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by Red Shoes
Tue Jul 10, 2007 5:28 am
Forum: The Monday Night Thread
Topic: Monday Night Thread - Reminiscing about the last 3 years
Replies: 45
Views: 10455

22 books! Wow, well done ladies! :-) I've only joined in with three of those - Happy Days, The People's Act of Love and Gilbert Grape. My favourite of those was TPAOL which I thought was a completely fascinating and intriguing story. I'm so sad that I wasn't around for the Shantaram discussion, as I...
by Red Shoes
Tue May 01, 2007 5:58 am
Forum: What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Topic: WEGG Question #29 ~ Relating to the Story
Replies: 27
Views: 4715

I agree with what everyone's been saying. :cool: I think another way it's so comfortable to relate to is Gilbert's sheer honesty. I'm thinking of times when he complains about Arnie and talks about how annoying he is, calls him names etc. That's very honest and I would guess that everyone who spends...
by Red Shoes
Tue Apr 24, 2007 6:52 pm
Forum: What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Topic: WEGG Question #23 ~ After the Party
Replies: 35
Views: 6194

I think the "Pollyanna"s among us do have a point - the movie Momma did seem more like she was making a positive step forward. As for Book Momma though, it still feels more like a stepping away than a stepping forward to me. When people are planning to get on with life or take a new direct...
by Red Shoes
Tue Apr 24, 2007 9:11 am
Forum: What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Topic: WEGG Question #22 ~ Gilbert's Meltdown
Replies: 17
Views: 3805

I agree, Parlez. Gilbert expected so much of himself, but expected nothing of Arnie. Arnie wasn't required to follow many rules or stick to any standards of behaviour, there were no consequences when he upset or hurt anybody and he was enormously coddled by his mother. All of which is perfectly unde...
by Red Shoes
Tue Apr 24, 2007 9:01 am
Forum: What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Topic: WEGG Question #23 ~ After the Party
Replies: 35
Views: 6194

I actually think it is that simple, GG. I think she knows that she will die soon (maybe not that it will be quite that soon, but that she hasn't got long left), and now that she's seen Arnie turn 18 she's happy to face the music. She just would like to be comfortable one more time in her own bed bef...
by Red Shoes
Sun Apr 22, 2007 6:32 pm
Forum: What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Topic: WEGG Question #21 - The Voice Inside Gilbert's Head
Replies: 16
Views: 3379

My copy had to go back to the library and my poor overtired brain can't remember any quotes right now. I very much agree with this one that Betty Sue posted - I want to say, "I've never missed having a father, because of you," but I stay quiet. It expresses so much of Gilbert's personality...
by Red Shoes
Thu Apr 19, 2007 5:32 pm
Forum: What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Topic: WEGG Question #18 - Acting Out
Replies: 21
Views: 4360

I don't think Gilbert was any more immature than most 24-yr-old men. I think generally in the early/mid twenties men are only just breaking out of teenage childishness. Most I know from recent years have moments of maturity and moments of immaturity, about equally divided. Add to that normal life-st...
by Red Shoes
Thu Apr 12, 2007 8:30 pm
Forum: What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Topic: WEGG Question #11 ~ Progress?
Replies: 40
Views: 6765

DiTHoT, I was about to say just what you said. :cool: I think Gilbert feels that the world is changing in a bad way - store clerks don't help you with your bags anymore, nobody at those places knows your name or what products you like, and it's all about image and money. I think Gilbert dislikes the...
by Red Shoes
Thu Apr 12, 2007 1:13 am
Forum: What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Topic: WEGG Question #10 ~ More on Gilbert & Momma
Replies: 28
Views: 3030

Linda Lee, I wondered how Gilbert felt when Momma would repeat time and again that all she wanted to see was her boy turn 18. How would that have made Gilbert feel? What did she want for him? That really bugged me everytime she said that. :grr: It's like he just couldn't do enough to please her.......
by Red Shoes
Wed Apr 11, 2007 8:01 pm
Forum: What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Topic: WEGG Question #10 ~ More on Gilbert & Momma
Replies: 28
Views: 3030

I wonder about this too, particularly because at the end, he is so determined that no one will make a joke out of Momma. Earlier, though, he was happy to let the local kids laugh at her. So I guess his view changes through the course of those last few days. I agree with the others who said Momma's c...
by Red Shoes
Tue Apr 10, 2007 1:29 am
Forum: What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Topic: WEGG Question #7 ~ More on the Party
Replies: 21
Views: 2315

Firstly I just wanted to apologise for not joining in the last few questions - I am reading but find it hard to join in all the time. Great discussions so far everyone! I think part of the reason Gilbert cries in Burger Barn may be that he realises he is wrong about something he was really passionat...
by Red Shoes
Tue Apr 03, 2007 3:17 pm
Forum: What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Topic: WEGG Question #2 - Living
Replies: 42
Views: 5068

I think I agree with Gilbert that being born is the luck of the draw. I think. That's actually quite a hard question. As for Gilbert avoiding feeling alive, I get the impression that he's trying to find soemthing to make him feel alive - only he never has time to find it. I think he does avoid much ...
by Red Shoes
Mon Apr 02, 2007 7:22 am
Forum: What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Topic: WEGG Question #1 - Insides
Replies: 36
Views: 4269

Yay! I finally got the book just in time for the questions! Reading reading reading.... Ok, to Becky's note. I think she is being quite clever and saying several things at once; 1. She's saying that she knows she's attractive on the outside - but that on the inside she's even better. Almost a cheeky...
by Red Shoes
Wed Mar 28, 2007 7:21 pm
Forum: What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Topic: WEGG Tidbit #18 ~ Water Towers
Replies: 17
Views: 3812

Wow. Well, what do you know. Isn't it funny how we can go through life never even wondering how the water from our taps gets there! We have a few water towers around here and where I used to live (hilly area in western Sydney) there are many places with huge tanks up on hills. But I"d never eve...
by Red Shoes
Wed Mar 28, 2007 7:07 pm
Forum: What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Topic: WEGG Tidbit #17 ~ Welcome to Des Moines!
Replies: 14
Views: 1955

Wow. That Capitol building is amazing! When I see buildings like that I think of centuries-old European cities; never would have thought of Des Moines, Iowa. And yes, the walkways are a fabulous idea. My biggest excitement of this tidbit comes from the book quote, though; It's in Gilbert's first-per...

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