite what his doctor tells him, is convinced that it is c...moreThis book follows George, a retired father and husband who finds a lesion on his hip and, despite what his doctor tells him, is convinced that it is cancer. The story develops as George slowly begins to lose his mind. Meanwhile, the rest of the family are preparing for daughter Katie's wedding to Ray, a man they don't like very much.
I loved this book; it was very funny and felt slightly voyeuristic. It was kind of like a car crash - you feel that you shouldn't be looking (or in this case reading) yet you can't help but watch as the drama unfolds. There's nothing quite like reading about mental decline to make you realise how lucky you are to be sane!
The characterisation of George was great; the nature of the book allowed for an in-depth look at his thoughts and so I really got to know him. I also liked the way the book was written from different viewpoints - it allowed for exploration of the other characters, which wouldn't have been as easy had the book been just George's view.
I could relate to the family drama. I think that Haddon did a great job of capturing the dynamics of a family unit - the fact that you can't live with them and can't live without them. He showed that they may not get on with each other 100% of the time, however they pull together when the going gets tough.
This isn't really a book about mental illness, certainly not in the serious sense of the term. This is more about looking at what happens when you blow something hugely out of proportion. It is light-hearted and very witty novel and I loved it.
I'm looking forward to reading more from this author. (less)
I had wanted to read this for a while and so when I came across it in the library it seemed like the perfect time to read it. I'm be coming a big fan...moreI had wanted to read this for a while and so when I came across it in the library it seemed like the perfect time to read it. I'm be coming a big fan of graphic novels and this one is another to add to the list of the ones I've loved. This book is just brilliant!
I'd heard great things about this book from a few people and I was not disappointed. The author takes a sensitive subject and manages to tell the story with humour, compassion and, most important of all, she makes it interesting. I found the author's portrayal of her father to be sympathetic, yet it was obvious how hurt she was with the things that he did and said and with the fact that she really didn't get to know the true person behind the façade before he died.
The artwork and writing work perfectly together and neither overshadows the other. The writing was great and the artwork was so detailed that I felt myself lingering over each frame because I didn't want to miss any bit of the detail!
I was sad when this book ended as I could have easily read more. I will definitely be looking out for her collection of cartoon strips - Dykes To Watch Out For.(less)
I really couldn't decide between 3 and 4 stars for this one.
It took me a while to get into this book, but once I did I couldn't put it down. The plot...moreI really couldn't decide between 3 and 4 stars for this one.
It took me a while to get into this book, but once I did I couldn't put it down. The plot was a little slow at the beginning but it definitely picked up and once it did the pace was great.
The characters fell a little flat for me. I couldn't really connect with Thomas, the main character, and the other characters were not particularly well fleshed-out. I find it hard to get into a book when I don't engage with the characters and so this marred my reading experience a little. Maybe it's because I read this so soon after reading the final book of the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, which has much better characterisation.
Overall though, the pace (of most of the book) and the suspense won out for me and I did enjoy it. I will almost certainly pick up the next book because the ending made me want to know what happens next!!(less)