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alex collins, Gordano School

The Smell of Other People's Houses

I think The Smell of Other People's Houses was a mindful gentle paced story which cleverly incorporated 4 characters whosE lives interact in unique and remarkable ways. It's set in 1970s Alaska which largely met my expectations as being a small lonely town with interesting mixtures of new and old ways of life such as the hunting and traditions of the native Alaskans coexisting with the new technologies and culture of the European settlers.

It largely starts as a slow paced slightly depressing encounter of the characters lives, all with issues such as Ruth the character first introduced is brought up by her misrebal gran and later becomes pregnant and feels very isolated. Then we have the next character who is often unlucky and has an abusive father in prison. The third character is a girl who likes valley dancing but is forced to go fishing with her father as she is worried not going would upset him. lastly is a character who is trying to escape to Alaska with his brothers. the majority of the storeys consists of each of the characters struggling through life but towards the end they are all united in unique ways and their lives become good which i think is a nice ending.

Posted on: 18th May 2017 at 01:28 pm

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