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The Smell of Other People's Houses

I am about a quarter of the way through this book and I have found it to be very intriguing from the beginning; because 'The smell of other people's houses' has a different person's point of view in every chapter, giving a more detailed, well rounded description of what is happening and introducing more people to the story as well as showing other peoples' perspectives. We get to know the characters much better and find out more about their personal lives too. I like how the author uses smells to describe the atmosphere, feelings of the people and what the place is like. The smells also help us to understand how you could tell how wealthy or well looked after the person was; whilst it showed me a different style of writing compared to other authors because they tend to use the senses of sight, touch and sound more often.

The characters that I have met so far have all showed very different personalities and opinions on how their life is. The reader quickly learns how life was in Alaska 1970 and the author describes it extremely vividly, showing the differences of how poorer and richer people lived. I learnt a lot about how the parents effect their children and how they behave in what the parents do themselves. I have been finding it quite hard to put the book down and I have only started it today! One of the reasons for this it that the characters in the book live a very dissimilar lifestyle to mine, so I want to find out more and it is harder to guess what will happen next.

Posted on: 3rd May 2017 at 09:00 pm

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