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View all 3 comments. Sep 06, Lormac rated it liked it. The best way for me to review this book is to write the review like Haddon wrote this book — sort of a stream of consciousness flowing from the minds of the eight people in the house of course, mine will just be from my mind, but I think you will get the idea: Does every 18 year-ol The best way for me to review this book is to write the review like Haddon wrote this book — sort of a stream of consciousness flowing from the minds of the eight people in the house of course, mine will just be from my mind, but I think you will get the idea: Does every 18 year-old boy think about sex this much?
Oh God, I live with a teenage boy! Who is Hadrian exactly? Why does he have landscapes in Wales named after him? No, no, ghost of myself, I need to get through this and see what happens, if anything.
Love some of the imagery in this book — Haddon has a wonderful descriptive gift, and in between the lame plotting, there are some gems I want to stop and write down….
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Need to make a grocery list as soon as I finish this chapter. Should I get the farfalle pasta or the campanelle? Maybe get penne as it cooks faster…. Wait a minute, Richard lives in Edinburgh?
Why does he have an English accent on the CD? Are these people English or Scottish? Why are they in Wales, again exactly? Clearly, in the British Isles, there is a lot of extra-marital sex going on, or do I just not know what is going on in my neighborhood? If you enjoyed this review, then you will love this book. Aug 31, Rebecca McNutt rated it it was ok Shelves: While the premise to this novel was deeply interesting, The Red House is not only confusing and choppy in style, but also irritatingly difficult to relate to or even really stay immersed in.
It wasn't necessarily the story itself so much as the writing style and very predictable, simple characters. Their connections and troubles are clearly written out yet there's very little complexity to them, nor is much of their inner thoughts or emotion shown. I did like the basic plot of the book, but the w While the premise to this novel was deeply interesting, The Red House is not only confusing and choppy in style, but also irritatingly difficult to relate to or even really stay immersed in.
I did like the basic plot of the book, but the writing is a bit pretentious and rambles on with long, drawn-out observations to the point where it hinders the story from continuing. It ended up seeming much longer than it really was. Once again Mark Haddon demonstrates his remarkable ability to hone tight, true and fascinating glimpses of humanity through the simplest and most mundane of situations.
The Red House is enjoyably engaging, with a deep dark undercurrent; a beautiful blend of the mundane and esoteric in the most everyday of circumstances. An extended family spend a first holiday together in a rural cottage. Estranged for 15 years, Richard and his sister Angela meet again at their mother's funeral, then Richard invi Once again Mark Haddon demonstrates his remarkable ability to hone tight, true and fascinating glimpses of humanity through the simplest and most mundane of situations.
Estranged for 15 years, Richard and his sister Angela meet again at their mother's funeral, then Richard invites Angela and her family to share a family holiday near Hay on Wye.
The Red House is a ship of fools story in which not very much happens on the outside, inside the heads of the characters lies a whole other world; everyone - of course - has a secret, a trauma, everyone has their own demons to exorcise and to say more about any one of them would be to spoil.
As so often with Haddon's work, it's the child who has all the best lines. An omniscient point-of-view takes us into the minds of each character as an individual, and Haddon's trademark misunderstandings - each individual never truly sees the motivation of any of the others - run like a dark thread through the intricate tapestry of the whole, emphasising the solitude of each human existence.
Everything is graced by Haddon's astonishing writing. The detail of a week in a Welsh cottage, blighted by rain and unrelieved boredom, is exquisitely described: Seventy miles per hour, the train unzips the fields. Two gun-grey lines beside the river's meander. Flashes of sun on the hammered metal. Something of steam about it, even now. Hogwarts and Adelstrop. The night mail crossing the border That train smell, burning dust, hot brakes, the dull reek of the toilets.
View 2 comments. Apr 28, Jill rated it really liked it. It would be very easy to dismiss The Red House as just another book about dysfunctional families. The premise is familiar: What elevates this book above the standard dysfuncti It would be very easy to dismiss The Red House as just another book about dysfunctional families. What elevates this book above the standard dysfunctional family novel is a surprisingly amount of insight and an innovative narrative thread.
