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A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon
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Oct 23, 2007

really liked it
Read in October, 2007

oh i loved this! haddon induces the same empathy for these characters as he did for the boy in curious incident, which is a much harder task considering that these characters are just flawed self-absorbed adults and not children suffering from mental illness. by flawed self-absorbed adults i of course mean me and you. he has a remarkable talent for dialogue and delivery, which is, to me, the trickiest thing to do well. you dont want to put it down, and you dont want it to end, and you so badly want for all of the characters to sort themselves out and love each other again. (the only thing i didnt like was the vast number of characters, many of them unnecessaryily mentioned in passing on page 21 and then casually referenced again on page 300 as if you are meant to remember them...although i think what he was trying to do there is create a conversational style...). its one of the few books ive finished and thought immediately, i will read this again one day. chock full of undeniable goodness.
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