Monday, July 16, 2012

The Red House

Holiday. Fans of literary fiction with a high tolerance for confusion and frustration are those most likely to enjoy Mark Haddon’s novel, The Red House. An extended and estranged family gathers for a holiday and Haddon unpacks their personal baggage with a mix of descriptive prose, witty dialogue and serial interior reflection by each of the eight characters. At times, I found myself re-reading a sentence to figure out what Haddon was describing. While his prose is often beautiful, it isn’t always obvious. Each character is struggling with something, and the change in location for a holiday along with new characters for interaction provide fresh ways for the struggles to be exposed. Read an excerpt before buying the book. Chances are the excerpt will test your tolerance and lead you to proceed or quit. Rating: Three-star (Recommended) Click here to purchase The Red House from

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