Why I recommend "A Spot of Bother" — 6 years ago
It’s half past noon and I just got out of bed. When I continued with “A Spot Of Bother” after tucking myself in last night, I didn’t expect to read it to the end unti 0300! There were times when I had to stifle my laughs in case I woke up Nick.
Here’s “A Spot Of Bother” in a nutshell: George is going paranoid over a spot he found on himself and believing its cancerous. His daughter Katie is getting married a second time, but the rest of her family is not sure if Ray is right for her. George’s wife Jean is having an affair with his ex-colleague, and son Jamie has a bicker with boyfriend Tony because he’s not sure about them going to the wedding together.
I read “The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time” last year at a book club meeting, and I must say I enjoyed myself heaps!
This one was no different, and I guess it’s the characters that called out to me this time. There was such a realness to them, that they’re characters we’ve known at different times of our lives. It’s strange, but my outlook on my own relationships in life have also changed over the course of the book. I was having one of those "I do all the bloody laundry, I’m getting tired looking out for the both of us, and well, all the “Me, me, me” stuff going on.
Then as it went on, it made me realise what we take for granted with those around us, and need to be put into perspective.
Mark Haddon having been a screenwriter does explain why the book is so vividly readable, and I can imagine his books being interpreted as films. There’s a sense that you know what’s going on, just with the subtle observations that are made throughout the story. I’m looking forward to the next novel!