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The Road to Wellville de T. C. Boyle
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The Road to Wellville (edició 1994)

de T. C. Boyle (Autor)

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Will Lightbody is a man with a stomach ailment whose only sin is loving his wife, Eleanor, too much. Eleanor is a health nut of the first stripe, and when in 1907 she journeys to Dr. John Harvey Kellogg's infamous Battle Creek Spa to live out the vegetarian ethos, poor Will goes too. So begins T. Coraghessan Boyle's wickedly comic look at turn-of-the-century fanatics in search of the magic pill to prolong their lives--or the profit to be had from manufacturing it. Brimming with a Dickensian cast of characters and laced with wildly wonderful plot twists, Jane Smiley in the New York Times Book Review called The Road to Wellville "A marvel, enjoyable from beginning to end.… (més)
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Títol:The Road to Wellville
Autors:T. C. Boyle (Autor)
Informació:Penguin Books (1994), Edition: New, 496 pages
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Un livre particulièrement jouissif et réussi. On en est à se prendre d'amitié pour les escrocs patentés. ( )
  Nikoz | Jan 15, 2024 |
I am a superfan of T.C. Boyle's writing yet this one might be a Big Ask for the reader. It's a very long historical novel on the wellness fad back in the day, around 1907. Oh and it's satire, of course. Luckily with alternating chapters split between three characters, Dr. Kellogg himself, the master of multitasking and overachieving, Charlie Ossining, a man starting his own competing breakfast foods business, Will Lightbody, a patient at Dr. Kellogg's Battle Creek Sanitarium (oh and his wife Eleanor gets one chapter too.) Surprisingly, Post doesn't make much of an appearance, though Kellogg considers him a nemesis. But Dr. Kellogg has many other enemies closer to home. Really, any book written about Kellogg could have went in many different tangents, and really doesn't feature in most of this book anyway. But a book this long -- the three (four, really) main characters are the perfect balance, to really encompass the variety of people living during this time. But that satire! You have to forgive Boyle for loving the written word this much. He has fun. The satire in every sentence is like a slab of sheet cake with more and more layers of icing. I can take it for this many pages, but can many other readers? I enjoyed it anyway! The film is also a hoot, though makes some changes that (obviously) makes the book better. ( )
  booklove2 | Apr 11, 2023 |
I read this years ago. Now, in 2022, I only recall liking it. ( )
  mykl-s | Dec 17, 2022 |
It was alright! A bit too long for what it was...I found it dragging a bit. I did like the fictionalization of what it must have been like at the sanitorium with Dr. Kellogg, it seemed like it could have been true. ( )
  katebrarian | Mar 11, 2022 |
con men and health seekers at Kellogg's famous sanitarium
  ritaer | Jul 28, 2021 |
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Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, inventor of the corn flake and peanut butter, not to mention caramel-cereal coffee, Bromose, Nuttolene and some other seventy-five other gastrically correct foods, paused to level his gaze on the heavyset woman in the front row. As was the audience, judging from the gasp that arose after she's raised her hand, stood shakily and demanded to know what was so sinful about a good porterhouse steak-it had done for the pioneers, hadn't it? And for her father and his father before him?
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"The Battle Creek Sanitarium: Organized Rest Without Ennui."
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Will Lightbody is a man with a stomach ailment whose only sin is loving his wife, Eleanor, too much. Eleanor is a health nut of the first stripe, and when in 1907 she journeys to Dr. John Harvey Kellogg's infamous Battle Creek Spa to live out the vegetarian ethos, poor Will goes too. So begins T. Coraghessan Boyle's wickedly comic look at turn-of-the-century fanatics in search of the magic pill to prolong their lives--or the profit to be had from manufacturing it. Brimming with a Dickensian cast of characters and laced with wildly wonderful plot twists, Jane Smiley in the New York Times Book Review called The Road to Wellville "A marvel, enjoyable from beginning to end.

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