The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year

The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year The day her twins leave home Eva climbs into bed and stays there For seventeen years she s wanted to yell at the world Stop I want to get off Finally this is her chance Her husband Brian an astron

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  • Title: The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year
  • Author: Sue Townsend
  • ISBN: 9780718194529
  • Page: 304
  • Format: Paperback
  • The day her twins leave home, Eva climbs into bed and stays there For seventeen years she s wanted to yell at the world, Stop I want to get off Finally, this is her chance.Her husband Brian, an astronomer having an unsatisfactory affair, is upset Who will cook his dinner Eva, he complains, is attention seeking But word of Eva s defiance spreads.Legions of fans, belThe day her twins leave home, Eva climbs into bed and stays there For seventeen years she s wanted to yell at the world, Stop I want to get off Finally, this is her chance.Her husband Brian, an astronomer having an unsatisfactory affair, is upset Who will cook his dinner Eva, he complains, is attention seeking But word of Eva s defiance spreads.Legions of fans, believing she is protesting, gather in the street, while her new friend Alexander the white van man brings tea, toast and an unexpected sympathy And from this odd but comforting place, Eva begins to see both herself and the world very, very differently

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    1. I was really looking forward to reading this book when I spotted it on amazon. A walk down memory lane as Adrian Mole was a fav during my teenage years. Didn't quite know what to make of it.I assumed it would be a parody of life. A woman who, having had a difficult life full of hardships finally giving up and retreating to bed. I kind of had in mind "The woman who walked into doors" or a "Rachael's holiday" - a story to unfoldWhat I got was the story about a relatively well off , beautiful thoug [...]

    2. The Woman Who Went To Bed For A Year is one of the best book titles inrecent years, nay, in all of English literature. "Wow, wish I could dothat too," was the common refrain by those who spotted me reading SueTownsend's latest novel, accompanied by a weary, wistful sigh.Unfortunately, the title is the best thing about this disappointingeffort by the English author of Adrian Mole fame. In a nutshell: It isquite boring. A lot of events occur, at random, in the episodic plot,yet nothing manages to [...]

    3. Oh gosh. I hate to disparage an author's hard work. I hate to be negative when I consider how much time, effort and soul has gone into writing it. I've enjoyed Townsend's other work, Adrian Mole was hilarious. However, if I can save you from wasting your time reading this book then perhaps it is the fairest thing I can do.This is a horrible book about horrible people who live horrible lives and do horrible things to each other. The characters are (with one exception) selfish, narcissist, feckles [...]

    4. Normal service will be resumed as soon as possibleIt's that time of year when I have to ease myself back into a routine of actually going to work, you know, getting up early, appearing in the classroom looking kempt at the very least, if not well so, and, much more to the point, with 90 minutes' worth of scintillating and rewarding activities to promote active use of English prepared. Then add on to that the private tuition, which involves careful calibration of the precise amount of chivvying, [...]

    5. I was surprised by so many negative reviews of this book. Lightweight fiction it is but it doesn't pretend to be anything else. I was drawn to it by the name of the heroine, Eva; the fact she was a librarian and that there were twins. In fact I couldn't put the book down. I can see a Tv series being made of it - very visual! I think it's gripping because everyone has been in the situation Eva finds herself in: fed up with everyone taking her from granted. Alexander would be played by Idris Elba. [...]

    6. ‘The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year’ (2012) by Sue Townsend – is the entertaining, amusing, compelling and for the most part, perceptive story of our main protagonist Eva – who chooses to stay in bed for a year – along with the practicalities of doing so and the resulting ramifications and emanating shock waves. Ostensibly, Townsend’s novel is a light, humorous and unpretentious look at modern middle-class (dysfunctional) family life – the story of a woman who makes a conscious d [...]

    7. As I am currently experiencing a bit of enforced bed rest, this seemed an apt book to read!It is billed as ‘laugh out loud’ and ‘wonderfully funny’, according to the back of the book Jeremy Paxman said “The publishers could offer a money-back guarantee if you don’t laugh and be sure they wouldn’t have to write a single cheque” – I am not so sure that I agree. It is certainly sharp and well-observed, with humorous descriptions in places, but is it a comedy? I think not.Beautiful [...]

    8. This book was in a nutshell, absolutely TERRIBLE. So, not funny at all. But hey, my review might make up for it and give you a laugh. I was ready for some light laughter with a good chick-lit book to break up the massive amount of serial killer filled crime book and psychological thrillers that were threatening to make me permanently depressed. I picked this one off my book shelf, a REAL book, breaking away from the millions to review on my Kindle. (Rebel). I bought this at a book stall (bottom [...]

