Family, that slippery word, a star to every wandering bark, and everyone sailing under a different sky.
After his mother's death, Richard, a newly remarried hospital consultant, decides to build bridges with his estranged sister, inviting Angela and her family for a week in a rented house on the Welsh border. Four adults and four children, a single family and all of them strangers. Seven days of shared meals, log fires, card games and wet walks.
But in the quiet and stillness of the valley, ghosts begin to rise up. The parents Richard thought he had. The parents Angela thought she had. Past and present lovers. Friends, enemies, victims, saviours. And watching over all of them from high on the dark hill, Karen, Angela's stillborn daughter.
The Red House is about the extraordinariness of the ordinary, weaving the words and thoughts of the eight characters together with those fainter, stranger voices - of books and letters and music, of the dead who once inhabited these rooms, of the ageing house itself and the landscape in which it sits.
Once again Mark Haddon, bestselling author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and A Spot of Bother, has written a novel that is funny, poignant and deeply insightful about human lives.
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Haddon achieves a remarkable mélange of streams of consciousness, snatches of books, music, TV, private thoughts, lists, letters, all intertwined with sharply observed vignettes of everyday banality, soaring flights of description (Carol Birch Guardian 2012-05-09)
A masterly evocation of two dysfunctional, yet outwardly respectable families (Jane Clinton Sunday Express)
Rather like with Alan Ayckbourn's plays, what makes The Red House engaging is the quality of the writing. From the first page in which the train carrying Dominic and Angela's family "unzips the fields", there is a vigor to Haddon's prose which carries you along. I read it twice, both times with enjoyment (Amanda Craig Independent on Sunday)
First and foremost an easy read. But it's not just that, it's also shockingly well-observed, gut-wrenchingly familiar and even heartbreaking at times ( Stylist)
The Red House - an adult novel set in Wales about a tortured family holiday, narrated equally the voices of children and adults - plays to all his strengths ( Vanity Fair)
The most keenly awaited book of the year - the superb new novel by the author of A Spot of Bother and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.
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Descrizione libro Jonathan Cape, 2012. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Brand New. 272 pages. 9.45x6.38x1.06 inches. In Stock. Codice libro della libreria zk0224096400
Descrizione libro Jonathan Cape, 2012. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0224096400
Descrizione libro Jonathan Cape, London, 2012. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. First Edition. A fine unread 1st impression in a fine dustwrapper, Signed and dated (4th June 2012) by the Author on the title page. Signed by Author. Codice libro della libreria 006613