NEW House Mother Normal A Geriatric Comedy ë B.S. Johnson


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  • House Mother Normal A Geriatric Comedy
  • B.S. Johnson
  • English
  • 24 September 2018
  • 9781447200383

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    NEW House Mother Normal A Geriatric Comedy ë B.S. Johnson B.S. Johnson ☆ 6 review Free download House Mother Normal A Geriatric Comedy B S Johnson was an experimental English novelist who is too little known and who took his own life when aged only 40 I was drawn to this particular novel first because of its subject matter; a care home for older people It follows a p

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    B.S. Johnson ☆ 6 review NEW House Mother Normal A Geriatric Comedy ë B.S. Johnson BS Johnson's fifth experimental novel is a chorus of moribund voices each one distinctly rendered on the page in the form of typographically co

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    characters ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ B.S. Johnson NEW House Mother Normal A Geriatric Comedy ë B.S. Johnson My brother's review of this excellent book is spot on I totally agree with him that this book deserves all those glittering starsBryan Stanley Johnson 1933 1973 was an English novelist who loved to experiment For 10 years

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    B.S. Johnson ☆ 6 review characters ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ B.S. Johnson NEW House Mother Normal A Geriatric Comedy ë B.S. Johnson “I wish I’d been kind to old people then now I know how it is It’s always the same you cannever know until you actually are And then it’s too late You realise which are the importantthings only when it’s too late that’s

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    B.S. Johnson ☆ 6 review characters ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ B.S. Johnson NEW House Mother Normal A Geriatric Comedy ë B.S. Johnson Let me tell you the reasons why I consider this book not normalFirst it came upon me while I was alone by myself in a mall after my wife and two children went to see a movie I bought it read it finished it and I am now reviewing it all in a single day This has never happened to me before I even read it while sitting on a promotional rocking

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    Free download House Mother Normal A Geriatric Comedy B.S. Johnson ☆ 6 review characters ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ B.S. Johnson Disappointing especially after a strong beginning I feel bad giving this so few stars when it did so many things wellThe novel is set in a home for the elderly There are 8 residents and 1 House Mother who cares for them In each of the 9 chapters you get to live inside the head of one of these characters After some obligatory facts and figur

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    NEW House Mother Normal A Geriatric Comedy ë B.S. Johnson characters ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ B.S. Johnson 35 rounded downI'd read and enjoyed a few of Johnson's works but came to THIS one due to the titular character also being prominent in the recent and bizarre We Are Made Of Diamond Stuff I didn't find some of this terribly accessible since the UK references didn't resonate for me plus it is structured in such a way that one has to work hard a lot of the time to fathom just exactly what is going on within the senile ch

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    NEW House Mother Normal A Geriatric Comedy ë B.S. Johnson Readers and critics have commented on BS Johnson's experimental use of telling a tale Which is perfectly true but also he is so far or what I have read is very much a straight ahead narrative writer He has a great imagination and skills in relating the narrative is a slightly different way but he's totally readable for eve

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House Mother Normal A Geriatric Comedy