It is, quite frankly, a bit confusing in the first 50 pages or so; points of view change frequently, characters jolt against each other to take their turn in the spotlight, and a sort of cacophony results. At first, I was fearful that the innovative format would overshadow the plot, themes, and character development. What a husband should be. What a father should be. Gradually, we begin to know these characters and their private aches and pains.
Angela is haunted by the death of her firstborn daughter on the eve of what would have been her 18th birthday. Her surviving daughter, Daisy, is involved with an unfeeling Christian sect, which is keeping her from discovering the truth of who she really is. Richard and Louisa are vying to understand each other and create more intimacy. And Angela and Richard? As this symphony reaches a crescendo, we see true growth in each character; each realizes an important truth about living to take forward, in a real, not manipulative way.
Mark Haddon has taken chances with his illumination of the trials of this family and for the most part, his risk pays off. View all 6 comments. You could imagine hell being like this. Not the fire, not the press of devils, but a freezing unpeopled nowhere, the heart desperate for warmth and companionship, and the mind saying, Do not be fooled, this is not a place.
Mark Haddon's Red House is an inventive narrative of a dysfunctional family soap opera. It focuses on the uncomfortable holiday where everybody want it to end and the semblance of a family falls apart at the seams when they are forced to interact. The book follows 8 character You could imagine hell being like this. The book follows 8 characters, their thoughts and actions, slipped in without any preamble and for the reader to make sense of. Richard and Angela are siblings meetings after the death of their abusive mother.
Richard invites her family after the funeral for a vacation to the middle of nowhere so that they can get to know each other better. The narrative is simple enough though it needs a bit of getting used to. The characters are human after all. At the end of the vacation, nothing much changes, except some resolve to be better humans. So what was the point of the entire book? I am guessing, this is the drama of life without the concept of happy ending.
A very average fare from the author of The curious incident of the dog in the night time.
Aug 12, Laurel rated it did not like it. I now have a new book that I can say is the worst book I have ever read. I say "read", but actually only got to page 84 before I started scanning, hoping there was something worthy of merit about this book.
I scanned to the end and was thoroughly disappointed that I'd spent good money to buy this awful bit of literature. It seems Haddon was riding on the success of that previous wonderful I now have a new book that I can say is the worst book I have ever read. It seems Haddon was riding on the success of that previous wonderful book to get this published.
It was clever, intelligent and decent. I gave it 5 stars. This book is slimy, dirty, raw and boring. I never like seeing the f-bomb in writing. Mark Haddon seems to think he's a grown-up now--so he has some pathetic license to use it and other 4 letter swear words like adjectives.
I could identify with none of his characters except Angela. He makes Daisy out to be a religious fanatic because she has chosen to be a Christian. Dominic is a cheating husband. Richard, a rich doctor, is a pompous creep with the values of an alley cat.
Melissa is a pothead and a bully who nearly caused a girl to commit suicide. Alex is a teenage rapist and sex addict. I forced myself through the first part of the book hoping the plot or the characters would capture me enough to wade through it. He uses fragmented sentences, loosely connected descriptions in endless paragraphs. He seems to think the use of quotation marks to denote speakers is unnecessary, because he relies on italics for quotes, or thoughts, or book passages. I will end with a quote from Julie Luekenga who also reviewed this book.
I fight against these movements with every book I write. The emperor really was naked and trendy writing styles with little story line doesn't make a book good. Aug 21, Sarah rated it it was ok. Unfortunately for those of us who loved The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Haddon's newest novel has little of the spirit, compassion, and basically none of the humor that the earlier book had.
Haddon describes simple acts--driving through the countryside, eating a meal--and complex emotions--guilt, fear, anger--with prose both confusing and pretentious.
Lists that disguise themselves as short chapters and a stubborn refusal to use quotation marks did not help. I would have quit a Unfortunately for those of us who loved The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Haddon's newest novel has little of the spirit, compassion, and basically none of the humor that the earlier book had.
