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The Red House

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Couldn't stop reading.

Couldn't stop reading.

posted by justforyou on June 14, 2012

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10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Pretty disappointing, weird and boring

I always look for books by this author when at the bookstore. Loved Curious Incident, as well as Spot of Bother. But this book is just boring and weird. It's hard to keep track of what's going on, and at the same time, nothing is happening. Trudging through it still, b...
I always look for books by this author when at the bookstore. Loved Curious Incident, as well as Spot of Bother. But this book is just boring and weird. It's hard to keep track of what's going on, and at the same time, nothing is happening. Trudging through it still, but I'm not even sure I'll finish it.

posted by 13558557 on July 4, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    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.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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