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I'll Go to Bed at Noon (The Jones Trilogy #2)

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Colette Jones has had drink problems in the past, but now it seems as though her whole family is in danger of turning to alcohol. Her oldest son has thrown away a promising musical career for a job behind the counter in a builders' merchants, and his drinking sprees with his brother-in-law Bill, a pseudo-Marxist supermarket butcher who seems to see alcohol as central to th ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 24th 2004 by Chatto & Windus
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Justin Evans
Oct 23, 2010 Justin Evans rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I wouldn't bother reading this if you're looking for a primer on alcoholism- that seems more like a marketing tactic than an important feature of the novel. Yes, there is plenty of addiction here, but it'll be incomprehensible if you haven't read 'August.' A lot of reviewers, as with August, complain that 'nothing' happens; that there's no character development; that the characters are unsympathetic. Just to be clear: what exactly is meant to happen in a novel that doesn't? There's death. There' ...more
Laura
Sep 08, 2007 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, overrated
What on earth was the Man Booker committee thinking with this one? The only prize-worthy thing about this book is the title; other than that, I can't imagine why this book was put on the long list, much less the short one.

Nothing happens here at all -- a family composed mostly of alcoholics acts mean to everyone, fucks up, commits crimes, and then a bunch of them die. That would be fine in the hands of a writer who had something to say -- what Jonathan Franzen could have done with this! -- but
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Jayne Gray
Dec 10, 2012 Jayne Gray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favourite book ever! Although it needs to be read as part of a trilogy (August being the first of the 3). The family is completely dysfunctional, yet they don't seem to realise it. I could relate to several of the characters, from the addicted Mum, to the mad-genius musical son, and the daughter who just wanted to get away from it all. It is written so cleverly that the whole tragic situation is kind of humorous at the same time. I have read this book several times, and intend to read ...more
Carol
Sep 16, 2011 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary-fiction
This is the sequel to August, and follows the next stage of the Jones' lives, picking up about four years after the close of the first book. Colette has given up sniffing glue and become a low-key alcoholic. Janus continues down the the path of alcoholism and unbalanced behavior, which eventually results in his eviction from the family home. The Jones' other children gradually leave the home to forge their own adult lives and escape from Janus' menacing influence.
The characterizations remain ful
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Melissa Lee-Tammeus
Aug 13, 2011 Melissa Lee-Tammeus rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-away
Okay, I had really high hopes for this book - about alcohol addiction and a Man Booker Prize finalist. However, I had to read the first chapter twice just to get the family structure down and I was still confused. Then I realized there were two main characters with the same name - Who does that??? I tried reading this a few times with an incredibly open mind but found it hard to follow, pretentious, and very annoying. I actually put it in the garage sale bin that is growing in my garage. I NEVER ...more
Bernadette
Oct 23, 2010 Bernadette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really excellent writing about alcoholism. The characters are really well developed. On the book someone writes that this is the best descripton of alcoholism since Kingsley Amis. Wholeheartedly agree. Gerard Woodward was able to show the ravages of alcohol on families and individuals. Not an upbeat read but well worth it.
Melanie
Mar 06, 2009 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book about a family in North London and the ravages of alcohol - but don't read it if you are to be fretting over the health of the characters. I didn't know it was part of a trilogy - I will definitely read the others.
Iain McNab
This is a terrific and beautifully written novel, the second in the trilogy begun with August, focusing on a dysfunctional north London family grappling with drink, drugs and the 1970s. Grim, funny and very moving.
Gina
Dec 06, 2007 Gina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Marcy
Shelves: fiction
Loved loved loved this. How did he make an bad, alcoholic mother so sympathetic that I was haunted by this book for days after? Interesting complement to Glass Castle!
Dassi
Mar 12, 2009 Dassi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book! The complexity of characters and disease is so accurate yet humorous. It is also brilliantly written in 1970's England... One of my favorites!
Yalan
Jun 14, 2015 Yalan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary-fiction
I am a huge fan of the precursor to this novel, August, so I had high expectations for I'll Go to Bed at Noon. I liked the first novel better; I enjoyed being transported to Wales and growing up with the Joneses.

This novel is also well-written and Woodward continues to strongly develop his characters - and it's precisely because of how well-written Colette and Aldous are in particular that this novel is hard to read at times. You want things to turn out well for them, you want for them to be ha
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Marguerite Kaye
Mar 30, 2016 Marguerite Kaye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One caveat as I write this, if you haven't read the first book of this trilogy (August) then it won't spoil your enjoyment, but you will get a lot more out of I'll Go to Bed at Noon if you have.

