#21 - book club - A Spot of Bother

Saturday, November 23, 2013

For those of you that are following #BEDN - this post is meant to be about TV. However, I don't really watch TV, I'm more of a book lover :)

I finished A Spot of Bother snuggled up in bed this morning with a cuppa. Although it was a easy read it's taken me a while to get through - 503 pages!

A Spot of Bother
by Mark Haddon

A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon

My review:

When I started reading A Spot of Bother I had high expectations. Written by Mark Haddon, who is famous for his book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, I hoped to laugh, cry and overall be entertained by the comings and goings of the book's central characters, as promised by the reviews on the back cover.

Unfortunately none of the above really happened. Don't get me wrong - A Spot of Bother was not a bad book, it just felt a bit 'too clever for it's own boots', and really REALLY could have done with a bit more editing.

Centred around George Hall - a recently retired 57 year old man from Peterborough and his dysfunctional family, the story follows the lead up to George's daughters wedding and the drama that unfolds on the day. George is having what might be referred to as a 'late-life crisis' and is petrified of dying. Like The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, A Spot of Bother touches on mental health issues, raising the readers awareness and understanding - a real positive in my opinion.

The book had lots of lovely short chapters - 144 in total, with every chapter switching between a different characters (George, his wife, son, daughter, daughters fiancée) point of view.

While mildly entertaining I found the story predictable, unbelievable and a bit forgettable. A nice read, but if you ask me in a few months time what it was all about I probably won't be able to tell you. 

In short I wanted more.

2/5 claire stars

Want to know what else I've read? Here's my reading list:

Or read about my Book Club - the beginning here.
  1. if nobody speaks of remarkable things by Jon McGregor. 3/5 claire stars
  2. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. 4/5 claire stars
  3. Battle Hymn of the TIGER MOTHER by Amy Chua. 4/5 claire stars
  4. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. 4/5 claire stars 
  5. three to see the king by Magnus Mills. 3/5 claire stars

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