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The Woman who Went to Bed for a Year (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Sue Townsend

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Title:The Woman who Went to Bed for a Year
Authors:Sue Townsend
Info:Penguin (2012), Kindle Edition, 460 pages
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Tags:fiction, Nook, read in 2012

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The Woman Who Went to Bed For a Year by Sue Townsend (2012)

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    Mijn zoon heeft een seksleven en ik lees mijn moeder roodkapje voor by Renate Dorrestein (YolaNL)
    YolaNL: Sue Townsend and Renate Dorrestein have a similar down to earth, humorous style of writing. The topic of these two books happens to be similar as well: a drastic point of change in the life of a middle aged woman.

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I read the Adrian Mole series in my teenage years, I read it again in 2001 when the first book was televised here in the UK. So on the back of those earlier experiences I looked forward to this one. I was disappointed. I suspect that much of the author's own heath issues or experiences are featured in this book and that coupled with poetic license has done a poor job of keeping me entertained. The characters were not great and likeable and for me it did not gel well. ( )
  AnglersRest | Sep 27, 2016 |
I had high expectations for this book as I read some good reviews beforehand and the premise seemed interesting. There was some great characterization and I liked all the references to modern gadgets, well known brands and current pop culture throughout the book. The book was an easy read but I found it fizzled out towards the end and had a very disappointing ending.

In hindsight, how exciting could a book about a woman who spent a whole year in bed really be? ( )
  meloncolly | Jul 25, 2016 |
Ik vond dit een flauw boek en begreep niet waar het nou eigenlijk naar toe ging. Ja, Eva besluit een jaar in bed te liggen en is na een redelijke start daar niet echt succesvol in. Ze wordt een soort guru voor anderen, zonder dat ze het wil en zonder dat ze iets essentieels te zeggen heeft. Er tussendoor speelt het vreugdeloze verhaal van haar kinderen (tweeling die net naar de universiteit is gegaan) en van haar man en zijn minnares. Allemaal niet echt leuk en ook niet echt boeiend. ( )
  elsmvst | Feb 28, 2016 |
The Woman who went to bed for a year by Sue Townsend - still deciding.

Superficially, this has all the hallmarks and cliches of hundreds (thousands?) of other books:

Middle aged housewife - tick
Ungrateful children leaving home - tick
empty nest - tick
ungrateful/uncaring/self absorbed husband - tick
aged/nagging mother/mother-in-law - tick
cue breakdown/quirky behaviour - tick

But this is Sue Townsend and as such, the writing is so much better than many of the pulp versions of this scenario.

Eva's twins leave for their first year at University. As she looks round at the devastation around the house, she notices a soup mark on her favourite chair. This is the catalist. She can't face tidying/cleaning up AGAIN and suddenly everything weighs down on her. She takes to her bed, fully clothed and pulls the duvet up over her head. I suspect many, many people can relate to that feeling.

But Eva doesn't stop there, or more to the point, she does. She resolves to stay in bed. Her husband (Brian) is totally self involved and has no concept of how to look after himself let alone the house or Eva and this is where the story takes off.

There are all the expected, amusing stories about the twins starting to fend for themselves at Uni, about Brian's total lack of understanding or empathy or ability to cope, about the dissolving of an unsatisfactory marriage, about new relationships being built, about grief and love etc etc. - all told with Sue Townsend's sense of humour.

I really enjoyed the book and was expecting to give it a 'very good', right until I got to the ending. I really didn't like the ending. It was almost as if it was stopped rather than finished and it has left me less than impressed. Only finished it last night and I'll need to think a bit more about it before I decide just how much I did/didn't like it.
  Cassandra2020 | Jan 24, 2016 |
I am not sure what to think about this book; it is a very bittersweet read. In one sense it is classic Townsend- the biting social commentary, the witty depiction of the characters, the ability to find humour in almost any situation. But it is also incredibly sad. Eva is a woman whose life has been swallowed up caring for her twins and husband. She takes to her bed and still ends up being burdened by people's problems. This is a woman who cannot find peace and quiet in bed and I felt her sense of desperation. ( )
  martensgirl | May 5, 2015 |
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'The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year' is a funny and touching novel about what happens when someone refuses to be the person everyone expects them to be.

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