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Kirndeep, Brooke Weston Academy

The Smell of Other People's Houses

So, the first thing that struck me about this was the title - it's intriguing. This book is set in Alaska 1970s, Alaska has just become a state of the US. Personally I didn't think that the author explored the characters enough, there are so many possibilities left. The chapters in different perspectives were quite short and I didn't gain a proper understanding of the characters until later.

I loved the setting of this book and Hitchcock really described the atmosphere very, very well. Throughout the book I learnt a lot about the culture and ways of the natives in Alaska.

The author has hinted at major issues in society like: racism, rights of indigenous people and abuse. I just think that these were not explored fully. However, the last few chapters of the book I enjoyed the most and the warmth that emanated from the book was extraordinary.

Posted on: 7th June 2017 at 07:20 pm

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