What's Eating Gilbert Grape ePUB ☆ What's Eating

What's Eating Gilbert Grape ePUB ☆ What's Eating
    What's Eating Gilbert Grape ePUB ☆ What's Eating her TV chair is threatening to cave in Gilbert s long suffering older sister, Amy, still mourns the death of Elvis, and his knockout younger sister has become hooked on makeup, boys, and Jesus in that order, but the biggest event on the horizon for all the Grapes is the eighteenth birthday of Gilbert s younger brother, Arnie, who is a living miracle just for having survived so long As the Grapes gather in Endora, a mysterious beauty glides through town on a bicycle and rides circles around Gilbert, until he begins to see a new vision of his family and himself."/>
  • Paperback
  • 319 pages
  • What's Eating Gilbert Grape
  • Peter Hedges
  • English
  • 23 February 2019
  • 0671038540

What's Eating Gilbert Grape❮Reading❯ ➽ What's Eating Gilbert Grape ➶ Author Peter Hedges – Essayreview.co.uk 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 His enormous mother, once the town sweetheart, has be Just about everything in Endora, Iowa pop , and dwindling is eating Gilbert Grape, a What's Eating PDF or twenty four year old grocery clerk who dreams only of leaving His enormous mother, once the town sweetheart, has been eating nonstop ever since her husband s suicide, and the floor beneath her TV chair is threatening to cave in Gilbert s long suffering older sister, Amy, still mourns the death of Elvis, and his knockout younger sister has become hooked on makeup, boys, and Jesus in that order, but the biggest event on the horizon for all the Grapes is the eighteenth birthday of Gilbert s younger brother, Arnie, who is a living miracle just for having survived so long As the Grapes gather in Endora, a mysterious beauty glides through town on a bicycle and rides circles around Gilbert, until he begins to see a new vision of his family and himself.


About the Author: Peter Hedges

Peter Hedges is an American novelist, screenwriter, and film director His novel What s Eating What's Eating PDF or Gilbert Grape was adapted into a critically acclaimed movie of the same title, which launched his film careerIn he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for About a Boy In the same year, he wrote and directed Pieces of April, starring Katie Holmes, which he dedicated to his mother.


10 thoughts on “What's Eating Gilbert Grape

  1. says:

    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 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 into oblivion, I rooted for Gilbert to get out of town the entire time It has been twenty years since I read this charming novel, but Gilbert, Arnie, and Bonnie have stayed with me, and I recommend Peter Hedges work to any looking for a book about small town America

  2. says:

    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 Grape Before 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 Grappling 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 Grape Before 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 Grappling with the desire to leave town and start an exciting life elsewhere, and the guilt and responsibility to stay and care for his family, he is unprepared when a beautiful young girl from the big city comes to town, and unexpectedly helps him come to terms with his feelings about his family and their past.Considering how old Hedges was when he wrote this, it too was equally profound Being a fan of the movie though, the book was definitelygratifying Gilbert is a complex young man, and several times I found myself thinking about how Johnny Depp was the perfect actor for this character I was also struck by the loving relationship Gilbert has with his disabled brother, Arnie, probably one of the most astute characters in the book I am so glad I found this book for one dollar, no less It seemed to be the perfect time to read it and reflect on the different crossroads we come to at various stages in our life, and the thoughts that pervade our mind in an attempt to ensure that we re making the best decision possible

  3. says:

    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 intellectually 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 the book s biggest flaw Nevertheless, Hedges didn t explore these to an equal degree Endora is just wallpaper The adult 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 intellectually 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 the book s biggest flaw Nevertheless, Hedges didn t explore these to an equal degree Endora is just wallpaper The adultery is randomly tossed in, as is a sudden death and Gilbert s romance The economic depression is disappointingly undeveloped Hedges wanted to stuff it all into one book, but he couldn t that would ve meant a book 1,000 pages long Hedges s most promising story lines involve Gilbert s obese mother, Bonnie, and intellectually handicapped brother, Arnie I was therefore most disappointed that he didn t develop these characters, especially Bonnie, as well as he could She s reduced to a sleeping, eating, demanding lump, a passive figure who I learned aboutvia narration from Gilbert rather than via direct characterization There s only brief backstory, but what s clear is that there s a lot eating her, and that has a great deal of relevance to what s eating Gilbert Gilbert resents what a burden she is, but that s only ever apparent because of his references to her as a whale or walrus The story demands she bedeveloped Along the same lines, Arnie comes across as littlethan a mischievous sprite who enjoys climbing Endora s water tower and is always in need of a good scrubbing Intellectually handicapped characters beg for multi dimensional depictions think Flowers for Algernon The story demandseverything about him Of everyone in the Grape family, Bonnie and Arnie are the most intriguing, but what s most important is they re the ones trapping Gilbert in Endora At one point, Hedges provided a glimpse into what could have been, and the story turns brilliant it goes to that exact deeper, sobering place it needs to go but just as quickly he reverted to the superficial having Gilbert simply complain about his mom and to the usual goofy portrayal of Arnie What s Eating Gilbert Grape could have been really something if it had Gilbert and Bonnie just as they are, but with a honed mother and son focus or if it had Gilbert and Arnie just as they are, but with the honed focus on him and his brother Or, if Hedges wanted to be ambitious, it could have all three, fully developed Hedges may have failed with Arnie and Bonnie, but some of his other characters are stronger and have their place These are Gilbert s older sister Amy as the caretaker and provider, his vain teenage sister Ellen, his always cheerful boss, and his best friend They make the book worth reading The romantic interest, Becky, however, is a notable exception His relationship with Becky is one of the things eating Gilbert, yet it s not for the reason it should be the fact that he s a 24 year old man fantasizing about and romancing a 15 year old girl Becky is a sage who speaks so maturely that I thought she was an adult before Hedges revealed that she s just a teen This may have been purposeful on Hedges s part, to distract from the reality But since this side plot isn t about Gilbert s grappling with his conscience, Hedges could have made Becky Gilbert s age without hurting anything in this section Her many wise statements which sound ridiculous coming from a 15 year old would also then square with her age I did really enjoy this book for most of the characters I was invested in learning about these small town residents and about Endora I didn t get the latter wish, but I got enough of the former to keep me reading Most of all, I was curious about what was eating Gilbert Grape but I m still not sure about this Too much in this story is scattered, some is a rough sketch, and some is entirely irrelevant As a result, What s Eating Gilbert Grape isof a light read, and that s a shame, because I doubt that s what Peter Hedges intended

