The Elected Member

The Elected Member

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by Bernice Rubens
     
 

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Norman is the clever one of a close-knit Jewish family in the East End of London. Infant prodigy; brilliant barrister; the apple of his parents' eyes... until at forty-one he becomes a drug addict, confined to his bedroom, at the mercy of his hallucinations and paranoia.

For Norman, his committal to a mental hospital represents the ultimate act of betrayal. For

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Norman is the clever one of a close-knit Jewish family in the East End of London. Infant prodigy; brilliant barrister; the apple of his parents' eyes... until at forty-one he becomes a drug addict, confined to his bedroom, at the mercy of his hallucinations and paranoia.

For Norman, his committal to a mental hospital represents the ultimate act of betrayal. For Rbbi Zweck, Norman's father, his son's deterioration is a bitter reminder of his own guilt and failure. Only Bella, the unmarried sister, still in her childhood white ankle socks, can reach across the abyss of pain to bring father and son the elusive peace which they both desperately crave.

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The writing sparkles and flickers and blazes.—JEWISH CHRONICLE

The novel moves from intense emotion to humour and pathos to the frightening realisation that those who are surrounded by the insane quickly become insane themselves. Read it.—DARTS

Splendidly sane, compassionate and often grotesquely funny.—DAILY TELEGRAPH

She has a large compassion, and an intelligence which makes her compulsively readable.—NEW STATESMAN

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780349130224
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
778,103
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.62(d)

Meet the Author

Bernice Rubens was born is Wales and worked as both a writer and a film maker. She is the winner of the Booker Prize for The Elected Member, and was shortlisted for the same prize for a subsequent novel: A Five Year Sentence. She died in 2004.

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The Elected Member 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
puzzleman More than 1 year ago
You have to like this genre to really enjoy the book. Like Psycho or Cuckoo's nest, this can make you uncomfortable at times. For this reason, it is well written, rarely boring.