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A Spot of Bother

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A Washington Post Best Book of the YearA Spot of Bother is Mark Haddon’s unforgettable follow-up to the internationally beloved bestseller The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. At sixty-one, George Hall is settling down to a comfortable retirement. When his tempestuous daughter, Katie, announces that she is getting married to the deeply inappropriate Ray, the Hall family is thrown into a tizzy. Unnoticed in the uproar, George discovers a sinister lesion on his hip, and quietly begins to lose his mind.As parents and children fall apart and come together, Haddon paints a disturbing yet amusing portrait of a dignified man trying to go insane politely.
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A Washington Post Best Book of the YearA Spot of Bother is Mark Haddon’s unforgettable follow-up to the internationally beloved bestseller The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. At sixty-one, George Hall is settling down to a comfortable retirement. When his tempestuous daughter, Katie, announces that she is getting married to the deeply inappropriate Ray, the Hall family is thrown into a tizzy. Unnoticed in the uproar, George discovers a sinister lesion on his hip, and quietly begins to lose his mind.As parents and children fall apart and come together, Haddon paints a disturbing yet amusing portrait of a dignified man trying to go insane politely.
Product Details
Paperback (368 pages)
Published: August 14, 2007
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Imprint: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307278869
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  • Het begon toe George een week voor de begrafenis van Bob Green een zwart pak paste bij Allders

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  • It began when George was trying on a black suit in Allders the week before Bob Green's funeral.

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  • Het was natuurlijk te jong. Bob was eenenzestig. En het zou zwaar worden voor Susan en de jongens, ook al bloeide Susan wel op nu ze zelf haar zinnen mocht afmaken (p. 7).

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  • 1. The human mind was not designed for sunbathing and light novels. Not on consecutive days at any rate. The human mind was designed for doing stuff, making spears, hunting...

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  • Hij sloeg de bladzijde om en stond op om de kurkentrekker te pakken.

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  • He turned the page and stood up to find a corkscrew.

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