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A Spot of Bother

Author : Haddon, Mark

george Hall Is An Unobtrusive Man. A Little Distant, Perhaps, A Little Cautious, Not Quite At Ease With The Emotional Demands Of Fatherhood Or Of Manly Bonhomie. The Secret Of Contentment, George Felt, Lay In Ignoring Many Things Completely. Some Things In Life Can’t Be Ignored, However: His Tempestuous Daughter Katie’s Deeply Inappropriate Boyfriend Ray, For Instance, Or The Sudden Appearance Of A Red Circular Rash On His Hip.at 57, George Is Settling Down To A Comfortable Retirement, Building A Shed In His Garden And Enjoying The Freedom To Be Alone When He Wants. But Then He Runs Into A Spot Of Bother. That Red Circular Rash On His Hip: George Convinces Himself It’s Skin Cancer. And The Deeply Inappropriate Ray? Katie Announces He Will Become Her Second Husband. The Planning For These Frowned-upon Nuptials Proves A Great Inconvenience To George’s Wife, Jean, Who Is Carrying On A Late-life Affair With Her Husband’s Ex-colleague. The Halls Do Not Approve Of Ray, For Vague Rea…

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recent Retiree George Hall, Convinced That His Eczema Is Cancer, Goes Into A Tailspin In Haddon’s (curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time) Laugh-out-loud Slice Of British Domestic Life. George, 61, Is Clearly Channeling A Host Of Other Worries Into The Discoloration On His Hip (the Spot Of Bother): Daughter Katie, Who Has A Toddler, Jacob, From Her Disastrous First-marriage To The Horrid Graham, Is About To Marry The Equally Unlikable Ray; Inattentive Wife Jean Is Having An Affair-with George’s Former Co-worker, David Symmonds; And Son Jamie Doesn’t Think George Is Ok With Jamie’s Being Queer. Haddon Gets Into Their Heads Wonderfully, From Jean’s Waffling About Her Affair To Katie’s Being Overwhelmed (by Jacob, And By Her Impending Marriage) And Jamie’s Takes On Men (and Boyfriend Tony In Particular, Who Wants To Come To The Wedding). Mild-mannered George, Meanwhile, Despairing Over His Health, Slinks Into A Depression; His Major Coping Strategies Involve Hiding Behind Furniture On All Fours And Lowing Like A Cow. It’s An Odd, Slight Plot-something Like The Movie Father Of The Bride Crossed With Poe’s The Tell-tale Heart (as Skin Rash)-but It Zips Along, And Haddon Subtly Pulls It All Together With Sparkling Asides And A Genuine Sympathy For His Poor Halls. No Bother At All, This Comic Follow-up To Haddon’s Blockbuster (and Nicely Selling Book Of Poems) Is Great Fun. (sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Edition : Reprint
Format : Paperback

$13.68

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ISBN13 : 9780307278869
ISBN : 0307278867
Date Published : 2007
Publisher : Vintage