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 .

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Bernice Rubens

On her own terms then, The Elected Member is a success. View all 4 comments. For a full review visit my blog at www. She refused to take his money, not wanting to allow him to salve his conscience. Norman, the “elected member”of the title is a child prodigy who speaks many languages and becomes a lawyer but is addicted to amphetami This Booker Prize winner is a strange little novel, maybe you have to be Jewish to really engage with it. Jul 23, Beth bibliobeth added it. Stand-up comedian who broke new ground with his television series The Larry Sanders Show.

The Elected Member | The Man Booker Prizes

This Booker winner is prefaced by a short quote: This is the second winner of the Man Booker Prize, and it was a much easier read than the first. To view it, click here. Bernive enjoyed this book.


There are also some references to Jewish mythology which need follow up reading. In the Name of the Family by Sarah Dunant. Do you have a picture to add?

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Did everyone contribute a little in the making of this tragedy? Writing about her marriage must have had a cathartic effect, for Bernice Rubens went on to produce her Booker Prize-winning The Elected Member. The Elected Member centres on the Zweck family: To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Norman certainly had his share of tragedies, and was not an innocent in terms of his family’s problems, but I still wonder about his ailments.

Can a house heal heartache? For those who love the writings and work of R. This was really a wonderful piece of information. Her first novel, Set On Edgewhich explored the destructive potency of parental expectation, was a critical success, and, reassured, she pursued the Jewish family theme in Madame Sousatzka which tells of an infant prodigy, taken up by a slightly mad but tremendously talented piano teacher, Madame Sousatzka, whom he eventually leaves behind.

Constable The Test Nathan Leamon. His promising career is destroyed and his suffering puts his aging father under a lot of shock, stress and pain. At the beginning of the novel, Bella and her father call out the doctor for the umpteenth time after Norman has another bad bout of hallucination. Rubens’ telling of the mental institution was extremely well done. She began writing at the age of 35, when her children started nursery school.

A very well written tale of a dysfunctional family written long rhe such tales became fashionable. Jan 05, Joe Clarke rated it really liked it Shelves: Norman Zweck is a year-old London barrister, struck down in his prime because of his addiction. Always especially nice to have that happen when your expectations were a little low to start with. Abacus Less Andrew Sean Greer. Thanks for telling us about the problem.


What a beautifully written book with a tragi-comic perspective about a Jewish family whose son, Norman, has been committed to a mental hospital after repeated bouts with drug abuse. Feb 02, Courtney H.

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 rehabilitated. A beautiful read that delivers a shocking and satisfying ending’ Liv Constantine, bestselling author of The Last Mrs ParrishSeraphine Mayes and her brother Danny are known as the summer-born Summerbournes: By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

To read the rest of my review visit http: Norman’s ‘incarceration’ prompts a reflective mood in the family, and little by little, we learn about membsr family’s history and the dark secrets that are the root cause of unhappiness for each of the Zwecks.

Are the Zwecks really bad people?