Barbara Gowdy
Helpless
April 09, 2020 Comments.. 583
Helpless Barbara Gowdy Flip, flap here.Flip, flop there.Potato pancakes in the air.Latkes flying everywhere Winner of the National Jewish Book Award, Hanukkah follows one family s celebration of the holiday, from eating latkes and spinning the dreidel, to singing prayers and lighting the menorah With sweet rhyming text and warm illustrations, this is the perfect was to celebrate the festival oFlip, flap here.Flip, flop there.Potato pancakes in the air.Latkes flying everywhere Winner of the National Jewish Book Award, Hanukkah follows one family s celebration of the holiday, from eating latkes and spinning the dreidel, to singing prayers and lighting the menorah With sweet rhyming text and warm illustrations, this is the perfect was to celebrate the festival of lights.. Helpless Flip flap here Flip flop there Potato pancakes in the air Latkes flying everywhere Winner of the National Jewish Book Award Hanukkah follows one family s celebration of the holiday from eating lat
  • Title: Helpless
  • Author: Barbara Gowdy
  • ISBN: 9780316027441
  • Page: 188
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Melanie says:

      I liked this well enough Story of a young girl who is abducted There are POV s from several characters, which I liked including the abductor Another reviewer mentioned that the story was compelling but lacked depth and I agree with that A good book but not a great book.

    2. Rebecca McNutt says:

      I love Canadian fiction, but Helpless didn t really impress me too much It was typical and dull at the best of times.

    3. Guy says:

      This is a disturbing book, one that once begun kept me turning the pages It is very typically Gowdy, meaning that the protagonist is a humanized creep And that is what marks Gowdy apart from the good writer the ability to bring to her readers a feeling of understanding, and even some empathy, for a completely unsympathetic character It seems anti social to think and feel that a child abductor could be human, and not just a caricature of evil But this is the power of Gowdy s writing.Gowdy comment [...]

    4. Kirsty says:

      Wow Gowdy sure knows how to tell a gripping story.The book tells the story of Celia, a single mother, whose daughter Rachel is 9 years old and exceptionally beautiful When Rachel goes missing during a blackout, Celia desperately clings to her intuition that Rachel is still alive meanwhile, the kidnapper watches the media coverage with interest, whilst keeping Rachel in his recently renovated basement.The book had me hooked from page one The story is told from many different perspectives Rachel, [...]

    5. jo says:

      gowdy, a marvelous author of quirky experimental fiction, takes the straight road with this story of perverted desire and misses a great chance to investigate and complicate the place where im morality, love, desire, sex, and need meet this is a bland book that will make you side with the child abductor, not because he s sympathetic besides being a pedophile, the poor bastard is bald, fat, sweaty, and an all around sad sack , but because he s the least sickeningly normal of all the characters.

    6. Flora says:

      It pleases me none to give this such a low rating, as Barbara Gowdy is one of my favorite writers The only explanation is that this must be a case of literary identity theft someone wrote a bad book under her good name.

    7. Lori Bamber says:

      Barbara Gowdy achieves something remarkable in this book In this spell binding story, which I barely put down and was sorry to finish, she made me care deeply about a beautiful young girl, her flawed mother, a hard bitten former addict and a pedophile The title refers to the forces that all of these characters struggle against, and illustrates the adage that, if we really know someone, we will understand them and why they do what they do We will understand that, if we were them, we would probabl [...]

    8. Leo Robillard says:

      Barbara Gowdy rarely disappoints Her novels appear on bestseller lists around the world, and she no doubt has a loyal fan base Helpless, Gowdy s sixth book, contains everything her readers have come to expect from her work intelligence, sympathy, perception, and solid writing.Helpless details the abduction of Rachel, the nine year old daughter of Celia Fox The young girl considered an uncommon beauty by everyone that meets her becomes the object of one man s dark obsession, which in many ways is [...]

