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Sunday, April 15, 2007

A Spot of Bother: Mark Haddon

Family drama by the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. Every character in this fractured family is sympathetic, which makes their conflicts and miscommunications seem both funny and sad. My hero is Ray, the daughter's unpopular fiance, who tells his future father-in-law (as he picks him up from the hospital after a botched self-surgery fueled by codeine and alcohol), "you might just be the sanest one in this family." I laughed out loud at least five times.

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  • I enjoyed reading "Curious Incident." I'll add this to my list. Thanks.

    By Blogger evt1618, at 11:02 AM  

  • I'm late to the party, but this was a great book. That was my favorite line by Ray, too. It's one of those books where the characters retain their basic humanity, where even when they're acting poorly you can understand why they're acting poorly.

    By Blogger a.rust, at 10:31 AM  

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