The Red House

The Red House

by Mark Haddon
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The Red House: A Novel 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Lexi42 More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Mark Haddon after The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and always look forward to his latest publication. He did not disappoint. Quirky characters that feel uncomfortable yet familiar. Definitely worth the read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not care for this book at all. Bided my time just to get through it . It was kind of jumbled up. I did not find that the characters were developed enough to connect with. When at the rare instance, something developed it was then undone with the authors droning on about nothing the next moment and for several pages with details out of left field. The family all stayed at a house together--- but nothing happened!!!! Even when introspection took place in the minds of the characters, it did not do much for their development nor benefit the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't stop reading.
GoldilocksOR More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Just when you think you understand one of the characters, you're shown another facet of their personality that will change your mind. This is a very wise book, that reveals how wrong our judgements can be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Haddon tries the multiple viewpoint novel here, but the viewpoints switch much more frequently than is typically done. It takes a little while to get your bearings because of that. However, he pulls it off well. The story is a small, but interesting one, about distant siblings and their families trying to holiday together. Better than most of the ratings it is getting.
avidreader66 More than 1 year ago
I have a problem. I have to finish each book that I start, regardless of how much I like the book or not. Not so with this one. I literally couldn't get past page 50. So boring, characters not developed at all. Jumping from one scene to the next in no reasonable fashion. Just awful. Returned it to the library and started Gone Girl and was hooked in two pages. Glad that I didn't waste any more of my precious time with this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't get into this book at all. There is no 'extraordinary narrative technique' as lead to believe in the description. Hard to follow. A disappointing buy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Regretable purchase
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I feel like I've been cheated out of $15. This book was BORING. It was about as interesting as reading a grocery list.
nfilmfan More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the characters' internal monologues in this novel.
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