  4. says:

    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 the Grape family home is located, but nowis not The whole Grape clan is just counting the days to Arni 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 the Grape family home is located, but nowis not The whole Grape clan is just counting the days to Arnie s 18th birthday The birthday the doctors said he would never see Poor Gilbert works so hard to keep his family afloat He s 24 and simply cannot live his own life His family needs him, his mental support and, yes, his paycheck, to survive Gilbert s dad, Mr Grape, has been dead for 17 years and with his older brother gone everything falls on Gilbert s shoulders There s never any time for Gilbert A few stolen moments here or there, but even they are tinged in guilt and regret.This book was lovely Not because it was sweet, or because I loved Gilbert, he could be quite the shit, but I defy anyone to live under the circumstances and burdens Gilbert endured every day and not be one at least occasionally It was lovely because it was realistic There are no Mother Theresa s among us today There are just people doing what they can to get by Doing what has to be done to get their family and loved ones one day closer to happiness Yes, Gilbert lost patience with Arnie and his sisters on occasion, but he still stayed and cared for his family in the best way he knew how In a very sad, but real way.The Grape clan was a bunch of characters to say the least and Gilbert s friends and fellow citizens were every bit as quirky, but anyone who has ever lived in a small town knows this is the way people really are It s the normal people who get out It s the regular people who leave town to find their dreams and futures It s as if the real characters are a little larger than the Regular Joes so are caught in the sieve of small town life Too big to fall through the screen, but small enough to feel the pinch.This book touches on the loss of small town life with the Mom n Pop establishments The encroachment of Wal Marts and Krogers on sweet ol Main Street USA It shows us that not only the old codgers mourn the loss, but some of the younger generation as well Gilbert s romance with the new to town Becky is just oneexample of the uniqueness of small town folk Becky belonged in Endora in the same way Gilbert belongs and for some of the same reasons that Gilbert s older siblings who have left town do not Small town life takes a certain fortitude and strength Gilbert has it Becky may as well The Grape kids who have left do not

  5. says:

    A wonderful, quirky book from Hedges I like the film version very much as well.

  6. says:

    One of the few books where I enjoyed the movie versionHere 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 One of the few books where I enjoyed the movie versionHere 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 with the owner of the funeral home She is fifteen, and they are discovered together in the back of the funeral car Ew If you liked the movie, you might find this book interesting, but I wholeheartedly prefer the movie

  7. says:

    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, tr 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, tremulous light a soft tremulous light This novel shimmers with that soft, tremulous light It is a subtle story, written in a subtle style One is surprised to find what appear to be nondescript sentences that are actually keys to the book, great with meaning The above discussion of shimmer is such an example As is this, possibly my favorite sentence in the book, marking the moment of Gilbert s, for lack of a better word, awakening And as the remaining dirt on Arnie starts washing away, it begins I have wanted to read this book for years And now I have And it was worth the wait

  8. says:

    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 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 didn t read for pleasure any and I think all fiction that came out between 1990 1995 that didn t go through the library was missed by me That s my excuse.Anyway, I now know this is a book and I have read it.It makes the movie make a lotsense I liked the movie quite well I did see that when it came out I also just watched it the other night for the sake of comparison and if it said Based on the book by Peter Hedges in the beginning, I missed it both the first time and when I watched it again on Friday but I like the book a lot better It s muchnuanced, the relationships between everyone are deeper,real,painful I could relate with Book Gilbert far better than I could with Movie Gilbert and now I don t think Juliette Lewis was such a good choice.But whatever.This was a solid story and the ending is muchpowerful in text, at least it was for me

  9. says:

    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 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, although he treated everybody else kind of like crap.There s no use trying to escape your life, it won t make any of it better.Loving people is the best thing you can do for yourself

  10. says:

    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 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 Sand and Fog, for example, was a great adaptation of the book but ended when there was still half the book to go Ditto for Cavedweller.Then you ve got a book like this, which takes the same characters Gilbert Grape and his dysfunctional family remnants and setting a dying small town in rural Iowa but has a totally different mood from the film Which is interesting since Hedges wrote both the book and the screenplay As cliche as it is to drag out Salinger s ghost, Gilbert Grape, age 24, has a distinct Holden Caulfield ish aura about him Call him Catcher in the Soybeans He works stocking shelves at a local grocery that is barely surviving since a chain store opened nearby He and his older sister care for their teenage sister, his mentally challenged brother and their mother who has pretty much been eating her grief since their father hung himself almost 20 years ago in their basement She has become so large that she is virtually immobile, hasn t left the house in years, and the floor beneath her chair is now starting to cave in It sounds unbearably maudlin perhaps at this point Thanks to the misanthropic yet likable narrator, it s not I don t know how to describe this book Parts were sad, parts were very funny I didn t totally click with it for some reason Perhaps it s because I m a heathen who never totally appreciated Salinger But I can understand how other people can love it The movie, on the other hand, is one of my all time favorites

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