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Elin , Bryanston Carnegie Club

The Smell of Other People's Houses

The smell of other peoples houses by Bonnie-sue Hitchcock, so far has been an interesting read. It began with the story of a person called Ruth. Her background was given in the prologue, of which some parts would be considered slightly different to modern day society in the western world. As she talks quite graphically of how she liked to kiss the heart of the deers her father used to kill. However this does draw one to read more and see if the rest of the book would be like this. She describes a part of her life, where she lives in Alaska. She lives with her Gran and a little sister in poor accommodation. She talks of the people she meets and how they interact. After her story has finished, one by one others tell their stories. Firstly Dora then Alyce followed by Hank, though I am yet to hear the perspective of Hank . One thing in common between all of them I find is that they all have faults in their lives. None of their families are what is considered normal, as either the parents are no longer in the picture, or if they are they are not very reliable. This leads me to wonder whether this is what brings them together in the rest of the book. I have found the book interesting, however I prefer books which are gripping throughout, and this book has a slower pace compared to books I usually read. Though this is not to say that it is not a good book.

Posted on: 9th May 2017 at 08:34 am

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