A Spot of Bother - Review -Mark Haddon

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A Spot Of Bother - Review
Mark Haddon

A Spot Of Bother jumped onto the book scene thanks to Mark Haddon in 2006. Its his second book after the hugely popular “A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night” so he had a lot to live up to. The book its self is a great read with an open style of writing that makes it really easy to read. The story is fictional comedy. It is written in 3rd person so we see into all of the characters lives so we get a good sense of how they feel and what they get up to, which makes us as a reader feel involved in the book. The story is set around the city of Peterborough but we are unsure of the time, because Haddon uses the likes of videos instead of DVDs “George was propped up in bed watching videos” and the characters seldom use their mobile phones so the story could be based anywhere between the 1980s up un until now. The lack of use of mobile phones makes the story more interesting because the characters wouldn’t end up running all over the place trying to catch up with people, which certainly add to the comedy/entertainment aspect of the book.

Things are going well in George Hall’s life. He has just retired in the lovely English city of Peterborough. His children aren’t his responsibility anymore and his wife seems to be loving, and caring... Everything was perfect until he spots a growth called a lesion on his hip whilst on a shopping trip. George then jumping to conclusions decides he must have cancer, and even after his doctor tells him it's eczema, he realizes there can only be one solution: "He would have to kill himself." He says nothing about it to his wife Jean, herself a little annoyed that George's retirement makes it more difficult to carry on her affair with George's former colleague, David. George and Jean's daughter Katie, meanwhile, has just announced she's getting married to Ray, of whom everyone in the family disapproves, apart from the couple. Meanwhile we have Jamie, the homosexual brother of Katie. Jamie...
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