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10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.
Pretty disappointing, weird and boring
posted by 13558557 on July 4, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 3, 2012
Beautifully written, a complicated snapshot of ourselved and our families
I think its important to approach Haddon's books with an open mind in order to full appreciate the world he creates in The Red House.This book will not disappoint. Haddon has constructed a poignant tale of modern family, borrowing not from asburdtity, but rather, reality. He simply focues on a family vacation, providing us with just a small chunk of their lives. Yet, he manages to masterfully give us a story that gives us access to thir past and future. By allowing each to narrate in small snippets throughout the book, the reader gathers enough insight into the characters' lives to pass judgement on their actions.
And yet, I come away unable to pass judgement. It is so easy to be harsh on the brooding, bullying teen or the adultering father or the distant uncle. But as the story progresses and the singulair character narrations begun to merge into an all encompassing narration, it becomes diffficult to lay blame on anyone.
Rather, The Red House forces us to look inward. The reader will ruminate on their own family ties. How are families connected? How do bond? How do we remember? And, of course Haddon's lyrical language makes us ask, how do we connect ourselves to this present world?
In the end The Red House is really a successful novel because it manages to make an impact, encouraging the reader to continue thinking about these characters well after the last page is read.
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