Okay then, second book in the trilogy, and another re-read for me. I enjoyed the first so much I was worried - but I needn't have. This is a very different beast mind you. All the issues that were bubbling below the surface come to the fore now. We have full-blown addiction and it's not pretty - though i
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Muthukumaran Ramalingam
I could not pass anywhere beyond the 50-page limit. The author or the editor should have bothered to draw a family tree. Names, relationships and genders are so confusing that at one point, you start guessing the character's identity. And a same name shared by two characters, added to this confusion. The events unfold for nothing and end up as loose ends at each chapter. Drab and one of the most boring-ever reading experiences I have ever had. Obviously, I did not read this book, but gave it a 3 ...more
Kbookchin
about 2/3 through it's become tiresome - I agree with some of the other reviewers -- a litany of life with a family of alcoholics without introspection or much else to offer. I've found myself skimming to get to the end. I should have known from the opening letter!
Philippa Dissel
What a dysfunctional family! This was a very different book and I began to get irritated with them all. Very well written though. I could just imagine the messy house and brillent but odd bod family members.
Stephanie
Mar 21, 2013 Stephanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: boring, abandoned
This book does have potential. Some of it was very well written. Unfortunately I just got so bored, and by about page 200 gave up. I didn't care what happened to the characters, hopefully most of them die.
Alan
fantastic book about alcoholics, very funny and forty or so pages are set in my home town (Tewkesbury)- so added interest for me - but I'm sure everyone who can read will like this.
Mike
Dec 20, 2013 Mike rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: failures
There is nothing interesting or likeable about these middle class British alcoholics, nor does the writing have any flair. I gave up after chapter 4.
Bettie☯
Description: Colette Jones has had drink problems in the past, but now it seems as though her whole family is in danger of turning to alcohol. Her oldest son has thrown away a promising musical career for a job behind the counter in a builders' merchants, and his drinking sprees with his brother-in-law Bill, a pseudo-Marxist supermarket butcher who seems to see alcohol as central to the proletarian revolution, have started to land him in trouble with the police. Meanwhile Colette's recently wido ...more
Rhi
Apr 10, 2009 Rhi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A pretty grim story with not much to redeem it. Also, it was poorly edited, which drove me nuts at times.
Brian
Feb 15, 2010 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kathy Ahn
Apr 19, 2008 Kathy Ahn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Sad little story about a bunch of alcoholics before alcoholism was a commonly known disease. I didn't like any of the characters: none of them were compelling or sympathetic protagonists. You sort of hope for the best for both Januses but don't care that they end up the way they do. In fact, it seems fitting that most of them end up the way you might expect them to.

The writing wasn't especially beautiful, but it kept me engaged until the very end -- an impressive feat considering I didn't care a
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Fiona
Interesting book - totally dysfunctional family - across and down the generations. Alcoholism and addiction abound. Mental illness too I think - but hard to tell whether someone's behaviour is due solely to alcoholism or what. I'm not sure I actually liked any of the characters - but was interested in them and wanted to see what would happen. Definitely worth a read.
Shabina
Mar 09, 2015 Shabina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I have ever read a story as pathetic and depressing as this and ever will. Neither am I going anywhere near this author again!
Greg D'Avis
Jan 02, 2016 Greg D'Avis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: booker-finalists
This one will stay with me for a while. Darkly funny, sad but not crushingly so, and stylistically very sharp.
Tracy Young
Feb 23, 2014 Tracy Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So twisted, sad and ugly yet really rather lovely and heartbreaking...
Sandee
Jan 20, 2010 Sandee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you've ever wondered why family members don't tough-love their destructive kids, it is shown admirably in this book. It's kind of a hard read about a family's decline due to alcoholism in various members but compelling characters keep you reading. We follow the Jones' family in London as the youngest son is left behind as the family is distracted mostly by oldest son Janus. This is a continuation of "August" by the same author.
Shonda
Apr 29, 2013 Shonda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Much easier read than the first of this trilogy, August. I enjoyed the storyline and started the third part immediately. Slightly raw view of alcoholism but, being outside of that background, I imagine it is a realistic perspective on the matter. Still intrigued by Janus moreso than the other characters. I will read again and recommend to others.
Carolyn
Dec 20, 2012 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Crazy family of drunks, all at slightly different levels of drunkdom. Their interactions, disasters, lives, deaths. Some of it was hilariously funny, some achingly sad. And turns out there is an earlier book about this same family! I'm going to have to go back and read that one! Bonus: learned a new word: autarkic = self sufficient.
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Gerard Woodward (born 1961) is a British novelist, poet and short story writer, best known for his trilogy of novels concerning the troubled Jones family, the second of which, I'll Go To Bed at Noon, was shortlisted for the 2004 Man-Booker Prize.[1] He was born in London and briefly studied painting at Falmouth School of Art in Cornwall. He later attended the London School of Economics, where he s ...more
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