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The Red House by Mark Haddon
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Sep 09, 2012

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I had a hard time adapting to the writing style. Very stream of consciousness with the perspective shifting from character to character in a matter of paragraphs. It's the story of an estranged brother and sister and their families taking a holiday together after the death of their mother. Each person has a secret or a struggle (or both) they are dealing with. None of the characters grow much over the course of the week, which is understandable, but I still felt there should have been more forward movement. Most of the characters seem doomed to be stalled where they are. There was what I thought would be an interesting turn in events around page 75, but it was never really developed.

...he keeps a little row of postcards along his shelf at home. Buttermere, Loch Ness, Dartmoor. Not so much windows onto places he would rather be but onto ways he would like to feel. (p. 95)

...and what she saw when she looked at Richard was not his success but her own failure. (p. 101)
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