    9. Denis says:

      What I enjoy most about Barbara Gowdy s work is her willingness to take risks, and her interest and ability in portraying misfits, the disenfranchised, and outcasts of society.This novel s POV alternates between five characters There s Celia, a single mother, her beautiful nine year old daughter, Rachel, their loyal and generous landlord, Mika, Ron, a nerdy man struggling with pedophilic tendencies, and Ron s quirky and naive girlfriend, Nancy.When Gowdy published this book she was accused of em [...]

    10. Anne says:

      I stayed awake until the early hours of this morning to finish this book, it is strangly compelling, yet very disturbing at the same time.The recent tragic cases of child abduction gives this novel a very fresh and vivid sense of horror, it is far from an easy read and every time I put it down I had a stragne sense of almost voyeurism.Rachel, the little girl at the centre of the story is exceptionally beautiful her mother is bringing her up single handedly but in almost poverty stricken conditio [...]

    11. Chequer says:

      With a depth of imagery and a remarkable knowledge of human behaviour that is unattainable for most writers, Gowdy presents us with love in various forms parental, perverse or otherwise and displays the intensity that can make our most earnest attempts at caring for someone devastating She clears the darkness and lets us inside places unimaginable, whether we think we want to make the journey or not.She has clearly done her homework, which would have been extensive and substantial, for this work [...]

    12. Loraine says:

      The plot sounded good when I picked this book randomly off the library shelf I suppose it s good enough because I finished it BUT, i couldn t wait to get done with it so I can move on to something pleasurable and with substance It just didn t feel like very deep writing or much thought put into the characters or the personalities It felt disjointed, somehow and without substance Oh, I said that already For example, I didn t even know the story was set in Canada until 3 4 of the way through the [...]

    13. Tara Carman says:

      Creepy Gripping Suspenseful A parent s worst nightmare Overall a good read.

    14. Patricia says:

      Yikes, scary portrayl of abduction where you actually feel somewhat sorry for the abductor.

    15. Zoom says:

      This one s about a 9 year old girl kidnapped by a pedophile who is convinced he s rescuing her from an abusive home He and his girlfriend keep her in a specially constructed room in the basement He s an appliance repairman who also collects rare old vacuum cleaners I think I ve read this one before the vacuum cleaner thing really rang a bell Or maybe I ve seen the movie In any event, it s not my favourite Barbara Gowdy novel, so it s too bad if I accidentally read it twice.There were a couple of [...]

    16. Melanie says:

      This story hooked me right from the start I have a 9 year old daughter and this is the story of a 9 year old girl getting abducted by a pedophile Am I asking for nightmares or what I found all the different points of views really interesting For some reason Nancy s than the others How could she convince herself that this was ok I would have given this book a higher rating, but the last chapter was so disappointing I don t think in a million years this would have ended this way.

    17. Cynthia says:

      It s an emotional and disturbing story but I had to finish to see what happened at the end and I m glad that I did.

    18. Carol Patrick says:

      I tried really hard a couple of times to read this, but I just cant It isn t holding my interest at all

    19. S.M. says:

      Very suspenseful and not at all predictable A thought provoking story.

    20. Chad says:

      Barbara Gowdy has written six novels, and each one explores extremely different subjects and characters Helpless, Gowdy s latest work, concerns child abduction Helpless is an unusual love story, and Gowdy maturely analyzes different kinds of love parental, romantic, and destructive The novel contains a cast of complex, well drawn characters, but Nancy, the girlfriend of Ron, a child abductor and pedophile in denial, emerges as the most intriguing Gowdy skillfully shows how Nancy s past history i [...]

    21. Christopher Sword says:

      My favourite writer, Timothy Findley was quoted as saying or writing that a writer s responsibility is to draw attention to the ills of society I paraphrase the quote from memory and I have mixed feelings about the quotation itself For Findley, it was clearly one the driving forces behind his work Every good book should be shining a light on something negative in this world for it to be a good book but I ve read some good books that are the equivalent of a candy bar they taste good, they go down [...]

