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The Smell of Other People's Houses

‘The Smell of Other People’s Houses’ was a book told from the perspective of four different people, who were all linked to each other in one way or another.

In all honesty, I was not expecting the book to be what it was: the fact that it was set in 1970 Alaska, a time when Alaska was in its early years of statehood, already intrigued me, as it was a period of history that not only did I know very little about, but didn’t know existed. I also enjoyed Hitchcock’s style of writing, which made it easy for me to delve into what life was life for those living in Alaska in 1970, which helped me to understand some of the problems that the characters faced.

On the other hand, I disliked the fact that the book was told from the perspective of four different characters. Not only did it prevent me from getting to know the characters as well as I would have done if there were less perspectives, I also found that the connections between them blurred the differences between the characters, as by being all intertwined they seemed to weirdly be like one person, which again hindered my understanding of who the characters were and what they were like. I have to say that all these different perspectives spoiled the story for me, as they made it difficult for me to follow what was going on.

In conclusion, I did enjoy reading ‘The Smell of Other People’s Houses’, maybe not as much as other shortlisted books, and would advise anyone who is going to read it to try and establish the differences between the four perspectives as early as possible.

Posted on: 27th May 2017 at 01:31 pm

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