I would have quit after fifty pages, but I was on a plane with nothing else to read. I am glad I kept going, as I eventually found the small story of an awkward family on vacation to be compelling if not beautifully rendered and I quickly learned to skip the lists. There were even a few glimpses of that compassion I so admired from Curious Incident, particularly in regard to the teenaged characters.
A sexually and religiously confused girl is rebuffed by her social superior with cruelty, and Haddon manages to find sympathy for both of them. Siblings are shown to be remarkably kind to one another, and it doesn't read as sentimental or outlandish. But while the portrayals of suffering kids are nuanced and satisfying, the adults are pathetic and nasty and drooping.
I can forgive a nasty character, or even a pitiful one. But a boring character, or rather, four of them? No, thank you. Stick to writing about kids, I say. There's nothing wrong with literary YA, and in fact, we could use a lot more of it. Apr 30, Bonnie Brody rated it it was ok.
Unfortunately, this novel, The Red House, disappointed me greatly. The writing is very self-conscious and it is difficult to get a sense of the story which is obfuscated by the writing itself. Basically, the story is about a brother and a sister who have been together only one time in fifteen years, at their mother's funeral. The brother, Richard, is a physician and quite wealthy. He has just remarried a woman with a child and has a sixteen year-old step-daughter. The sister, Angela, is married to a man named Dominic who thinks very little of her and at one point states, "She disgusted him now, the size and sag of her, the veins on her calves, almost a grandmother.
Richard offers Angela and her family a vacation with him and his family and Angela agrees without consulting Dominic. Angela and Dominic can not afford a vacation. The vacation is like those of many dysfunctional families. The style of the book has short pieces of writing told from different points of view.
Generally, I was bored. The gist of the story is buried in language that has to be torn apart to find the essence of what it is all about. I think that Mr. Haddon was trying to be poetic but fails in this novel.
It actually takes away from what the story is about and does not make it poetic at all. I wish I could have said more complimentary things about this book but I truly wish I had not taken the time to read it.
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I loved "curious incident" and "spot of bother" and I couldn't wait to get my hands on Mark Haddon's New book, "the red house". I have to say that I was disappointed by it. It did not deliver on humour, which I was fully expecting, and my immediate reaction to the prose was that it seemed as though Haddon was hoping for a book award of some sort with is arty fatty air.
This was the work of someone who was just trying too hard. And it didn't work. I did not enjoy having to wade through various st I loved "curious incident" and "spot of bother" and I couldn't wait to get my hands on Mark Haddon's New book, "the red house".
I did not enjoy having to wade through various streams of conciousness which, as far as I could tell, did not belong to any particular character. I did not enjoy 'reading' the contents of the books the characters were reading. I wanted dialogue and I wanted action. The plot took a while to develop, and while it explored some incredibly interesting points: This book fell far below my expectations. Come on, Haddon, give us something good, in the style of "spot of bother"!
Jan 21, Prom rated it did not like it. I will start with the good points. I finished reading it so now it gets to count toward my goal for the reading challenge. Seriously though I picked up this book because it was in my recommendations. Im an avid reader and this was very difficult for me to read. Im not a "trendy" person or a "hipster" by any means even though, Im pretty sure, trendy and hipster are the same thing so maybe thats why I couldnt really grasp the 1 writing style, 2 character development, 3 existential ponderi I will start with the good points.
Im not a "trendy" person or a "hipster" by any means even though, Im pretty sure, trendy and hipster are the same thing so maybe thats why I couldnt really grasp the 1 writing style, 2 character development, 3 existential ponderings 4 over-dramatic descriptions of absolutely non-important fillers. What I mainly could not grasp was the way a thought would bounce from one character to the next with no warning to the reader.
I had to re-read several things several times to be able to even make sense of it. And the absolute unrelated listings of such random things!! Lists upon lists were just thrown in for whatever reason, not ever once making any sense in the story line or fitting within any sort of concept.
When I read, the story comes to life. I literally can see the story played out in my mind like a movie. Some of the characters become so real to me that by the end of the story, Im sad to part with them. For every description of place and time and person, I could not clearly see one character in this story.
