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

The Light Between Oceans

As I am asked to expand my comment of ‘Light Between’, I can only repeat my bleak emotional feeling about the story. It is regarding the writing as well as the content. The writing is without a metaphoric aspect, appearently not intended. It’s just as Bennett’s writing was a plethora of meanings. And the content: you can only hope for an eternal life with rewarding justice; and I don’t believe in it. Therefore, the story made a deeply depressing impression on me.

Franz

The Light Between

As I am asked to expand my short comment of ‘Light between’, I can only repeat my bleak emotion about the story. It is regarding the writing as well as the content. The writing is without any metaphoric aspect, appearently not intended. It’s just as Bennett’s writing was so full of a plethora of meanings. And the content: you can only hope for an eternal life with rewarding justice; and I don’t believe in it. Therefore, the story made a deeply depressing impression on me.

Franz 

pecreadinggroup

In my view, ‘Light Between’ is a straight story about good people destroying their lives in deciding between two different good acts. I miss greatly Bennett’s humour and imagination. The outcome is simply tragic and sad, despite the avoided hanging or years-lasting imprisonment. The late arrival of Lucy-Grace doesn’t help either. A dismal story. I wonder, what others feel about?

Franz 

Loving Bennett

Loving Bennet at the moment. The first story: The Laying on of Hands, is so minutely observed. It’s feels like an essay on human nature. His voice is of light touch parody always works well in the setting he chooses. Fave bits so far include: The plump priest with ‘Romish inclinations’ whose frame caused his cloak to ‘swish’ – which people in the slum parish didn’t seem to mind.

What do you guys think?

Jon