    9. I have never written a review in my life but there is always the first time. I will try.I only gave this book 2 stars instead of 1 as I didn't hate it.Daily Mail said 'I laughed until I cried.' Sunday times also 'Laugh-out-loud'I guess I have no sense of humour? I laughed only 4 times at the beginning of the book.This is a story about 50 years old Eva who went to bed for a year.No, she wasn't in coma, she has decided to.After 100 pages I was tired and wanted Eva to leave the bed but unfortunatel [...]

    10. I've been a Sue Townsend fan ever since Adrian Mole painted his room black (except for the show-through Noddy hats) in The Diary of Adrian Mole, aged 13 3/4. She manages to weave humour and pathos through her books, making them eminently readable and slipping truths into them under the cover of odd characters and interesting situations.In this book, Eva's twin children, autistic brilliants who never relate to anyone else, have left for university, and Eva decides to retire to her bed. Forever.Th [...]

    11. I would probably give this book a 2.5 if that option existed, if only for the first few chapters. I've always liked Sue Townsend and found The Queen and I very funny.This book begins with real promise. I liked the way the characters unfolded and could sympathize with Eva's weariness with the whole repetitive and thankless domestic cycle. Behind the laughter, I could feel the sadness, particularly in Brian, as horrible as he was.But then it began to feel as if half ripe plums were being lobbed my [...]

    12. I think expectations ruined this book for me. I'd read some magazine articles about it before reading, including one that said it was the book that people should be obsessing over, instead of the 50 Shades series (which I heavily dislike). The cover quotes were also very exciting, saying it was hysterically funny, witty, passionate etc etc.I've read maybe one other Sue Townsend book, and that was The Queen and I. So, I didn't know what to expect from this book, and I'm still not sure what catego [...]

    13. Prior to reading this book, my only experiences of Sue Townsend were Adrian Mole, whom at my mother's suggestion I read when I was younger. As remarkable here as in her other writing is Townsend's ability to cloak what is, upon reflection, often quite a set of starkly grim human truths in humour. On the day that her 17 year old twins move to university in Leeds, 50-year old Eva Beaver discovers a soup stain on the arm of the chair she painstakingly upholstered herself. This is the final straw, a [...]

    14. Sue Townsend tries to be clever with The Woman Who Went To Bed For A Year and is making an obvious effort to straddle comedy, drama, tragedy and social commentary. Unfortunately, the effort is more obvious than the result and the tone is uncomfortable throughout.The plot is simple, and potentially interesting. A middle-aged woman effectively has a breakdown, decides to go to bed and stay there for a year. Her family and an expanding cast of bizarre eccentrics become entirely responsible for her [...]

    15. This book was a little strange and whilst I wanted to like it a lot, mainly on the merit of the author, I’m afraid it was quite tedious to read at times.The book definitely seems like a book of two halves to me. Fortunately the fact that Townsend is a gifted and able satirist saved the first half of the book somewhat and, as an ever-curious reader, I quite enjoyed seeing where it would all pan out around the theme of escape. The second half, however, where Eva Beaver, a ‘beautiful’ (we are [...]

    16. I hoped this book would be funny, but sadly, it isn't. A woman called Eva decides, for no good reason that I can see, or any reason at all, to stay in bed for a year. Somewhat improbably, she manages to get several people, including her husband, mother, and mother-in-law, all running around bringing her food and drink. Even more improbaby, a handsome handyman called Alexander takes an inexplicable fancy to her, and starts running aroun waiting on her too. And people start coming to her for advic [...]

    17. I was going to give it 3 stars. I ended with two because of very poor ending. It is an easy read, yet the one which leaves you with major question of why you wasted all that time reading about a fifty-year old eccentric woman along with all other eccentric English people of various ages in the novel which clearly demonstrates how very strange and different Englishmen are. The novel is based on strong social irony but to my taste it was at times too straightforward and primitive to be enjoyable.

    18. I am begrudgingly giving this book one star out of five, simply as I managed to drag myself through 346 long pages and not reach the end, thus the one star is a feeble thought that in the last hundred or so pages it might have gotten better. OH MY GOODNESS. What an absolute waste of my time!!! Having heard from many people that Sue Townsend was a great author and the Adrian Mole books were fantastic, I thought this book looked good and I would give it a read. I thought wrong. Never have I read a [...]

