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The Red House by Mark Haddon
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Aug 15, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: family-issues, fiction
Read in August, 2012

I appreciate the technique/style Haddon used to write this book - all of the characters offer their own point of view in a stream of consciousness type of way and in short passages/paragraphs. The problem is that this gets old because the story is boring and the characters are irritating. I don't need 264 pages of family drama, angst, anger at each other, affairs, middle age, and sibling animosity if nothing really happens. Yes, it's a character study, but it's a droll one that doesn't really go anywhere. The characters don't like themselves, so how am I, the reader, supposed to care about them? Perhaps Haddon is a one hit wonder with his Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time because the two books he's written after that charmer have been sub-par. It takes more than a cool technique/schtick to make a good story.

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