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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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  • Posted May 9, 2009

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2008

    Brilliant.

    This is officially my favorite book. Although its a little bit slow at the beginning, Haddon soon engulfs you in the story. I especially enjoyed the character of Tony:)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2012

    Another Mark Haddon winner

    After enjoying "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time" and "The Red House" by Haddon, I ventured into "A Spot of Bother". I was not disappointed. Mr. Haddon does a great job of character development. "A Spot of Bother" examines the dynamics of a somewhat disfunctional family. It is an interesting read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2008

    Witty and Great

    I absolutely adored this novel. Such a great read that I could not put it down. I felt as though I had a true connection with each of the characters and had an honest concern for every single one of them. I felt a very strong connection with both George and Jamie. A bit wordy and slow to begin with but definately a delight once it engulfs you. I cannot wait for Haddon's next!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2006

    Great British Humour

    Absolutely wonderful read. Superb writing, had me laughing out loud, couldn't put it down.

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