What's Eating Gilbert Grape

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  • Title: What's Eating Gilbert Grape
  • Author: Peter Hedges
  • ISBN: 9780671735098
  • Page: 164
  • Format: Hardcover
  • What s eating Gilbert Grape is just about everything and everybody his mothere, who has been eating herself to death since his father s suicide his Elvis fanatic sister who is following her example his little sister Ellen, the town beauty and his brother Armie, the town retard A heartwarming, exhilarating debut novel by a very gifted young writer.

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    1. Endora is where we are, and you need to know that describing this place is like dancing to no music. It’s a town. Farmers. Town square. Old movie theater closed down so we have to drive sixteen miles to Motley to see movies. Probably half the town is over sixty-five, so you can imagine the raring place Endora is on weekend nights. The bright side for me is difficult on mornings like these. There’s no escaping that I’m twenty-four years old, that I’ve been out of Iowa a whopping one whole [...]

    2. What's Eating Gilbert Grape originally came out when I was in high school. As per my mother's rule, one had to read the book before viewing the movie so I read the story of the Grape family before venturing to watch the film starring Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio. Peter Hedges created many memorable characters in small town Endora, Iowa, also known derogatorily by Gilbert as Endora of the line. A touching story about a dysfunctional family wasting away as their mother Bonnie eats herself int [...]

    3. “You can tell the idyllic nature of a family by the upkeep of its picnic table. Ours is its own indictment. We are splintering and peeling. We rot.” – Gilbert GrapeBefore Jonathan Safran Foer was the talk of literary circles for writing Everything is Illuminated at such a young age, there was Peter Hedges. What's Eating Gilbert Grape is his profound post-coming-of-age novel about twenty-four year old Gilbert Grape, a grocery store stock boy living in the tiny town of Endora, Iowa. Grapplin [...]

    4. ***NO SPOILERS***What’s eating Gilbert Grape? In short, a lot:-His general ennui and restlessness in tiny, dead-end Endora, Iowa-His morbidly obese mother-His mentally handicapped brother-His romantic relationshipThis is not all. Further topics Peter Hedges wrote about are as follows:-Economic depression-Adultery-Sudden death-Family shame-SuicideIt’s too much, and it’s What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’s biggest flaw. Nevertheless, Hedges didn’t explore these to an equal degree. Endora is [...]

    5. Gilbert Grape lives at home with two of his three sisters, Amy and Ellen, and one of his two brothers, Arnie. Arnie is mentally handicapped and depends on Gilbert for a lot. So do his sisters, but Arnie's dependence is draining. Then there's Gilbert's momma. She also lives with them and is poifectly huge. Like hundreds of pounds worth of huge. She was once the prettiest girl in Endora where all the Grape family home is located, but now not. The whole Grape clan is just counting the days to Arnie [...]

    6. From a passage in the book where Momma is talking to Gilbert about motherhood/creastion: "I see you and I know that I'm a god. Or a goddess. Godlike! And this house is my kingdom. Yes, Gilbert. This chair is my throne. And you, Gilbert, are my knight in shimmering armor.""Shining, I think, Momma, is what you mean.""No, I know what I mean. You don't shine, Gilbert. You shimmer. You hear?. You shimmer!"My dictionary defines shimmer as a verb and as a noun: to shine with or reflect a soft, tremulou [...]

    7. You know what makes me hang my head in shame?The fact that I didn't know this book was a book until earlier this year.I am not even kidding. Yes, I am a librarian and have been for a really long time and still, I had no idea this was a book.So much shame for me.My ridiculous excuse that I just now made up to make myself feel better about my prior ignorance: This came out in 1991 and I had been in college for a year and was getting the hang of things and really buckling down to study and such. I [...]

    8. One of the few books where I enjoyed the movie version more. Here are some unsettling things about the book version that got left out of the movie:-Gilbert is kind of an asshole, especially the way he constantly refers to his brother as "the retard." Not even Johnny Depp could have made that a likeable trait.-Becky, Gilbert's love interest, is fourteen. He is in his mid-twenties. They do not sleep together, but they definitely want to, and it is creepy. -Glbert's younger sister goes on a date wi [...]

