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A Spot of Bother

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Well worth the bother

Don't be put off by the cover - it's quirky and the characters are engaging. Wish I could have gotten it as an audio book - I like the laugh out loud moments it provides.

posted by DC_Love_the_Book on May 9, 2009

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

"A Spot of Bother" was an impulse purchase. I was betr

"A Spot of Bother" was an impulse purchase. I was betrayed by a clever title and a three word review on the cover: "Brilliant ... Very Funny".
The characters are from Central Casting for a television sitcom, like a subset of "Modern Family"...
"A Spot of Bother" was an impulse purchase. I was betrayed by a clever title and a three word review on the cover: "Brilliant ... Very Funny".
The characters are from Central Casting for a television sitcom, like a subset of "Modern Family".
The main character is the clueless, recently retired man who dissolves into dysfunctional paralysis.
The wife loves her husband, but is having an affair with her husband's former business colleague. Will she stay or will she go?
The daughter is a sharp tongued, quick tempered single mother who has agreed to marry a nice man who is financially stable and good with her boy. Her family thinks her fiancee is not very bright and she doubts that she loves him.
The son, of course, is gay, in a relationship with the perfect man. Even so, he fears commitment.
Each chapter is told in the first person by one of the characters as everyone trudges slowly toward the wedding. Each character finds their life disintegrating in unbelieveable ways.
Pure sitcom heaven. Unfortunately, there isn't a funny line in the book.
And yet, I don't hate the book. Overall, it is pleasant enough.
The book is long at 503 pages, but it is a quick read. Each chapter is short. There are 144 chapters. You can finish it in a couple of days. But you would probably enjoy watching a movie or football game more.

posted by Roger_Knight on January 8, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2010

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    A Change Of Pace

    The author deserves credit for taking his writing in a very different direction. The temptation to follow up a critical and popular success with a work of similar style must be great. The only similarity in Mark Haddon's books is originality.

    This book's central character is a middle-aged, middle class man from middle England. His retirement results in a life crisis that shakes his grip on reality. Each member of his family's reaction to his state, and their various personal crises make up the narrative flow of the novel.

    The plot is well crafted and reminds me of a comedy of manners, with a very contemporary twist. There are memorably graphic episodes which may be unsettling for some. I trust the author to craft each detail of his work in a way that fully explores the subject at hand.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2008

    Almost five stars

    A friend recommended this to me. His wife is British and he had a strong connection to the way the characters in the book respond to one another. Starts off a bit slow but then you can't stop reading and caring about what happens to each of the characters. Makes your own life feel a bit less complicated in comparison.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2007

    Wonderful!

    I listened to the audio on a recent trip, and Simon Vance did an outstanding job as reader, voicing the different characters in a way that was distinct but not distracting. The story is funny, the characters are engaging, and Mark Haddon's typically British understatements had me laughing out loud on a regular basis. Loved it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 9, 2012

    Freshstripe

    ( To hunter. Still cant die!!) TO FEATHERPAW LET ME KNOW WHEN YOU GET HERE!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2007

    A Great British Farce

    A clever, engaging story that weaves it's characters and their antics into a real fun farce.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2006

    Scratch The Surface and You Will Be Surprised

    The comings and goings of a family and all their issues is the basis for this very good read. Each character has their own point of view and you wonder how they ever lived together in one home. As their issues are exposed and the layers of their lives fall away, the thread of who they are is very clear and each one is interesting and strong and someone you might want to know. While some issues are a bit blurred, it all becomes clear at the end and with no total solution...the family flourishes and begins to regroup. A potpourri of emotions and personalities that is really very interesting.

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