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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.
What could go wrong?
A week after their mother's funeral Angela receives a call from her brother Richard inviting her for a week's holiday in the Welsh borders. Families included. Angela and Richard had spent twenty years avoiding each other, and can't remember why.
But fissures soon appear. Dominic, an out of work musician, is wary of the wife he doesn't love any more.
Richard is hoping that something will be resolved or mended or rediscovered over the few days, but his sister has an anger he can't fathom. The teenagers circle each other cautiously. Eight-year-old Benjy is more intent on throwing sheep poo. Over the course of the week the eight must not only contend with each other but also the lives they have left behind — the actions and secrets that quietly invade the house and the holiday to devastating effect.
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.
However, the other day my mother rang me up and told me that my father had recently read The Red House and she had just started it, and so it occurred to me that now might be the time to take action and stop anyone else having to read it ever again.
The novel is about two families united by estranged siblings who are trying to reconnect with one another after the death of their ferocious mother. The house seems to know quite a lot of poetry, and it talks like a travel guide written by James Joyce.
What is one supposed to make of a passage like this: Louisa works for Mann Digital in Leith. Or what about this: Richard slots the tiny Christmas tree of the interdental brush into its white handle and cleans out the gaps between his front teeth, top and bottom, incisors, canines. He likes the tightness, the push and tug, getting the cavity really clean, though only at the back between the molars and pre-molars do you get the satisfying smell of rot from all that sugar-fed bacteria.
Judy Hecker at work.
Awful breath. Ridiculous that it should be a greater offence to point it out.
Arnica on the shelf above his shaver.