review House Mother Normal A Geriatric Comedy ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB characters ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ B.S. Johnson B.S. Johnson ☆ 6 review Gs of the evening from their own individual perspective By virtue of the novel’s clever structure the reader’s comprehension of events is lim. Let me tell you the reasons why I consider this book not normalFirst it came upon me while I was alone by myself in a mall after my wife and two children went to see a movie I bought it read it finished it and I am now reviewing it all in a single day This has never happened to me before I even read it while sitting on a promotional rocking chair for senior citizens not that I am already one provided for by the mall right outside the cinemaSecond it has an introduction written by Andrew Motion in December 2012 where he cited the book s title wrongly and I wonder why none of the Picador people had noticed it in the very apex of his stirring endorsement the last paragraph where he wrote Mother House Normal It was like making a rousing speech to make an introduction to a supposedly well known guest and then not getting his name right LOLThird the pagination At the end of the last page you ll see 204 at the bottom and 22 at the top Fourth many pages are blank or almost blank They made me laugh Upon serious thought it should have made me sad But what can I do I m beset with HAPPY new year greetingsThe setting is in a home for old people It is run by a 42 year old unnamed House Mother who narrates last and consumes 22 pages the others only have 21 pages each for her internalexternal monologues where she exposes with glee her vileness and cruelty Preceding her narration are those of her guests not one of them below 70 and in various stages of decay illnesses and dementia with their valiant efforts to make sense of what is happening to their minds and bodies A sobering thought is that as the years pass by everyone of us comes closer to being one of these characters each introduced boldly with the most important appendages attached to persons within that age bracket Like the best of themSarah Lamsonage 74marital status widowsight 60%hearing 75%touch 70%taste 85%smell 50%movement 85%C count 10pathology contractures incipient hallux valgus osteo arthritis suspected late paraphrenia among othersand the worst of these eightRosetta Stantonage 94marital status not knownsight 5%hearing 10%touch 5%taste 15%smell 20%movement 5%C count 0pathology everything everyone else has plus incipient bronchial pneumonia atherosclerotic dementia probably ament hemiplegia with negative Babinski response to name only a very fewWhat s a C count It is the total of correct answers old people are asked again and again to the ten classic uestions Where are you now What is this place What day is this What month is it What year is it How old are you What is your birthday In what year were you born Who is on the throne now king or ueen may vary depending on the person s country s system of government Who was on the throne beforeSome writers write from experience while others can create reality only through their powerful imaginations The author Bryan Stanley Johnson belonged to the latter For he never experienced any of these as he killed himself in 1973 aged 40

