Bed by David Whitehouse
Book rating: 3 of 5 stars
Cover rating: 5 of 5 stars
The story of a man who decides one day to stay in bed - forever.
First thoughts: This is a sparse story. There are only a handful of characters, and not much by way of flowery description. The metaphors are rich, though, and we get a lot of the inner-workings of our narrator's thoughts.
Plot device: I like the dual timeline. We get the past racing to meet the present, knowing something big will happen when it does.
Favorite quote: "What if life is this, giving you the wonder of a heart that beats and then smashing it into a million tiny pieces? When everything you're taught to expect comes to nothing? If this is life, then why get out of bed?" -p226
Recommended for: fans of stories and extended metaphors, people who wonder what the deal is with life.
Final thoughts: Huh. We get what we're waiting for in the end, but still not sure if it's an entirely satisfying end.
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