Mar 12, 2010

A spot of bother

Mark Haddon.

Sometimes, you pine for books. You could spend years wanting them and never being in the financial league to acquire them. This is where we send up a loud cheer for second hand books :)

I found this one at a poky old sale. I'd been wanting it ever since the Curious Incident of the dog in the nighttime, and reading it has been immensely satisfying. First off, its not really in that league.But its nicely written, spectacularly funny sometimes and gives you a nice peek into someone else's head, which is what i believe every good book should do.

The book begins with George, an old married guy who finds a lesion on his hip. This sort of makes him wack-o and unhinges him progressively through the book. Its compounded with his daughter's impending wedding to a guy he doesn't exactly deem suitable, his gay son's boyfriend and his wife's affair with David. In the end, the book is about how all of these come to a head and how all the characters deal with their frustrations and anxieties.

A spot of bother is a good Sunday sort of read, where you don't expect Die Hard sort of action. and come away feeling satisfied. Its one of those relaxed reads, where you feel nice about the ending, cheer for the people and don't get pissed off at the guy for writing the book. Which is so much more than I can say for some of the crap I've been subjected to in the name of fiction.

Rating: 4/5
Vanilla Frappe :)


  1. I recently finished A Spot of Bother as well and I liked it. However I was glad I only spent $5 on it. It's a book I've read and probably won't read again in the near future. However after some time has passed it might be like an old CD I haven't listened to in a long time, but find that I still really enjoy. Thanks for the review! I'm glad someone else read it too.

  2. I hadn't heard of A Spot of Bother. I'm currently reading I'm Sorry You Feel That Way: The Astonishing But True Story of a Daughter, Sister, Slut, Wife, Mother, and Friend to Man & Dog. I checked it out from the library based solely on the name and am happy to report that, at least so far, the book is exceeding my expectations.

  3. Hey, I'm new to your blog (found you on 20sb), and love your blog already! I read Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime a while back, and hadn't heard much about A Spot of Bother. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Hey Fellas,
    Thanks for dropping bye.
    We have been sporadic in posting due to various reasons.
    We promise to post more!

    Yeah B, we are glad you liked it too.

    And LA & Alee, check it out! It's worth a read!