Whats Eating Gilbert Grape by Peter HedgesJust about everything in Endora, Iowa (pop. 1,091 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 been eating nonstop ever since her husbands suicide, and the floor beneath her TV chair is threatening to cave in. Gilberts 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 Gilberts 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.
What's Eating Gilbert Grape A Novel
What's Eating Gilbert Grape
These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. What's Eating Gilbert Grape focuses on a small town in Iowa called Endora, and tells the tale of a dyfunctional family living in this closed off community where small meaningless parts of everyday life hold literary significance. Published in , What's Eating Gilbert Grape was Peter Hedges' debut novel, yet his experience as a playwright shines through as the characters feel fully realised and simultaneously theatrical. Growing up in Iowa himself, he paints country life with astute attention to detail with the narrative voice picking up the nuances of the colloquial Iowan tongue. Despite the eccentricities of his characters, for example the mentally disabled brother Arnie of protagonist Grape and his morbidly obese mother Bonnie , Hedges has stated in interview that his ethos for his writing was one of ensuring dignity. The novel can be read as the acheivement of dignity for characters who have been denied it through their ostracisation for society shown through the microcosm of Endora. The book was a huge success for Hedges, catapulting him into the limelight of the literary world.
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The film follows year-old Gilbert Depp , a grocery store clerk caring for his morbidly obese mother Cates and his mentally impaired younger brother DiCaprio in a sleepy Midwestern town. Peter Hedges wrote the screenplay, adapted from his novel of the same name. The film was well-received; DiCaprio received his first Academy Award nomination for his role.
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