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The Smell of Other People's Houses

The Smell of Other People's Houses is simple at first, but begins to get more confusing as the lives intertwine together. At times it is a bit hard to remember who is linked to who, and how. It also gets bit confusing when swapping between people's lives because time gets a bit lost. At times, you're unsure whether it is all happening at the same time, or if you have gone backwards or forwards in time, however the ending is quite moving as everything comes together and makes sense. The contrast of the characters lives is told well, and also the difference between characters makes the book more interesting. The book is quite descriptive, yet the style of writing is very simple. The descriptions of Alaska, being on the boats and living in that time are detailed. The storyline is a mixture of original and standard ideas. It is original in the time and place it is set in, yet standard in the way that they all have problems that all get resolved in the end and everyone forgives each other. So, in this way it is a bit predictable but still a good storyline. Overall, I enjoyed this book more towards the end, as the beginning was confusing and rather odd.

Posted on: 8th May 2017 at 08:00 am

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