The Yacoubian Building

I know I saw a post from Gill here and even commented on it but can’t find it now. Anyway like you Gill I found the cast of characters confusing at times and constantly had to refer back to the, very helpful list, of characters for clarification. This is probably because, in my case, the names are rather difficult being unfamiliar. Also fairly off-putting was the constant switch in characters which, whilst adding an element of interest, caused a break in concentration and required some thought as to who the author was talking about and what they were actually doing at that point in the narrative. On the whole I found the story absorbing and was grateful for the conclusions although they came to rather an abrupt end. It was interesting to read about life ‘from the other side’ so to speak and I must admit it rather captivated me. I have limited experience of Egypt and its culture but have visited a few times to places like Alexandria, Cairo and the Nile area and I have to say the bribery, corruption and greed are all readily noticeable even from a tourist’s point of view. We were constantly harangued at every point for tips and I have even been asked, by officials, for the coins seen in my luggage by the x-ray machines. As for the sex, well I have to leave that to the imagination. I was surprised that such an explicit book was permitted in a muslim country and can understand why it was such a ‘hit’ at the time. Charlotte

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Mark Hadden

I’m not sure what revelations are revealed here about the human condition – the themes seem a bit old hat to me – I lost interest early on as I don’t really care about George. His first book A Dog in the N T was so unusual and new, so why has he reverted to writing the next Terry + June script for the 21st Century?

 

Jon

A spot of bother by Mark Haddon

Hi, I,ve been waiting for someone to comment on the above book so that I could reply but have waited in vain! Hope I,m doing this right.

I enjoyed the book; enjoyed the author,s style of short chapters.He portrays typical (disfunctional) family life, well. I liked George, the main character and felt sucked in to his story immediately.The spiral into depression, after his retirement, is portrayed well. He finds it more difficult to deal with family problem, becomes paranoid about his health and withdraws into his own world. I think the author has researched depression well.

The adult children have their own dramas but this doesn,t detract from the main storyline of George,s journey. All the threads are cleverly woven together at the end of this sad but comical book.

Gillx

A spot of bother by Mark Haddon

Hi, I,ve been waiting  in vain for someone to comment on the above book so that I could reply! 

I enjoyed the read and liked the author,s style of short chapters.He portrays typical, disfunctional, family life well, I thought.

I liked George, the main character, and felt sucked into his story from the start.His spiral into depression after retirement is described well. He finds it difficult to deal with family problems; becomes paranoid about his health and retreats into his own world. I think that the author has researched the subject well.

The adult children have their own traumas but this doesn,t detract from the main story line of George,s journey.

All the threads were drawn together well at the end of this sad, but comical story.

Gillx