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The Red House by Mark Haddon
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Jun 22, 12

bookshelves: bleakfiction
Read in June, 2012

Haddon has an astonishing ability to move in and out of his characters' thoughts, his prose often curving close to the unconscious. His is a bold curious kind of storytelling. I completely enjoyed being in the midst of his two pained and damaged families, enjoying the small moments of redemption and even the characters who couldn't quite be redeemed. But most of all I just enjoyed the reading, which was a kind of lucid dreaming.


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message 1: by Jim (new) - rated it 3 stars

Jim Coughenour Just read Tom Shone's review in the Sunday NYT. I'd call it maybe a 3-star review – but my 3 stars are much more pleased than his. I find Haddon highly entertaining, I enjoy his stream-of-consciousness narration that dips in and out of his character's heads like a will-o-the-wisp. As for Shone's rhetorical question "do people really crack so many jokes in the privacy of their own heads?" – I answer Yes.

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