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A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon

By Mark Haddon

A Washington submit Best ebook of the YearA Spot of Bother is Mark Haddon’s unforgettable follow-up to the across the world cherished bestseller The Curious Incident of the puppy within the Night-Time. At sixty-one, George corridor is settling right down to a comfy retirement. whilst his tempestuous daughter, Katie, broadcasts that she is getting married to the deeply irrelevant Ray, the corridor family members is thrown right into a tizzy. ignored within the uproar, George discovers a sinister lesion on his hip, and quietly starts to lose his mind.As mom and dad and kids crumble and are available jointly, Haddon paints a hectic but a laugh portrait of a dignified guy attempting to pass insane with courtesy.

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The first thing I did, though, was to strike up a conversation with somebody in the market and find out where the treasure house was. It turned out it was behind where the fort was being built, and I had been pretty close to it without knowing when I had watched the slaves work there. I went there to see it and hung around looking at it, and pretty soon I had a real piece of luck. Mules and soldiers came—there must have been a hundred mules—and the big doors were opened. Those mules had been carrying silver bars, each bar heavy enough to make a pretty good load for one man, and I got to see the soldiers unload them and carry them inside.

It was a job nobody wanted, because it meant you had to stand or squat there for hours, and the roll was a lot worse at the top of the mast. I loved it. One of the great things about my life has been that every so often I have really enjoyed something everybody else hated, and that was one of them. First off, I was all alone up there with nobody to hassle me. Another was that I could look up at the sky and way, way out to the horizon as much as I wanted. It was what I was supposed to be doing. That night there was no chop at all, just a greasy swell, and a million stars looked down at me.

I would not have wanted to sleep in that room in the winter, and it was up three flights of stairs. But when a man has gotten used to climbing the mast four or five times on his watch, stairs do not bother him. It was quiet and cool, too.

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