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Katie Spurgin, de Stafford School

The Smell of Other People's Houses

I thoroughly enjoyed ‘The Smell of Other People’s Houses’. The novel as a whole intertwines and links beautifully, with simple yet brilliant connections between the four main characters. Traditionally, authors focus on the visual descriptions of people and places in order to portray the story. In ‘The Smell of Other People’s Houses’, however, Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock uses smell ingeniously throughout the novel. I found this exploration of senses incredibly effective with the different smells, which where judiciously selected, having relevant and effective connotations in order to portray the emotions and aura of the characters and places. I loved the realistic nature of the book but also how the style was quirky and different.
On a separate note, it was interesting to see- as a reader- how Hitchcock incorporated the true history of Alaska into the novel. This gave the reader context and allowed us to understand the events of the time from a first person perspective.
To summarise, I would highly recommend ‘The Smell of Other People’s Houses’ and I truly enjoyed reading it.

Posted on: 9th June 2017 at 12:55 pm

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