Saturday, April 20, 2013
The Red House
The Red House is written in a stream-of-consciousness style that I found confusing. I had to keep rereading sections to determine whose thoughts I was seeing on the page. That said, I soldiered on and as the characters revealed themselves I became more adept at sorting the voices. Mark Haddon has mastered the art of nailing the root causes of family dysfunction. I didn't like any of these people better in the end but I was glad that they didn't suddenly solve their relationship problems over the course of a few days together. That would have seemed false and the strength of this novel is that the relationships ring all too true. The lesson, if there is one, is that the past cannot be ignored despite the best of intentions.