By Bernice Rubens Published by Eyre & Spottiswoode Norman is the clever one of a close-knit Jewish family in the East End of London. Infant prodigy; brilliant. Despite the often grim subject matter of her books, Bernice Rubens wrote Her best-known novel, The Elected Member, explored loneliness. The Elected Member is a Booker Prize-winning novel by Welsh writer Bernice Rubens. Plot[edit]. The novel’s main character is Norman Zweck, who is addicted .

Author: Dailabar Gukazahn
Country: Senegal
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Finance
Published (Last): 12 January 2016
Pages: 308
PDF File Size: 11.10 Mb
ePub File Size: 2.93 Mb
ISBN: 638-7-64684-879-2
Downloads: 24818
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Salkis

The Elected Member | The Man Booker Prizes

Was his death the “closure” that the novel needed? His appearance would change her life for ever; it still haunts the family home she holds in trust rubfns her beloved son Paolo.

The story, published instruck me as terribly relevant to today’s speed addicted membet from the overuse of ADD drug prescriptions NY Times, “More Diagnoses of Hyperactivity Causing Concern”, April 1,p. Difficult Women by Roxane Gay. To read the rest of my review visit http: Trivia About The Elected Member.

You can preview and edit on the next page. His father and younger unmarried sister Bella, who deeply love Norman but fear his ever more worrisome outbursts, work together to place him in a mental institution, in a last ditch effort to get him back to his old self.

The book explored the controversial theories of the psychologist R D Laing who argued that behind every disturbed person there eletced a “disturbing” familythrough the central character Norman Zweck, a gifted only son who suffers a mental breakdown under the pressure of family expectations and is committed to an asylum.

I found the Zwecks irritating in different ways, but really enjoyed Norman’s fellow ‘in-mates’ with their varying psychoses and idiosyncracies. For Norman, his committal to a mental hospital represents the ultimate act of betrayal. What Norman thinks and what his family recalls is often vastly different. The weight of it combined with his addiction to amphetamines drives him mad.


The Elected Member

He was smart boy eected a strong knack for languages who eventually starts a promising career in law. Norman the son is going mad and gernice his family reactions and recollections where the story came alive. John and Allen P. The language is majestic, with phrases like “they were clad in black and bureaucracy,” and “she [a Jewish person] called her ring pogrom money, because it was portable currency. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: In Spring Sonataa musically gifted foetus listens to his parent’s conversations, concludes that too much is expected of him and decides not to be born.

The doctor convinces them that, with Norman’s repeated relapses, the only way to help him is to commit him to a home, where he can be eoected. How did you interpret the Title, who is The Elected Member? One of London’s minor communities, the Jewish community is studied at a very personal level and this study reveals Middleton’s mastery over the subject.

Well, the context is pretty universal- how we don’t mean to do bad things but the inherent weakness in all of us results in weak actions membee in turn bring a lot of misery to ourselves and our families. Micro-Resilience by Bonnie St. The ending brings some closure, but leaves many questions unanswered; overall, a poignant and very well-written novel.

To ask other readers questions about The Elected Memberplease sign up. I can see why this was a booker prize winner I really enjoyed it!

As a little girl during the war, Anna watched an Englishman arrive at the house, seeking shelter from the Germans. Where is she now? Her need to run away was rash however, and she is now trapped in a household where she feels no love for her husband the saintly sinner John, who knows their marriage will never be consummated but who loves his wife nonetheless.


For a character that has long been dead at the start of a novel, the mother had an incredible amount of influence on this family and their lives. The narrative begins in the middle of Norton’s madness and proceeds with many flashbacks.

Obviously Norman’s psychotic tale being more self centered than the others or is it? I enjoyed reading rubenss Booker that was so very localized thd several more are to come. What is evident fubens that Bernice Rubens is an amazing writer and that this is a brilliantly written The destruction of a family. There’s also the simple appeal of sustained, quality nernice. His father, a Rabbi, makes the difficult decision to have Norman committed for treatment.

Bernice Rubens – Telegraph

Addicted to pills and seeing silverfish everywhere, Norman was once the pride of his entire community. More from the web. Two English students, Ellie and James, set off to hitch-hike across Europe with no particular aim in mind but a continent, and themselves, to discover.

A Five Year Sentencein which a retired spinster, given a five-year diary as a present, valiantly attempts to fill her empty days, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. After a trip home from Australia, Ellen is keen to bring the neglected property back to its former glory and enlists the help of her dear friend and one of Ireland’s top interior bernicr, Colette Barry.

It is one of the best books books I have read this year. Feb 19, Tonymess rated it it was amazing. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Rubens does a fantastic job at painting a rich character sketch of each flawed, but dubens, member of the family.