It sort of felt like the author compiled several "deep" essays, mixed in a struggling plot, coated with a theme, and turned it over for public consumption. At the end of the week long holiday, none of the characters had grown or developed at all. Not my cup of tea. Perhaps because Im too dense to get it. I wont be reading anything else from this author and I would not recommend it to anyone. I admire Mark Haddon. You have to admire someone who wrote a fantastic book, then a film for TV, then a book of poetry, then a novel.
He hasn't followed a straight line, it seems like he has continually challenged himself and his art. With this new book he attempts to blur the line between poetry and novel. While I do admire his attempts, I would also question the wisdom of never sticking to one thing long enough to perfect your work.
Many writers' first book is not their best, and I would think b I admire Mark Haddon. Many writers' first book is not their best, and I would think by sticking to one genre you could learn things and develop.
This book is a disaster. I have read every book Haddon has written until now but unfortuantely I will be cautious before ever reading another word. Told in eight alternating viewpoints, each character of the book sometimes has as little as one paragraph before we jump to the next character's paragraph, or we jump into a book someone is reading, or we jump into a poem someone read in or a TV show someone saw once, again only for a paragraph.
I doubt there is a writer alive that can balance eight destinct voices and random thoughts along the way and have the audience be able to continue to tell who the heck is talking. The more important question is I think why. Why would you want to break up your story that much? With the narrative flow gone and the reader's time spent guessing who's talking and who is who in relation to each other, or even if the person talking is a person, you really have no vested interest. May 11, Caroline Taggart rated it it was amazing.
Personally, I thought A Spot of Bother was underrated, but whether or not you liked that The Red House comes close to the achievement of A Curious Incident — and in a sense surpasses it by getting inside the head not of one but of eight troubled characters. The sister, Angela, is unhappy in her marriage and still mourning a stillborn daughter who would have been 18 this week; her husband Dominic is seen by almost everyone, including himself, as a bit of a failure. Add three teenagers and a much younger boy…… Lots of minor and major trauma and no slick, pat ending.
I found the first few pages difficult, as the narrative jumps between the eight characters in a more or less random way, but once I was used to that I was engrossed and finished it in a day.
Apr 11, Guy Portman rated it it was ok. However I was very disappointed and have to confess that I only read about a third of the book. The Red House employs a stream of consciousness style, which has been successfully employed by a number of authors, Brett Easton Ellis probably being the preeminent contemporary example. However for me at least the problem was that The Red House was written in the first person from the perspective of a myriad of different characters and as I was only reading the book intermittently during my free time, I found it near impossible to follow.
Many readers have marvelled at Haddon's ability to alternate between the mundane and the poignant. However I would argue that The Red House merely alternates between the mundane and the thoroughly confusing. View all 7 comments. Jul 07, George rated it really liked it. There are a lot of reasons not to like this book: As a result, the book can come across as choppy, confusing, and self-consciously artsy.
They say terrible things to each other, they do terrible things to each other, and, just to make sure that all of the bases are covered, Haddon lets us know the terrible things that they think, even if they're never said or acted upon. Yet, despite being quite aware of all this, and knowing that by themselves each of these issues has been enough to stop me from liking other books in the past, I rather enjoyed this one. There were times when I felt a little irritated with Haddon's jumping around, particularly when he threw me into one of those lists whose significance I honestly couldn't determine.
But, at the same time, I felt the book flowed surprisingly well, like jumping from one log to another whie making your way downriver. As for the unlikeability of the characters, I think that one of the things that appealed to me about Haddon's A Spot of Bother , as well as about this book, is that there is an honesty in the weaknesses of his characters and I find that I am able to connect with them, even if I don't like them.
Finally, yes, family dysfunction can be a grating backdrop for a book.
Do we really want to read about siblings bickering, parents trying in vain to connect with their children, people hurting other people? A book about that kind of thing has to bring something else to the table, and I think Haddon does that here. But, at the same time, I find it hard to argue with the many people who seem to have been left lukewarm or worse by the book. Jul 06, Lynda rated it it was amazing. When you have a blockbuster first novel, it is often difficult to live up to your own hype.
