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The Bus on Thursday (2018)

por Shirley Barrett

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"Bridget Jones meets The Exorcist in this wickedly funny, dark novel about one woman's post-cancer retreat to a remote Australian town and the horrors awaiting her. It wasn't just the bad breakup that turned Eleanor Mellett's life upside down. It was the cancer. And all the demons that came with it. One day she felt a bit of a bump when she was scratching her armpit at work. The next thing she knew, her breast was being dissected and removed by an inappropriately attractive doctor, and she was suddenly deluged with cupcakes, judgy support groups, and her mum knitting sweaters. Luckily, Eleanor discovers Talbingo, a remote little town looking for a primary-school teacher. Their Miss Barker up and vanished in the night, despite being the most caring teacher ever, according to everyone. Unfortunately, Talbingo is a bit creepy. It's not just the communion-wine-guzzling friar prone to mad rants about how cancer is caused by demons. Or the unstable, overly sensitive kids, always going on about Miss Barker and her amazing sticker system. It's living alone in a remote cabin, with no cell or Internet service, wondering why there are so many locks on the front door and who is knocking on it late at night. Riotously funny, deeply unsettling, and surprisingly poignant, Shirley Barrett's The Bus on Thursday is a wickedly weird, wild ride for fans of Helen Fielding, Maria Semple, and Stephen King."--Provided by publisher.… (más)
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In the form of blog posts, we meet young Eleanor, who talks about being diagnosed with breast cancer and the multiple procedures she's gone through to rid her body of it. Ultimately, the only thing that works is a mastectomy. Though her cancer and recovery are woven throughout, this is not a story about cancer recovery.
Eleanor is desperate to move on with her life, and move out of her mother's house, where she'd been convalescing. She finds the perfect job, as a teacher in a tiny, remote town with just eleven students of all ages in one classroom. The town is just as desperate as Eleanor is, as their teacher just disappeared weeks ago, presumed to have abandoned her post.
This is a crazy story. Eleanor is not much of a sympathetic character, as she's snarky,mean-spirited and selfish, and has no business being a teacher. She appears to provide her students more trauma than guidance. Yet what happens to her in Talbingo has the reader switching between rooting for her and siding with almost any other character. It's sort of Bridget Jones' Diary meets the tv series Evil, with its blend of the supernatural and mental illness. It's so unique. ( )
1 vota mstrust | Mar 11, 2020 |
Combine a bright-and-peppy narrative voice, something like Sandra Bullock in "Miss Congeniality," with a stark horrific existential life-threatening and mysterious force, something like what Sandra Bullock experiences in "Bird Box," and there you have it.

Or maybe the stark horrific existential life-threatening and mysterious force here is cancer, because, until the book becomes populated by demons about half-way through, the first scenes are all about cancer and its indignities, and the book recalls the jarringly peppy tone of "People Like That Are the Only People Here" by Lorrie Moore.

I loved the zany wildness of this book and the willingness of the author to explore many possible vectors of outcomes, once she had established the horror-story setup of a woman alone in a mysterious and isolated environment. I felt the story went in a few too many directions a little too quickly, though, to be an entirely satisfying read. ( )
  poingu | Feb 22, 2020 |
I finished this book and wondered what on earth I'd just read. The novel begins with Eleanor being diagnosed with breast cancer and her beginning to blog about it as part of getting through. She's snarky and sarcastic and disappointed in her best friend's reaction to the news. She's a bit of a mess, but so likable and angry, refusing the pressure to be an ideal cancer victim. She's Bridget Jones with a bit of an edge to her, and I was happily settling in to read a novel about a woman with cancer.

And then. Eleanor gave up her job after her diagnosis, and when she is finally in remission she finds a new teaching job, this time in a small town in the Snowy Mountains. The job is ideal. The school is very small, with less than a dozen students, and the job comes with a small house. The town is in a gorgeous location and Eleanor is sure it will all be fine. And then things start to go oddly, in a way that someone paying attention might notice, but Eleanor's being her usual self-absorbed self.

This book is fantastic. Just bonkers. How Barrett slowly turned this novel from Chick-Lit to horror is so well done and effective. And how she slowly built on the character of Eleanor until everything is revealed was also brilliant. ( )
3 vota RidgewayGirl | Oct 31, 2019 |
What a crazy book! Starts off sane then gets weirder and weirder. Loved the voice of the main character. This was very entertaining and really made me wonder what was real and what was not. Eleanor was a great character from her battle with breast cancer to her teaching in a one room school house.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. ( )
  readingover50 | Jun 11, 2019 |
Not sure what this one was all about. Couldn't decide if Eleanor was dead or nearly dead or just crazy.

Easy book to read though. Some of the characters I just wanted to slap and others made me laugh out loud. Overall an enjoyable read. ( )
  dianestm | Dec 4, 2018 |
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"Bridget Jones meets The Exorcist in this wickedly funny, dark novel about one woman's post-cancer retreat to a remote Australian town and the horrors awaiting her. It wasn't just the bad breakup that turned Eleanor Mellett's life upside down. It was the cancer. And all the demons that came with it. One day she felt a bit of a bump when she was scratching her armpit at work. The next thing she knew, her breast was being dissected and removed by an inappropriately attractive doctor, and she was suddenly deluged with cupcakes, judgy support groups, and her mum knitting sweaters. Luckily, Eleanor discovers Talbingo, a remote little town looking for a primary-school teacher. Their Miss Barker up and vanished in the night, despite being the most caring teacher ever, according to everyone. Unfortunately, Talbingo is a bit creepy. It's not just the communion-wine-guzzling friar prone to mad rants about how cancer is caused by demons. Or the unstable, overly sensitive kids, always going on about Miss Barker and her amazing sticker system. It's living alone in a remote cabin, with no cell or Internet service, wondering why there are so many locks on the front door and who is knocking on it late at night. Riotously funny, deeply unsettling, and surprisingly poignant, Shirley Barrett's The Bus on Thursday is a wickedly weird, wild ride for fans of Helen Fielding, Maria Semple, and Stephen King."--Provided by publisher.

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