Big Brother (Anglais) Broché – 1 juin 2017
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Revue de presse
“The moving (and shocking) finale will have you thinking about the ‘byzantine emotional mathematics’ we all put ourselves through when overwhelmed with family responsibilities.” (Oprah.com)
“(A) delicious, highly readable novel . . . (which) raises challenging questions about how much a loving person can give to another without sacrificing his or her own well-being.” (People, People Pick (4 Stars))
“Big Brother is vintage Shriver - observant, unsettling, funny, but also, as Pandora admits, ‘Very, very sad.’” (Miami Herald)
“Lionel Shriver’s Big Brother has the muscle to overpower its readers. It is a conversation piece of impressive heft.” (New York Times)
“The ever-caustic Shriver has great fun at the expense of crash diets and a host of other sacred pop-culture, er, cows. Politically correct it’s not, but Big Brother finds the funny - and the pathos - in fat.” (USA Today)
“Her [Shriver’s] best work--Big Brother is her twelfth novel--presents characters so fully formed that they inhabit her ideas rather than trumpet them.” (New Republic)
“Pandora is a masterly creation.” (New York Times Book Review)
“The diet - the story of a heroically undertaken significant change - is pretty nearly irresistible. But what really powers this story, an outsize look at the most basic of human activities, eating, is a search for the definition, and appreciation, of ‘ordinary life.’” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
“The latest compelling, humane and bleakly comic novel from the author of We Need to Talk about Kevin.” (Evening Standard (London)) --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.
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Big Brother is a striking novel about siblings, marriage, and obesity from Lionel Shriver, the acclaimed author the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin.
For Pandora, cooking is a form of love. Alas, her husband, Fletcher, a self-employed high-end cabinetmaker, now spurns the “toxic” dishes that he’d savored through their courtship, and spends hours each day to manic cycling. Then, when Pandora picks up her older brother Edison at the airport, she doesn’t recognize him. In the years since they’ve seen one another, the once slim, hip New York jazz pianist has gained hundreds of pounds. What happened? After Edison has more than overstayed his welcome, Fletcher delivers his wife an ultimatum: It’s him or me.
Rich with Shriver’s distinctive wit and ferocious energy, Big Brother is about fat: an issue both social and excruciatingly personal. It asks just how much sacrifice we'll make to save single members of our families, and whether it's ever possible to save loved ones from themselves.
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What this family endures from the careless, self-absorbed, self-important, manipulative, gluttonous Edison (consuming a jar of Karo syrup and everything else in the kitchen cabinets when he thinks he isn't going to be found out; destroying a cherished chair he was told to NOT sit on it and then LYING when confronted) defies the imagination. Edison clearly has more problems than mere obesity. I wish I could care for the pathology of this wretched creature more. I just.... don't.
I'm going to skim my way to the "surprise" ending, and be done with it.
I did like the way Tenner would call Edison on his affectations "You use words like "cat" 'dig" and "man". Those words were moldy when you were young". Moldy, love it. Yea Tanner!!! I did like the way Fletcher finally blew up at Edison. Yea Fletcher!!!. I didn't like the way Pandora and Cody didn't let Edison leave their lives after that.
The book had some hilarious, infuriating, insightful and well written parts, ergo two stars.
Edison Appaloosa hasn't had a gig for a while. He has put on some weight and tips the scale at 386 pounds. He can't find a chair to hold him; he can't find clothes to fit him; he can't walk without getting short of breath. And still he eats and eats.
Watching him killing himself is more than Pandora can stand. Putting her life and marriage on hold for a year, she agrees to move into an apartment and coach Edison until he regains his normal weight.
Lionel Shriver is a mistress of getting into a woman's mind and show how she deals with life. Whether it is horrific or slightly comedic, she explores every nook and cranny of the woman's mind and lay it all bare for us.