    9. From :Gilbert has to care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother, which gets in the way when love walks into his life.

    10. You don’t shine, Gilbert. You shimmer. You hear? You shimmer!Like many before me, for a long time I had no idea that there was a book upon which one of the most important movies of my adolescent years was based. The story of the Grape family in the novel is more realistic, while all the characters are simply more human. There aren't that many good people in the little town of Endora, and Gilbert falls rightin between the white and the black.[]there’s nothing worse than being told you’re go [...]

    11. I felt honored to be allowed inside Gilbert's head, because he always says the opposite of what he's thinking, and doesn't let anybody inside his head. His distance from everyone let's him look at them in a light untouched by positive regard or optimism. He shares with the reader the brutal truth of what he's thinking, which is often guiltily hysterical.Even still, you know there's a heart somewhere in there by the way he looks after Arnie. It was one of the sweetest relationships I've ever seen [...]

    12. I have this friend who has a rule (although he will deny that it's a rule) that he won't see movies if he has read the book-and vice versa-because it's a waste of time when there are so many movies to be seen and books to be read. And sometimes that is true but I am pretty much the opposite. If I liked the book, I'm curious to see how they adapt it for the screen. If I liked the movie or at least found it interesting, I want to go back to read the book to fill in the inevitable blanks. House of [...]

    13. One of my very favorite books. I'd seen (and loved) the movie version before picking up this book, but it was the style of writing that made it jump out to me and establish itself as separate. Gilbert's inner monologue? Brilliant and hilarious, I could go on and on. It felt so REAL to me. Mr. Hedges is very talented. Through the prose I was enveloped in the sleepy town vibe so completely that I felt as if Endora were my own hometown, familiar in every way. I continue to recommend this book to an [...]

    14. This book is not really informative, deep, or insightful. I am talking about the first person narrator (Gilbert) as well as the book. Gilbert is thoroughly mediocre in thought and deed. He wears a 'perma-frown'. He likes to brood. The book relies on his thoughts more than his actions, as he is very passive(repressed). Most of the supporting characters are annoyingly shallow. None of this really sounds like a good book to me.But this book (and Gilbert) did very much captivate me. I am rooting har [...]

    15. Thought I was different and it seems I'm just the sameAs a game I put my hand over the flameI thought, I was smarter as I flew into the sunBut it turned out the way it does with everyoneOh, oh, I don't fly around your fire anymoreI don't fly around your fire anymoreBurned and fallen down so many times beforeI don't fly around your fire anymoreI love the heat, I love the things that I forgotI love the strings that tie me down and cut me offI was a king, I was a moth with painted wings made of clo [...]

    16. I loved this book! The story is simple but engaging and the character of Gilbert Grape is one of the most well constructed male characters I’ve read in a long time. I enjoyed it so much because it’s not quite a coming of age story; Gilbert is older and feels the adult pressures of being a grown up but he’s still young enough that his life has not passed him by, even though he thinks it has, and all these other characters in the book are trying to show him this.Coming from a “unique” fa [...]

    17. This was my favourite book when I was a teenager. I loved it when I was in high school, had parts of it memorized and read it multiple times. I was nervous and scared to read it. But you know what, I LOVED it. It's extremely well written and the voice is strong. It is funny and sad and influential. It has shaped the way I write . I still love this book. I noticed that the author has a contact form on his website. I intend to write him a note.

    18. Saw the movie back in college, and instantly recognised a classic. I had no idea it was a book, because it's not the type of literature I pay much attention to: it would normally be considered too realistic for my usual taste, plus it is too modern for my taste in classic 'realistic' literature (I tend to stop in the 1960s). However, knowing the story through film I was curious about the original narrative in this format, and for a discount on Kindle I had nothing to lose. As good as the film ge [...]

    19. This is a tough one for me to rate. I mean, I read it forever and a day ago, but forgot some of the parts. Have seen the movie a million and a half times, and still adore it to this day. But for me, the book felt like it was missing some pieces. Not that it has to do with that "show-not-tell" stuff everyone is cramming down everyone's throats in books these days. I like a skimmed down, show the important things to the main character, get to the story way this book is told. It doesn't play around [...]