The pressure is great to great something equally great and unique. Mark Haddon had limited success with his second novel, but it got mostly luke war reviews. His third novel, The Red House, proves that Haddon is the author everyone said he could be after his first book. This is a quiet book. There are no dramatic plot twists, no car chases or murders, yet you will find yourself needing to turn the page, t When you have a blockbuster first novel, it is often difficult to live up to your own hype.
There are no dramatic plot twists, no car chases or murders, yet you will find yourself needing to turn the page, to read just one more section. He has written 8 distinct characters complete with traits and flaws so familiar to society as a whole. The plot revolves around the families of two adult siblings, Richard and Angela. After the death of their mother, Richard offers to take both families on holiday in Wales so that they can all get to know one another again.
The style of the novel jumps you from one person's thoughts and actions to another. You feel as if you might know each of these characters and in truth you probably will know someone like each of them. There is Richard, the doctor, who has brought his new wife and 16 year old daughter, and is dealing with a pending lawsuit at work and his own mortality at home. Angela is facing her own mother's death, the death of her still born daughter 18 years earlier, her husband's unemployment, and her growing children.
Each character wonders through the Welsh countryside looking for something, and sometimes finding it, although more often discovering more questions in the process.
As with Curious Incident, even the most serious moments in the book are told with a light-heartedness that will make you smile. A most enjoyable read. May 01, Ariel rated it it was ok Shelves: Thank you to Doubleday with providing me a review copy of this novel. While I quite enjoyed that novel, sadly I cannot say the same here. It was only through sheer force of will that I was able to drag myself through it.
The novel is about Richard and his estranged sister Angela sharing a vacation home for a week with their respective families. Richard brings his new w Thank you to Doubleday with providing me a review copy of this novel. Richard brings his new wife Louisa and hell on wheels step daughter Melissa. Angela 's baggage consists of one cheating husband, daughter Daisy who is in the mist of questioning her sexuality, sex obsessed son Alex, and youngest son Benjy.
The chapters are each headed with the day of the week and we are subjected to each characters thoughts on that particular day. Frankly I could not wait until Friday when they packed their crap and headed back to their miserable messed up lives. One of the problems for me with the narrative is that we are thrown in to the characters thoughts without any background on them.
It is very confusing and leaves you disconnected. Even though a lot of shocking things are revealed about the characters through out the week the whole thing comes off as boring.
I didn't care about anyone in the story. It was rather like being stuck in some horrid family reunion with a bunch of relatives that you have never met and don't care the slightest about. The only thing that I enjoyed about this book was that it cured me of my insomnia.
Every time I tried to read it I was out like a light. On the other hand, an author cannot write the same book over and over. I did enjoy this book and found the way people thought and the characters fascinating. The downside is a bit that the book tends to get tedious. Jul 07, Erin Clemence rated it it was ok. And I'm being generous. What the hell did I just read? What I got, was none of the above.
To try and rekindle the relationship with his estranged sister, Angela, R 2. To try and rekindle the relationship with his estranged sister, Angela, Richard invites her and her family to a vacation home in the English countryside. Richard is newly married to Louisa, and he is slowly learning how to adapt to having a new stepdaughter, Melissa.
Angela decides that the getaway will be a good place to re-bond with her husband, Dominic, and to try and form some understanding of her three children again, all the while trying to remain civil with her brother and dealing with her own demons of grief and loss.
To be honest, this format was challenging to follow and I could not form a proper relationship with any of the characters. Not that the characters were that great to begin with….. Richard is a pompous ass, Melissa is a snarky bitch, Dominic is a patsy, Angela is crazy, Alex is a pervert and Benjy has some serious emotional attachment issues.
This book almost made it to my DNF list. Plus the novel was short and relatively easy to read. The novel simply ended, without celebration or excitement, and that pretty much sums up the entire novel. Jun 10, Kristen Beverly rated it liked it Shelves: Bring Up the Bodies. Hilary Mantel. The Newlyweds. Nell Freudenberger. The Uninvited Guests. Sadie Jones.
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