Haddon’s “A Spot of Bother”

Good book overall. We follow the Hall Family as it’s patriarch, George, thinking he has skin cancer, slowly goes crazy. George’s wife, Jean, and son Jamie deal with daughter Katie’s upcoming nuptials, while also managing to make a complete mess of their own love lives.

The one problem I had with this book is that it seemed to have two main climax points, which made the second “real” one somewhat anticlimactic. Maybe that’s the just the way I read it, but that’s the way I read it so…

When I finished I found myself missing the characters a little bit as I had just gotten to know them. I think we all find this to a certain extent  with good books and maybe television and movies. I get it more with books though because in a book there is no outside interpretation (i.e. actor, director, etc.) that goes into a character and that can influence it. With a book the character is what the author makes them and how the reader interprets them. With movies and such I find, part of at least, whether you like the character or not depends on whether you like the actor or actress playing them and if you don’t then, it will all go to shit.

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Writer living in Toronto. "Sneak out of your window darling, let's live like outlaws honey." View all posts by jtkwriting

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