    19. This was ostensibly a comedy novel about a woman whose life was not going the way she wanted it to.I won't write a detailed review, just a few pros and cons.Pros:- Some bits were funny. (Only some.)- Idea of someone giving up on life & hiding under duvet is both easy to relate to and yet absurd, thought it was a good premise for a comedy novel. - Parts about the twins were good.Cons:- Main character wasn't likeable. Can imagine the same plot written to make the main character seem despairing [...]

    20. I genuinely don't know what to say about this book. I was frustrated beyond measure by the main character, Eva. She takes to her bed the day her twins go to college because she feels she needs to. She needs to step off the never ending carousel of making dinners, shopping, organising and taking care of everyone. OK I can respect that. But as the months pass and she doesn't even want to take the few steps to use the en suite, I was irritated. Yes she feels overworked and overwhelmed but as her hu [...]

    21. 2.7 starsEva is simply fed up and would like the time to simply think. On the day her husband drops her mathematical genius twins off to college, Eva crawls under her duvet and decides she's not coming out again, for at least a year. Eventually, word gets round about Eva's decision and she is soon revered as something of a saint. People come to her for advice about everything, the likeness of her face appears in cooked objects and Eva shrinks within herself as her fear of leaving her bed grows a [...]

    22. I've read many unkind reviews of this book, and, to all of its critics, I must reply: clearly you've never been stuck on a dreadful merry-go-round that cannot seem to be stopping (or slowing down) for about two decades. I've not been either. But I do know how it is to want to shout to the scenery around you 'Stop! I want to get off! I've just made the one bad decision - do I have to put up with it forever?'And I think one must be heartless to not resonate with Eva ever so slightly. I mean, reall [...]

    23. Eva Beaver, majka sedamnaestogodišnjih blizanaca koji su otišli na fakultet, odlučila je jednog dana leći u krevet i u njemu ostati godinu dana. Umorna od brige za djecu, supruga, kuhanja i ostalih kućanskih poslova koje je morala sama obavljati, odlučila je prepustiti sve to drugima i ostati u krevetu u svojoj sobi. Njezin suprug misli da je doživjela živčani slom te ga brine tko će mu sada kuhati i pospremati ako ona ostane ležati u krevetu. Svi misle da je poludjela, osim majstora [...]

    24. The Woman Who Went To Bed For a Year is the story of a woman who goes to bed… For a year. And boy, do I envy her! Not only does she manage to wallow in her pit for 365 days, but she even manages to lose weight in the process. I’ll wager that if I ever attempted such a thing, I’d be a jubbering mound of lard by the end of it. Her secret: she never asks for food – she just waits it out to see who will bring it to her. This makes me think that Eva is not suffering from agoraphobia, or a men [...]

    25. I looked out for this book because a woman in my art group said she was reading it and it was quirky.Note to self : don't listen to this woman again.Ok, maybe I'm a little hard to please right now, but I'm looking for fiction that is truly quirky in the sense that it makes you smile and feel a little hopeful or feel that you have satisfactorily escaped for a while without having to really think too much.This book is not 'quirky'. It may be a little different and ok, there were parts along the wa [...]

    26. If you could sum up The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year in three words, what would they be?Unendearing, disappointing, ambling.What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)I'm afraid the ending was more than a little anticlimactic.Which character – as performed by Caroline Quentin – was your favourite?My favourite character was Alexander. In fact, he was the ONLY character I liked. He felt out of place in this story and almost seemed to be pining for a better book to jump into [...]

    27. Where do I start? The title grabbed me. The jacket promised "hilarious" and "laugh out loud" so I allowed myself to be sucked in. BIG MISTAKE. I think I have a pretty well-developed sense of humor, and not once did I even snicker. Halfway thru I was tempted to put it down and quit wasting my time because of the 10+ "main" characters, only two of them (Alexander, the handyman, and Stanley, the neighbor) were even remotely likable. But slog thru I did, just to find out how the author was going to [...]

    28. This was the first Sue Townsend that I've ever read. I of course knew of Adrian Mole, but he passed me by. Perhaps other readers expected Adrian but since I had no such expectations, I revelled in this book. It is a funny quirky sad novel about what happens to a family when the glue that keeps them together, loses its "stickiness". Eva gets into bed for no clear reason. The results have far-reaching effects. The book also delivers deft comment on social media and obsessions with celebrityhood, h [...]

    29. Take this book for what it is---a dark satire---and go with the book's main premise---being a mom and a wife is an exhausting, thankless job---and you will have one fun ride of a book. If you don't fall in the book's targeted demographics, if you are not, say, a tired mother or a weary stay-at-home wife, you may put the book down in exasperation. Though if you are, say, child of a tired mother or, say, husband of a weary stay-at-home wife, know that this book may lead to a full-fledged household [...]

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