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What's Eating Gilbert Grape
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I really did enjoy the entire book. I liked finally really knowing what was eating Gilbert Grape. The added brother and sister was a surprise. His younger sister was much "looser" in the book. What he told his Momma.. really did belong in the movie. I just couldn't get over the way the book ended. It was so abrupt. I felt cheated. But, I would still highly recommend.. if you liked the movie.. give the book a chance. Odds are.. you'll love it. Just don't be surprised by the abrupt ending! :)
When I sold it the first time, something about the book stayed with me. Certain scenes stood out. I couldn't get the characters out of my head. So, I went out, and I bought the book AGAIN. And decided to give it another chance.
The tone of the book is different from the movie. Where the movie had a lot of heart, I feel the book has replaced it with dark humor. Each character is very strange and interesting and they are all thrown together in such a bizarre-Real Life situation. The main character is in the middle of a dry spell that seems to have stretched itself through his entire life and we meet him right before something happens to completely shake him out of it!
The writing itself, was very smooth, almost poetic at times, which I loved. Each chapter was hammered home with some insight, or piece of humor or heart break.
The ending seemed a bit abrupt and maybe even a little unsatisfying, but even it works out too. Read this book! I consider it a classic and one of my all time favorites. You know a book is good when it can stir you up and push you buttons!
It is part love story, part life story, and really delves deep into the emptiness of a teenage boy (Gilbert Grape) trying to find himself in the small void known as Endora, Iowa.
I am not one to give summaries, but as a brief teaser, Gilbert Grape lives in a home with his morbidly obese mother, retarded brother, and his two sisters: one a spinster, the other an obnoxious pre-pubescent teen. He works as a bagger at a local market and is having an affair with a woman twice his age (who has two intensely bratty children and is married to the town's only insurance agent). The entire story is based around the upcoming 18th birthday of the "retarded" brother that no one thought would live past the age of 10. With these characters and then some, Peter Hedges has created the most tantalizing story about small town American life and how it CAN be survived.
Of the hundreds of books I have read, this is most definitely on my top five list. Highly and strongly recommended!