Just about everything in Endora, Iowa (pop. and dwindling) is eating Gilbert Grape, a twenty-four-year-old grocery clerk who dreams only of leaving. Gilbert Grape--a resident of provincial Endora, Iowa--endures the eccentricities of his family and neighbors--including his mother, who is eating herself to death;. Get Textbooks on Google Play. Rent and save from the world's largest eBookstore. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Go to Google.
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Read "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" by Peter Hedges available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first download. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Wonderfully entertaining and amusing, this Advanced Search. Kindle Store · Kindle eBooks · Literature & Fiction. Whats eating gilbert grape. by Peter Hedges. Whats eating gilbert grape. by Peter Hedges eating Gilbert Grape. by Peter Hedges. eBook: Document: Fiction.
The colloquial narrative voice, dialogue, colorful cast of characters and even the theatrically staged scenes are conveyed with appealing credibility. Like John Updike, Hedges invests an antihero's ordinary provincial American life with thematic meaning, fashioning the details of everyday existence into clever literary symbols.
He leaves readers demanding a sequel. BOMC alternate. Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.
Grape is 24 and stuck in a rut. Trapped by feelings of responsibility to his eccentric family, he works bagging groceries in their small Iowa town. And what a family! At its core lies his beached whale of a mother; she never leaves her TV chair and clamors constantly for more food and cigarettes.
There is Ellen, his maddeningly pubescent sister; year-old retarded brother Arnie, whom Gilbert loves dearly; and his older sister Amy who devotes herself to keeping everyone happy. Gilbert is saved by a beautiful and strange girl who startles him into life. That such a creature would take an interest in an apparent loser like Gilbert requires the reader's willing suspension of disbelief; but with such appealingly funny writing, one is only too happy to oblige.
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Paperback Verified download. I love the movie and the book equally, but be aware, that if the romance between Gilbert and Becky is one of the things you loved about the movie, you may be disappointed. In the book there is a wide difference between their ages, with Becky only being 15, and Gilbert Even so, Becky is an interesting character, that at times brings humor to the book.
You will also find additional characters, including two more siblings. The family dynamics, and the people of the town are filled out more, and you will gain an even better understanding of what is eating Gilbert. There was only one down side for me, and that was the rather abrupt ending. I was expecting one more chapter that would touched on how each of the main siblings moved forward into the future.
Although the movie showed a future for Gilbert and Arnie, this is not to be found in the conclusion of the book. Try it! Kindle Edition Verified download. I have watched this movie many times. So, when I saw it advertised for kindle, I downloadd a copy.
I will say.. I was able to fly through the book in record time. There were a few things I wish they would have put in the movie.. The book and movie were night and day. 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.. I just couldn't get over the way the book ended.
It was so abrupt. I felt cheated. But, I would still highly recommend..
Odds are.. Just don't be surprised by the abrupt ending! This review will not contain spoilers just my humble opinion. I've recently decided that most of my reading for will be books in which a film is based. I will then rate which I enjoyed more.
There are differences between the book and the film. That is almost always the case. With WEGG the differences didn't matter to me. Both are excellent. If you enjoyed the film do yourself a favor and read this book. It is excellent. For full disclosure, the movie of the same title has been one of my favorites for years, but I wasn't aware of the book until recently - at which point I promptly downloadd it.
Thus, the review will also hold comparisons to the movie. As the movie did, the book instantly made it to my ever-growing favorites list. Gilbert's wry, angry, desperate observations on the increasingly bizarre world around him are poignant at times, awful at others, and always brutally honest. The turns of phrase used - like the title of this review - are poetic and elegant. Gilbert's family is different and difficult. His mother is morbidly obese, his brother retarded yes, the r-word; it's used quite often through the book in a descriptive, matter of fact fashion , two sisters still at home with poor coping skills, and two other siblings who disappeared when they could, and come back rarely.
Add in bizarre friends, a collapsing home, a relationship bordering on abuse with a married woman, and a new young, so young girl in town, and Gilbert's pent up, barely contained aggression is entirely in context. For every moment in the movie where Gilbert stands silent, his facial expressions showing the absurdity of the situation, here you read his thoughts. It makes him harsher yet laid open, emotions bare and too close to the surface. It's easier in some parts than others to empathize with him, but his feelings are understandable given the situation.
Arnie and Amy are more flawed and less camera-ready than the movie versions, yet vividly drawn and too human. Bonnie's flaws are similar, but more of her emotions are shown here.
Overall, the book is both darker and richer than the movie. Other reviewers commented on the ending being abrupt, I felt it was appropriate for the tone of the book.
The writing and editing are top notch, creating the small town slowly suffocating Gilbert perfectly. An example of the writing: For a moment, I even mourn for the eggs. Their sudden, tragic death at the hands of a deceptive employee. Life might be full of wonderful surprises as Mr.
But more than that I believe Life is full of unfairness. I shout for him to stop. He doesn't, so I chase after him and grab his waist. I lift him in the air and the apple drops out onto the brown grass.
Let me go. He clings to me, his legs squeeze around my stomach, his fingers dig into my neck. Did you know that? He's not any taller than last year, but he's rounder, puffier. If this keeps up, he'll soon be too big for me to pick up. You're getting harder and harder for me to carry. And you're getting so strong, too.
It's you, Gilbert. Believe me, Arnie Grape is getting bigger and stronger. I'm sure of it. I'm out of breath; beads of sweat have formed on my face. Arnie says, "You're just getting little. You're getting littler and littler.
You're shrinking. Even Arnie knows that I'm in a rut. Since I don't believe in wearing a watch, I can't tell the exact time -- but this moment, the one when my goofy brother rips the bandage off my heart, is followed by a yelp. Arnie's yelp. He points east, and with the binoculars I locate a tiny dot moving our way. Several dots follow. Is it them? Arnie's jaw drops; he starts dancing. Here come the horsies! Arnie is entering heaven now. I stand there watching him watch as the rides grow.
We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book. With this exchange, what themes does Peter Hedges begin to develop in his novel? How is Gilbert shrinking? Consider the nature of Gilbert's relationship with Becky alongside his relationship with Mrs. What do these characters mean to Gilbert? Do they present him with the same possibilities for escape, love, and healing? Remembered chiefly for his relentless "optimism," Albert Grape nevertheless hung himself in his basement.
How might this irony persist in Gilbert's own life, particularly in his relationship with his boss, Mr. Throughout the novel, what does Gilbert reveal to us about his father?
What sort of legacy has Albert left his son? Unlike Amy and Gilbert, who have stayed behind to take care of Momma and Arnie, Larry and Janice have managed to escape, at least physically and geographically. What significance lies in Hedges' decision to make Janice an airline stewardess, a job that requires perpetual flight?
Why has Larry all but cut himself off from his family?