Bed Author David Whitehouse Summary õ 6

Review Bed Author David Whitehouse

Bed Author David Whitehouse Summary õ 6 ½ WHAT MAKES LIFE WORTH GETTING OUT OF BED FOR Mal isn't like the other kids So remarkable is his childhood that his family wait for the incredible things he seems born to do Then one day he goes to bed never to get out again Recounted by Mal's younger brother Bed is a coming of age story like no otherTo get out again Recounted by Mal's younger brother Bed is a coming of age story like no other It chronicles the metamorphosis of one extraordinary man and explores what love loss and family can do to you in. I wanted to love this book from the minute I first read about its premise Unfortunately a good idea for a story and huge potential for fascinating characters are mostly wasted here Whitehouse has some moments of amazing and vulgar descriptions but the characters are just not developed enough It's hard to buy the romantic relationships Mal's motivations and the parents' philosophies as well That said it was good enough for me to finish it since I will definitely put a book down after 50 pages if it's not gripping me I would definitely give this author another chance in the future Too bad about this book though really wanted to love it

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WHAT MAKES LIFE WORTH GETTING OUT OF BED FOR Mal isn't like the other kids So remarkable is his childhood that his family wait for the incredible things he seems born to do Then one day he goes to bed never. ‘Bed’ is about Mal a man who weighs a hundred stone and hasn’t got up from his bed for the past twenty years Yet the book is not about being fat Just look at the author’s photo – what would HE know about being fatIf you are looking for some sort of self help motivational book then I wholeheartedly recommend ‘Run Fat Bitch Run’ by Ruth Fields Read ‘Bed' if you want a piece of good contemporary literature about people who are just not very good at life I know I could now say ‘but who really is’ but that would just be a clever bon mot because really most people I know seem to handle this whole living business a little better The characters of ‘Bed’ mostly Mal’s family are weighed down literally and metaphorically by his heavy presence He has become their centre of gravity and they are not able to set themselves freeMal himself is less of a character and of an inanimate object casting shadow on the lives of everyone who comes close to him he is the elephant in the room so to speak impossible to ignore but not to be discussed or uestionedOf all the family members it’s the mother who is most devoted to him He is the apple of her eye It’s like in this Anne Sexton’s poem surely the world must be ending if I am uoting poems in my reviews“The unusual needs to be commented upon The Thalidomide babieswith flippers at their shoulderswearing their mechanical armslike derricksThe club footed boywearing his shoe like a flat ironThe idiot childa stuffed doll who can only masturbateThe hunchback carrying his humplike a bag of onions Oh how we treasuretheir scenic valueWhen a child stays needy until he is fifty —oh mother eye oh mother eye crush me in —the parent is as strong as a telephone pole”Mal has always been special to his mother wayward as a child difficult as an adult he gives her purpose Handling him has become the essence of her life And why does he decide to never get up after he’s turned twenty five I suppose to escape the fate of his peers who ‘get older and start drinking They meet someone and get pregnant They work and work and work Buy a house and sit in it in silence listening to the baby cry Have another to keep it company Waking up early going to work packing lunch coming home watching the television paying the bills thinking they’re happy having another baby just in case No thanks”uite right “if this is life then why get out of bed” Only this isn’t life Life is all that happens in between Life is what you make of it It is hard to be happy and it reuires greater sensibility It is easier to give in to nihilism and decadency but this is not a noble way out Mal might be convinced that him giving up on life will give someone else that is his mother a purpose in life and therefore he is a hero but he goes about it all wrong Lou Mal’s girlfriend has the same need to give meaning to the lives of her loved ones but she is doing it in a constructive way She brings people up rather than dragging them down with her‘Bed’ despite its grotesue tabloid hook is a uiet understated novel and I believe it was ghost written I happen to have met David Whitehouse and he is ironic blunt very fond of obscene gestures and generally uite obnoxious There is no way in hell he would ever write anything borderline mushy like this“I saw it on her face that day a look like her heart would float upward through her throat topple from her mouth clip her front teeth on the way out and drift into the sky”If this sounds like your cup of tea give this book a go; it’s a very strong debut My only minor complaint is that the first person narrator Mal’s nameless younger brother becomes omniscient at random It doesn’t happen very often but often enough for me to notice

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Bed Author David WhitehouA lifetime Enchanting funny surreal and heartwarming David Whitehouse's novel presents one of the most thrilling and uniue voices to emerge from Britain in years Longlisted for the 2012 Desmond Elliott Priz. Sad and funny I loved it