The Road to Wellville
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.... show more
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."
Publish date: May 1st 1994
Pages no: 476
Edition language: English
, Food And Drink
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, United States
Das ist definitiv der schlechteste oder zweitschlechteste Boyle, den ich jemals gelesen habe. Von den 620 Seiten kann man mindestens 300 ungeschaut in den Mistkübel werfen, vielleicht wäre es sowieso besser gewesen, T.C. hätte gleich auf Seite 280 aufgehört, diesen Roman zu schreiben. Seit dem Moral...
I saw the movie as a kid and have been wanting to read the book for years. Finally got around to it and it did not disappoint. One of my favorite areas of history is medical history and I found that aspect of this novel fascinating. The lengths people went to! Not all that different from fad diets n...
Willkommen in Wellville hat mir einige schöne Lesestunden bereitet. Aber mindestens genauso viele verwirrende. Nicht nur, dass ich für dieses Buch länger gebraucht habe als erwartet, auch der Schreibstil war zeitweise anstrengen zu verfolgen. Ungeachtet dessen war die Handlung hervorragend ausgearbe...
Really well done, especially with the intermingling of various plots and characters. I'm interested in knowing more about this era of health crazes, even if this book was fictional.
I can see how this would make a nice movie. There are some humorous scenes in it for sure. But the author became extremely redundant. Yes, I get it that the patients at Dr. Kellogg's sanitarium undergo enemas multiple times per day, have starvation-level vegetarian diets prescribed to them, are forb...