THE RED HOUSE MARK HADDON EBOOK
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The red house [electronic resource (EPUB eBook)] / Mark Haddon. The set up of Mark Haddon's brilliant new novel is simple: Richard, a wealthy doctor, invites. eBook . Once again Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and A Spot of Bother, has written a novel that is funny, His most recent novel, The Red House, was published by Jonathan Cape in "Mark Haddon is terrifyingly talented The Red House is thoroughly engrossing and enjoyable entertainment" (Angus Clarke The Times) "Shockingly.
Family — "that slippery word, a star to every wandering bark, and everyone sailing under a different sky" — has become his speciality.
The Red House
The novel opens impressionistically, introducing eight people speeding towards the same spot by train and car. Images rush past windows, glimpsed and gone.
The destination is a self-catering holiday cottage near Hay-on-Wye, where there will be "Scrabble, a tatty box in some drawer, a pack of fifty-one playing cards, a pamphlet from a goat farm". And, of course, rain. The week's holiday has been arranged by wealthy, middle-aged Richard, attempting to reconcile with his long-estranged sister Angela in the wake of their mother's death.
As adult children of emotionally damaged parents, their shared past has left them with different impressions and sympathies, as well as a raft of baggage which has impacted on their own families. Richard is married to second wife Louisa, a pretty fortysomething from a few rungs down the social ladder; Angela's spouse is Dominic.
Jaded, beset by financial worries, their marriage has declined into a state of loveless habit.
They bring along year-old Alex, aching with testosterone, year-old Daisy, who has recently found God, and eight-year-old Benjy, a fearful child struggling with the first pangs of existential angst.
Richard and Louisa are accompanied by Louisa's teenage daughter Melissa, minx and bully, a little madam diligently hardening her carapace in preparation for life. Eight people who hardly know each other stuck together for a week: a timeless scenario. We know there will be crushes, quarrels, jealousies, undercurrents.
Alliances will rise and fall. Numinous evocations of the landscape join the mix, meditations on the old house's history and past inhabitants, its physical and qualitative place in reality. Watching over it all from the hill above, projected there by the unresolved grief of her mother, is the ghost of Karen, "little monster, features melted into the centre of her face".
She was the stillborn daughter of Angela and Dominic, who would have turned 18 during the holiday week. Narrated in turns by each character, The Red House is an extraordinary portrait of the complexities of family life, and of eight very different people coming together and falling apart over the course of a week.
Whether he is writing about the teenagers A unique approach to family life and human relationships. Read it! The cover feels like a cracked china plate, decorated with a clever re-working of the willow-pattern; like the contents, it is subtle and clever.
Haddon writes superb books for children, teenagers and grown-ups, and gets every voice in this one dead right.
He is also a master craftsman, so this complicated narrative moves with the speed and certainty of released, unhappy holidaymakers hitting the homeward road.
So shove this in your holidaying bag. You may have made a mistake with the booking, but you won't with the book.
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His characters — the whole befuddling gaggle of them — are unquestionably felt, and felt for, and even loved. Haddon has created a family whose problems feel warmly immediate and utterly contemporary.
An effortlessly engrossing and richly rewarding read. He's never shied away from the difficult subjects and he deals sensitively with a child's burgeoning homosexuality but his real skill, his genius is in his understanding of mental problems, that disassociation between the mind and the brain.
It's a book which is so right in every small detail but a gem when taken altogether. The eight of them have their own secrets, longings and resentments which only make them as human as you and I.The prose is immersive, as "everyone in their little worlds" start to fall apart just as they barely begin to come together. Richard is married to second wife Louisa, a pretty fortysomething from a few rungs down the social ladder; Angela's spouse is Dominic.
Hardcover , pages. It goes on like this for many more lines -- I'm not sure what it's supposed to be -- descriptions of all that's going on in the world, while these 8 people try to make sense of their lives? Rifts and magma chambers. Tom Rachman.