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A Spot of Bother
by Mark Haddon

Published: 2006-09-05
Hardcover : 354 pages
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George Hall is an unobtrusive man. A little distant, perhaps, a little cautious, not at quite at ease with the emotional demands of fatherhood, or manly bonhomie. He does not understand the modern obsession with talking about everything. “The secret of contentment, George felt, lay in ...
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George Hall is an unobtrusive man. A little distant, perhaps, a little cautious, not at quite at ease with the emotional demands of fatherhood, or manly bonhomie. He does not understand the modern obsession with talking about everything. “The secret of contentment, George felt, lay in ignoring many things completely.” Some things in life, however, cannot be ignored.

At 61, George is settling down to a comfortable retirement, building a shed in his garden, reading historical novels and listening to a bit of light jazz. Then his tempestuous daughter, Katie, announces that she is getting re-married, to the deeply inappropriate Ray. Her family is not pleased – as her brother Jamie observes, Ray has “strangler’s hands.” Katie can’t decide if she loves Ray, or loves the wonderful way he has with her son Jacob, and her mother Jean is a bit put out by all the planning and arguing the wedding has occasioned, which get in the way of her quite fulfilling late-life affair with one of her husband’s ex-colleagues. And the tidy and pleasant life Jamie has created crumbles when he fails to invite his lover, Tony, to the dreaded nuptials.

Unnoticed in the uproar, George discovers a sinister lesion on his hip, and quietly begins to lose his mind.

The way these damaged people fall apart – and come together – as a family is the true subject of Haddon’s disturbing yet amusing portrait of a dignified man trying to go insane politely.

A SPOT OF BOTHER is Mark Haddon’s unforgettable follow-up to the internationally beloved bestseller THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME. Here the madness – literally – of family life proves rich comic fodder for Haddon’s crackling prose and bittersweet insights into misdirected love.

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by JooCho (see profile) 03/08/17

 
  "Family Falling Apart Together"by floydsbo (see profile) 09/04/12

Lovely read with laughter and fury. As with any family, their blind inability to see each other and themselves as they are, not as they once were, is frustrating, funny, and lovely to watch. Enjoy the... (read more)

 
  "I couldn't put the book down!"by cindyb (see profile) 04/24/09

I wanted to know what was going to happen to George. The author made the characters so vivid you almost felt like you knew them! On the surface they seemed like such a normal lovely family but like most... (read more)

 
  "George finds a spot on his hip to focus all his anxiety on while his family starts to fall apart on the brink of his daughter's second marriage. It all comes together.....sort of."by bibliovore (see profile) 04/23/09

I really enjoy this read. Readers please do not be put off if you don't enjoy British writing because this story is so elequently written you will fall in love with it instantly. The charac... (read more)

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