    22. Julia says:

      Protagonistinnen sind Celia, eine alleinerziehende Mutter, und Rachel, ihre neunj hrige Tochter Celia arbeitet hart, um die beiden durchzubringen und ist eher immer etwas zu besorgt um ihre Tochter, vor allem, weil sie eben nicht immer da sein kann und weil Rachel au ergew hnlich h bsch ist Wie gut, dass sie nicht wei , dass Rachel schon seit einiger Zeit beobachtet wird Ron, der sonst Elektroger te repariert, f hrt durch die Stadt und schaut zu, was Rachel so macht Er hat ein Auge auf sie gewor [...]

    23. Becky says:

      Nine year old Rachel Fox has the face of an angel, a heart stopping luminosity that strikes all who meet her Her single mother, Celia, working at a video store by day and a piano bar by night, is not always around to shield her daughter from the attention both benign and sinister that her beauty draws Attention from model agencies, for example, or from Ron, a small appliance repairman who, having seen Rachel once, is driven to see her again and again.When a summer blackout plunges the city into [...]

    24. CynthiaA says:

      I have to admit that I found the book to be disappointing It wasn t bad, but it didn t make me feel anything The motions in the book were quite subdued, considering the subject matter The story is about the abduction of a little girl The reader is gven insights into the world of the suffering mother, and that of the abductor I guess the author s point is to make you see that there are unknown motives behind everything I don t theing she wants the reader to empathize with the abductor, but she do [...]

    25. Louise says:

      As usual, Barbara Gowdy pens another winner From dust jacket Nine year old Rachel Fox has the face of an angel, a heart stopping luminosity that strikes all who meet her Her single mother, Celia, working at a video store by day and a piano bar by night, is always around to shield her daughter from the attention both benign and sinister her beauty draws From modelling agencies, for example, or from Ron, a small appliance repairman who, having seen Rachel once, is driven to see her again and again [...]

    26. Kris - My Novelesque Life says:

      2.5 STARS Nine year old Rachel Fox has the face of an angel, a heart stopping luminosity that strikes all who meet her Her single mother, Celia, working at a video store by day and a piano bar by night, is not always around to shield her daughter from the attention both benign and sinister that her beauty draws Attention from model agencies, for example, or from Ron, a small appliance repairman who, having seen Rachel once, is driven to see her again and again.When a summer blackout plunges the [...]

    27. Sheila says:

      I love books that take you into someone s heart and mind, and Barbara Gowdy s Helpless does just that, and does it well She has a genius for creating characters who deviate from the norm, and doing it in such a way that we can understand them, even if we can t help judging them for their worst behaviours Often, she shows such compassionate insight into human nature that she succeeds in getting us to withhold judgement, too.I find the characters in Helpless intrinsically interesting, as I often f [...]

    28. Katie Kenig says:

      After having finished this book last night before bed, I m still not sure how I feel about it.Helpless is a novel about child abduction It tells the tale from the inside, from the helpless to solve the mystery mother s point of view, from the helpless because she s locked in a basement child s and from the helpless to control himself helpless in the face of loving a man abductors.I think the book was trying to throw a wedge of sympathy into my heart for the abductors, but every time I started to [...]

    29. Christine Jones says:

      I have never previously read anything by this author and had no expectations when I picked up this book It looked interesting from the book jacket which basically describes the story of an abduction of a nine year old girl and the feelings of helplessness shared by different characters in the story.This book was not terribly written, nor was it a bad story However, I felt like I started an interesting tale parallel tales actually that in some ways could have gone so far and didn t.To me this was [...]

    30. Louise says:

      One of those strange books where you never really know which character you side with, at some points I found all the characters incredibly frustrating and at others terribly sorry for one or the other The writing style is very engaging and the story an interesting one but I felt rather letdown when I got to the end.One of my main issues is that it was as if the writer suddenly realised she needed to end the book, the last few pages felt incredibly rushed in relation to the detail present in the [...]

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