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Ordinary People door Judith Guest
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Ordinary People (origineel 1976; editie 1982)

door Judith Guest

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Seventeen-year-old Conrad returns home from a mental institution, where he was sent after his brother's accidental death and his own ensuing suicide attempt. To begin a new life he must learn to accept himself and those close to him.
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Titel:Ordinary People
Auteurs:Judith Guest
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (1982), Paperback, 272 pages
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Gewone Mensen door Judith Guest (Author) (1976)

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A poignant story of Conrad, a teen who was institutionalized after he tried to kill himself following the accidental drowning of his older brother. Upon his release, Conrad was always uneasy with his parents and his friends. Conrad's father also secretly attempted suicide. Conrad goes through several years of counseling, but seems to recover. Family life did not get any better as Conrad's parents finally separate. I think this would be a good book for teens or somebody who lost a sibling or parent as a young person. I found the book a tad juvenile. ( )
  Tess_W | Jun 3, 2021 |
When real tragedy happens in a family that is centered on a surface perfections it sets off a slow avalanche which strips illusions and shatters identities. The reader enters the story after the main events to see where the pieces fall. ( )
  quondame | Dec 17, 2020 |
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As is often the case, I liked the book more than the film, but not a lot more. We get a lot more detail about the early life of Calvin, the father, who turns out to have been an orphan (mentioned only in passing in the film) which certainly gives him more depth and perhaps gives him more resources to deal with tragedy than Beth has. Jeannine is a more complete character (and she and Conrad have discreetly narrated sex in the last chapter). Beth herself remains unsatisfactory. ( )
  nwhyte | Dec 5, 2020 |
Last time I read this book I must've been in high school. I remembered some of it, but most of the nuances and details had been forgotten- or had simply gone unnoticed by me at the time. I did remember it was about this kid struggling after the death of his older brother, how awkward family friends were about it, how unspoken most of the emotional burden he faced daily, how his parents were drifting apart under the strain.

I'd forgotten that part of it is told from the father's viewpoint, but the mother is always described in third person. She seems cold, sometimes indifferent, accuses the dad of being overly concerned and too involved with his now-only son. The kid- Conrad- is repeating his junior year of high school while all his friends are now seniors. He became severely depressed after loosing his brother- in what sounds like a very frightening, traumatic incident (when it's finally revealed at the end of the story) made a suicide attempt, and spent time in a mental institution. Very little is described of that, but what is firmly shows how old this book is- the diagnosis is clear yet he's given no medication although several times a teacher or friend of the parents asks if he'd been put on tranqilizers. Nope, there's just mention that he received shock treatment, and when he comes home it's left up to him to take initiative to call a psychologist and go to appointments of his own accord. I found that surprising, honestly.

What did feel very real and relevant no matter what the timeframe of this story- was how people struggled to know how to relate to Conrad now that he's home again. Things are the same- but also very different. Friends are awkward. He tries to meet and talk with a girl he knew in the hospital- there were quite good friends there- and that doesn't go so well. He tries daily to beat down the anxiety in his head, to find the motivation to do normal everyday tasks, to focus in school. The therapist is odd and eccentric, but aside from that very good at his job as far as I could tell. I remembered from this part of the book the dramatic scenes when Conrad went in there upset and there was a lot of yelling- but during this read I noticed all the moments of careful guidance, of sound advice that wasn't too preachy, of how he helped Conrad figure out what he wanted to do and how to build himself up again as it were. And finally, in the end, to actually face the emotional turmoil he'd shoved down inside surrounding the incident with his brother. There's also some very nice parts about him facing down kids at school who are unkind, standing up for himself when he realizes being on a sports team isn't what he wants, finding a few new friends and even getting brave enough to ask out a girl he admires.

It doesn't have a perfect, happy ending. It's a normal family with some heartbreaking difficulties, and they don't come through it all in one piece. Some things are better, some are not. The realism of that is what makes this book such a strong read. (I was terribly bored with all the mention of golf, though).

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  jeane | Aug 23, 2020 |
This book approaches a crisis in a family from a number of different points of view. At first, there seems to be nothing wrong, but as you go on they keep mentioning the hospital stay. The boy missed some school and was thus held back. There is an enormous elephant in the room and it has to be dealt with by each character.

The book is good enough to draw you in, and apparently, it was turned into a movie back in the 1980s but I never watched it. Rather, I had never heard of it. Some people can talk about hearing the characters speak in the voices of the actors, but I have no such advantage. So it becomes slightly boring to me, especially when they keep beating around the bush with their issues.

In a sense, the title is quite appropriate. These are all just people living their lives and dealing with things. I guess it is a relief that I took this book out of the library rather than buying it. ( )
  Floyd3345 | Jun 15, 2019 |
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