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The Red House

Nominiert: Sainsbury's eBook of the Year 2014

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Beschreibung

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.

Mitwirkende

Autor: Mark Haddon

Biographie Mark Haddon

Mark Haddon, geboren 1963, lebt in Oxford. Er wuchs in Northhampton auf und studierte in Oxford. Anschließend arbeitete er sechs Jahre mit geistig oder körperlich behinderten Menschen zusammen. Er schrieb verschiedene Kinderbücher; für seine Drehbücher wurde er zweimal mit dem BAFTA-Preis ausgezeichnet.

Anmerkung

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.

Rezension

"A beautiful object that will grace any holiday home's unfixably wobbly bedside table. 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. Haddon writes superb books for children, teenagers and grown-ups, and gets every voice in this one dead right. He is also a master craftsman, so this complicated narrative moves with the speed and certainty of released, unhappy holidaymakers hitting the homeward road. So shove this in your holidaying bag. You may have made a mistake with the booking, but you won't with the book" Susan Jeffreys Independent