I am a reader and book evangelist. For many years I have kept a reading journal with little descriptions of the books I read and dates I read them. Kind of a trail of book bread crumbs that chart my interests over a given course of time. This blog gives me a way to continue my journal and share my reading interests with others. My latest adventures in creating, dining, and traveling can be found at my website LindasOtherLife.com
Monday, August 06, 2012
The Red House by Mark Haddon
I am a fan of Mark Haddon's Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, so I was excited to get his new novel from the library even though my husband had downloaded the opening chapter and found it very confusing. For the first 100 pages I kept thinking he was writing the new Ulysses. And not exactly in a good way. The stream-of-consciousness, switching of narrators every paragraph made me crazy. Then I backed off, considered the challenge and did what I tell my students to do - keep a little chart of character relationships on a bookmark. Since the plot concerns an estranged brother and sister bringing their families together following the death of their mother to mend on holiday at a remote estate, the relationships are central. And messy. I finally let the syncopated rhythm of the book carry me and I learned - once again - that all families are both flawed and essential.