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A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon
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Sep 07, 08

Read in September, 2008

Although this was enjoyable enough to read, I was still fairly disappointed in it, even taking into account the fact that I didn't expect too much out of it in the first place (for self-preservational reasons, since Haddon's first novel is one of my favorites). See, it turns out that the detached, observational tone of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, which I thought worked so brilliantly for that book's narrator, is actually just the way Haddon writes. All the time. Even though every chapter of this book was from a different character's point of view, all of their stories and emotions were presented in that (now familiar) flat, dispassionate manner.

So not only did A Spot of Bother fall well short of the precedent set by The Curious Incident, it also threatens to slightly lower my opinion of that book. Well, I just won't let it.
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