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review House Mother Normal A Geriatric Comedy ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB characters ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ B.S. Johnson B.S. Johnson ☆ 6 review Eight residents in a home for the elderly sit down to dinner along with the House Mother herself and each takes it in turn to relay the proceedin. B S Johnson was an experimental English novelist who is too little known and who took his own life when aged only 40 I was drawn to this particular novel first because of its subject matter a care home for older people It follows a portion of the day for the residents and the House Mother or matron who is in charge of their care The time period its length isn t clear includes a meal and clearing up the house song truly awful some work including sticking together Christmas crackers and putting stuff in bottles pass the parcel and dancing although I m not convinced dancing is what is being described in some cases as it seems to involve mops and wheelchairs and resembles jousting Each of the residents has allotted 21 pages the events happen at exactly the same point in each narrative so that comparisons can be made At the very beginning there is a description of each resident s medical conditions and capabilities including a score relating to a set of uestions meant to assess cognitive abilities The residents are given their say starting with the younger and cognitively able and ending with those who have little or no verbal ability and much of the last two or three resident s pages are virtually blank The House Mother has her say last of all and has an extra page Johnson himself described what he wanted to do with the novel What I wanted to do was to take an evening in an old people s home and see a single set of events through the eyes of not less than eight old people Due to the various deformities and deficiencies of the inmates these events would seem to be progressively abnormal to the reader At the end there would be the viewpoint of the House Mother an apparently normal person and the events themselves would then be seen to be so bizarre that everything that had come before would seem normal by comparison The idea was to say something about the things we call normal and abnormal and the technical difficulty was to make the same thing interesting nine times over since that was the number of times the events would have to be described Each of the old people was allotted a space of twenty one pages and each line on each page represented the same moment in each of the other accounts this meant an unjustified right hand margin and led than one reviewer to imagine the book was in verse House Mother s account has an extra page in which she is shown to be the puppet or concoction of a writer youalways knew there was a writer behind it allAh there s no fooling you readers Nor should there be It is described as a geriatric comedy but the comedy is very bleak indeed There is of a growing sense of horror as the petty tyranny and brutality gradually come across to the reader There might be a temptation to say that all the abuse is the invention of the writer but unfortunately I can assure you that it is not Whilst there is an oddity in some of the abuse here most of it is plausible and has been done It is only necessary to recall the Winterbourne view case this will be familiar to those in the UK which was uite recent As Johnson says this is a study of what is normal and abnormal but it is also a study in the use and abuse of power exercised over the weak and vulnerable Johnson manages to make the voices of the residents poignant and human as they look back over their lives and loves He also captures the disconnectedness of cognitive deficit very well He doesn t in my opinion uite get advanced dementia right communication may be very limited but I don t believe the mind is as blank as he indicates This is a brave and interesting novel There have been some critics who have noted that this could be seen as a deeply unpleasant book and calling it a comedy is not appropriate This misses the point Johnson does try to make the reader laugh with his descriptions of some of the events However because of the poignancy and humanity of the pen portraits the reader realises what they are laughing at is the abuse and brutalisation of a vulnerable human being There is also a sense of the writer reminding the reader that this could be where they are headed too and will it be any better then Prime Suspect The True Story of John Cannan the Only Man Police Want to Investigate for the Murder of Suzy Lamplugh up the house song truly awful some work including sticking together Christmas crackers and putting stuff in bottles pass the parcel and dancing although I m not convinced dancing is what is being described in some cases as it seems to involve mops and wheelchairs and resembles jousting Each of the residents has allotted 21 pages the events happen at exactly the same point in each narrative so that comparisons can be made At the very beginning there is a description of each resident s medical conditions and capabilities including a score relating to a set of An Ocean of Blessings uestions meant to assess cognitive abilities The residents are given their say starting with the younger and cognitively able and ending with those who have little or no verbal ability and much of the last two or three resident s pages are virtually blank The House Mother has her say last of all and has an extra page Johnson himself described what he wanted to do with the novel What I wanted to do was to take an evening in an old people s home and see a single set of events through the eyes of not less than eight old people Due to the various deformities and deficiencies of the inmates these events would seem to be progressively abnormal to the reader At the end there would be the viewpoint of the House Mother an apparently normal person and the events themselves would then be seen to be so bizarre that everything that had come before would seem normal by comparison The idea was to say something about the things we call normal and abnormal and the technical difficulty was to make the same thing interesting nine times over since that was the number of times the events would have to be described Each of the old people was allotted a space of twenty one pages and each line on each page represented the same moment in each of the other accounts this meant an يأجوج ومأجوج من الوجود حتى الفناء unjustified right hand margin and led than one reviewer to imagine the book was in verse House Mother s account has an extra page in which she is shown to be the puppet or concoction of a writer youalways knew there was a writer behind it allAh there s no fooling you readers Nor should there be It is described as a geriatric comedy but the comedy is very bleak indeed There is of a growing sense of horror as the petty tyranny and brutality gradually come across to the reader There might be a temptation to say that all the abuse is the invention of the writer but L'Amante du Rif unfortunately I can assure you that it is not Whilst there is an oddity in some of the abuse here most of it is plausible and has been done It is only necessary to recall the Winterbourne view case this will be familiar to those in the UK which 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review House Mother Normal A Geriatric Comedy ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB characters ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ B.S. Johnson B.S. Johnson ☆ 6 review Ited so as to allow them a powerful experience Johnson’s humorous yet deeply compassionate depiction of what it means to live life and grow old. Readers and critics have commented on BS Johnson s experimental use of telling a tale Which is perfectly true but also he is so far or what I have read is very much a straight ahead narrative writer He has a great imagination and skills in relating the narrative is a slightly different way but he s totally readable for everyone who loves a narrative The story here is about an old people s home in the UK and you hear the participants voices in separate chapters but one presumes at the same time The inner dialogue is jumpy and sometimes doesn t connect but the overall effect is one not losing the narrative point of view of what is happening at that time and place The last chapter is House Mother who is the objectionable voice which of course is cruel Johnson is a good writer for other writers He knows the format of the novel or narrative and he plays with that form He knows the rules of the game or otherwise he wouldn t know how to break them