Wednesday, 15 August 2007
A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon
Yes he of "The curious incident of the dog in the night-time" fame - which I thought was wonderful by the way and which by the other way is the only reason I bought this book.
If that is the only reason you are going to read this book then don't bother. Let me explain, this isn't a bad book but it is a very different book from the "Night-time Dog" one. So to start with you are going to be disappointed in that respect.
This is in fact a cross between "A bit of a do", "Our friends in the north", "One flew over the cuckoos nest" and any soap opera I imagine showing (but must admit not to watch any of them - this opinion judged from the odd tv trailer and conversations in the office) on the TV at the moment.(take a deep breath)
Lets be fair; Yes it is funny, O.K. it has lots of short chapters which give the illusion of it being a page turner (same technique as Da Vinci Code? i.e. get them turning lots of pages and they will think it is a page turner) and yes, it is well written in a very easy to read and engagingly style. Ultimately its disappointing because it is neither the "Night-Time dog" nor as good as it. Yes they are both unfair expectations on my part, but there you go. What are you going to do?
Ultimately a lightweight, funny, engaging but forgettable tale.
2.5 stars out of 5 - mainly because this is not my cup of tea.