    20. Another title for this book could have been "Dysfunctional Family Personified." While I did enjoy the read, I felt that the subject matter has been done often and frankly a lot better. We follow Gilbert and his family of siblings and a grossly overweight mother through their sufferings and eventually experience their love realizations of each other. Sorrow and pity abound for this family as we witness the destruction of this unit which seemed to be kicked off by the suicide of the father. The si [...]

    21. I really enjoyed this book. There is a sensibility to Hedges' writing I found endearing and addictive. Yes, the dialogue is sometimes a little forced and some of the characters are a tad too eccentric to come off real, but Gilbert Grape's voice makes up for all of that.This is a great novel I'm glad I finally read.I almost feel like I lived in Endora for the last two days. For anyone who's grown up in a small town, this tale will resonate with you. Gilbert's resistance to Food Land and Burger Ba [...]

    22. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? from the perspective of someone who grew up in Iowa -- that field-of-dreams, first-to-the-primaries, nothing-but-corn-and-more-corn mythical paradise that purports to be the heartbeat of the United States -- is a romance. Romance, not in sense of 24 year old Gilbert being torn between an affair with a married woman old enough to be his mum and a femme fatal 15 year old from Michigan, but in the sense of Don Quixote in quest of the Holy Grail, of Holden Caulfield se [...]

    23. This is by far one of my favorite books! Before reading this novel, I had previously read Hedges's other novel, An Ocean in Iowa. Both are fantastic! Those of you avoiding the novel because you've seen the movie are making a mistake. Gilbert is an amazing character who struggles to understand his role in the world. His musings are both funny and introspective and make you think of a time when you felt the same ennui with life. I've followed Hedges's career since, and though he doesn't write nove [...]

    24. Hedges' masterful first novel should be studied and studied (and studied again) by anyone thinking of writing a book in the first-person/present-tense because it is a style that only lends itself properly to a particular voice, rhythm, and cadence. It should never be approached in the same manner as a novel written in the more common first-person/past-tense. That said, What's Eating Gilbert Grape is nothing short of a modern classic. I've read it over 30 times (on one particular occasion, I imme [...]

    25. I'm really upset that this book isn't appropriate for me to read with my 8th graders. I was really looking forward to giving them something full of feeling, something real, something with the kind of problems that actually exist, and of course, showing them a Johnny Depp movie. But there is too much for me to overlook, at least for the 8th grade. I really liked it many themes in common with The Catcher in the Ryejust a different generation, a different family, a different landscape.

    26. Story of a young twenty-something man dealing with the uncomfortable reality that is his family. Disappointing, overall. I was hoping for something with more depth. In the hands of a more skilled writer, this could have been a profound examination of family and loss, the Midwest-flavored ennui of a stalled life hampered by the obligations one has to their family. The dialogue was not written well and some of the exchanges, particularly between Gilbert and his 16 year old sister, Ellen, were terr [...]

    27. Loved it (and not because any of those bastards were that loveable either). Full review to come.FULL REVIEWI did not even know this was a book until I ran across it by chance on , on some list or another. If you don't like personal reviews, abandon ship now because this shit's about to get real up-close-and-personal -- because this book was super-personal and self-revelatory for me as a human being. That doesn't mean I will necessarily be gushing about it to everyone who asks for book recommenda [...]

    28. This is the first published novel by a man who went on to have a successful film-writing career. In many ways this book is more like a film proposal than it is a novel. The characters and plot seem to need collaboration with actors and directors; without input from these artists it all seems flat, undeveloped.The story was developed into a very successful film - if you are tempted to read the book, I suggest you skip the book and watch the movie.(Note: I have not seen the movie and after reading [...]

    29. I read this book when I was thirteen or fourteen because it was reviewed in Sassy magazine. It was during a time when my town's library was being remodeled and I put it on hold and it came in the mail - we were going to Seattle for the weekend to visit my grandma, and on the way to the ferry my parents pulled over to check the mail and it was there. I remember opening the package and starting the book and being so pulled in. I would guess I've read it ten times, although this is the first time I [...]

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