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B S Johnson was an experimental English novelist who is too little known and who took his own life when aged only 40 I was drawn to this particular novel first because of its subject matter a care home for older people It follows a portion of the day for the residents and the House Mother or matron who is in charge of their care The time period its length isn t clear includes a meal and clearing up the house song truly awful some work including sticking together Christmas crackers and putting stuff in bottles pass the parcel and dancing although I m not convinced dancing is what is being described in some cases as it seems to involve mops and wheelchairs and resembles jousting Each of the residents has allotted 21 pages the events happen at exactly the same point in each narrative so that comparisons can be made At the very beginning there is a description of each resident s medical conditions and capabilities including a score relating to a set of uestions meant to assess cognitive abilities The residents are given their say starting with the younger and cognitively able and ending with those who have little or no verbal ability and much of the last two or three resident s pages are virtually blank The House Mother has her say last of all and has an extra page Johnson himself described what he wanted to do with the novel What I wanted to do was to take an evening in an old people s home and see a single set of events through the eyes of not less than eight old people Due to the various deformities and deficiencies of the inmates these events would seem to be progressively abnormal to the reader At the end there would be the viewpoint of the House Mother an apparently normal person and the events themselves would then be seen to be so bizarre that everything that had come before would seem normal by comparison The idea was to say something about the things we call normal and abnormal and the technical difficulty was to make the same thing interesting nine times over since that was the number of times the events would have to be described Each of the old people was allotted a space of twenty one pages and each line on each page represented the same moment in each of the other accounts this meant an unjustified right hand margin and led than one reviewer to imagine the book was in verse House Mother s account has an extra page in which she is shown to be the puppet or concoction of a writer youalways knew there was a writer behind it allAh there s no fooling you readers Nor should there be It is described as a geriatric comedy but the comedy is very bleak indeed There is of a growing sense of horror as the petty tyranny and brutality gradually come across to the reader There might be a temptation to say that all the abuse is the invention of the writer but unfortunately I can assure you that it is not Whilst there is an oddity in some of the abuse here most of it is plausible and has been done It is only necessary to recall the Winterbourne view case this will be familiar to those in the UK which was uite recent As Johnson says this is a study of what is normal and abnormal but it is also a study in the use and abuse of power exercised over the weak and vulnerable Johnson manages to make the voices of the residents poignant and human as they look back over their lives and loves He also captures the disconnectedness of cognitive deficit very well He doesn t in my opinion uite get advanced dementia right communication may be very limited but I don t believe the mind is as blank as he indicates This is a brave and interesting novel There have been some critics who have noted that this could be seen as a deeply unpleasant book and calling it a comedy is not appropriate This misses the point Johnson does try to make the reader laugh with his descriptions of some of the events However because of the poignancy and humanity of the pen portraits the reader realises what they are laughing at is the abuse and brutalisation of a vulnerable human being There is also a sense of the writer reminding the reader that this could be where they are headed too and will it be any better then After the Flood proceedin. 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Gs of the evening from their own individual perspective By virtue of the novel’s clever structure the reader’s comprehension of events is lim. I wish I d been kind to old people then now I know how it is It s always the same you cannever know until you actually are And then it s too late You realise which are the importantthings only when it s too late that s the trouble House Mother Normal is the stream of senile consciousness And we try to decipher these chaotic torrents into the lives of those in whose heads the consciousness is lockedThe characters attempt to look back at their past My true love went once round fingering blue hair he had with his long black eyes four foot three in his bloomers I remember him so clearly it was in a pub we first met I was with my mates at the time he was with his Yellow jumper and pale skirt He was my first it was raining at the time And they endeavour to face their present misery How can I think about anything else it s constant the pain what else is there to think about it goes round and round in circles my mind off it on it not very often off it And there is the House Mother who knows all her residents and who is like God to themAnd there is the Author who is God to them all The joys of life continue strongThroughout old age however longIf only we can cheerful stayAnd brightly welcome every day

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Ited so as to allow them a powerful experience Johnson’s humorous yet deeply compassionate depiction of what it means to live life and grow old. Readers and critics have commented on BS Johnson s experimental use of telling a tale Which is perfectly true but also he is so far or what I have read is very much a straight ahead narrative writer He has a great imagination and skills in relating the narrative is a slightly different way but he s totally readable for everyone who loves a narrative The story here is about an old people s home in the UK and you hear the participants voices in separate chapters but one presumes at the same time The inner dialogue is jumpy and sometimes doesn t connect but the overall effect is one not losing the narrative point of view of what is happening at that time and place The last chapter is House Mother who is the objectionable voice which of course is cruel Johnson is a good writer for other writers He knows the format of the novel or narrative and he plays with that form He knows the rules of the game or otherwise he wouldn t know how to break them


10 thoughts on “House Mother Normal A Geriatric Comedy

  1. says:

    B S Johnson was an experimental English novelist who is too little known and who took his own life when aged only 40 I was drawn to t

  2. says:

    BS Johnson's fifth experimental novel is a chorus of moribund voices each one distinctly rendered on the page in the form of typographically

  3. says:

    My brother's review of this excellent book is spot on I totally agree with him that this book deserves all those glittering starsBryan Stanley Johnson 1933 1973 was an English novelist who loved to experiment For 1

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    “I wish I’d been kind to old people then now I know how it is It’s always the same you cannever know until you actually are And then it’s too late You realise which are the importantthings only when it’s too late that’s the trouble” House Mother Normal is the stream of senile consciousness And we try to decipher these chaotic t

  5. says:

    Since I've recently become a sucker for white space in fiction ;; just a moment to note the wonderful white space and blank pages in this wonderful 1971 rompwhite spaceAnd this is completely unrelated But if like me you be a ZappaFreak ; here's a show you don't want to miss Because if features Bianca the Bionic Woman on

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    Let me tell you the reasons why I consider this book not normalFirst it came upon me while I was alone by myself in a mal

  7. says:

    Disappointing especially after a strong beginning I feel bad giving this so few stars when it did so many things wellThe novel is set in a home for the elderly There are 8 residents and 1 House Mother who cares for them In each of the 9 chapters you get to live inside the head of one of these characters After some obligatory facts and figures about their health and mental awareness etc you are dumped into that character's head for 21 pages

  8. says:

    35 rounded downI'd read and enjoyed a few of Johnson's works but came to THIS one due to the titular character also being prominent

  9. says:

    Readers and critics have commented on BS Johnson's experimental use of telling a tale Which is perfectly true but also he is so far or what I have read is very much a straight ahead narrative writer He has a great imagination and skills in relating the narrative is a slightly different way but he's totally rea

  10. says:

    I'd originally heard that this was stream of consciousness from nine characters all happening at once in real time which made me prepare myse

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