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Tideland (The Texas Trilogy #3)

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  652 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
In a story which is at times suspenseful, darkly surreal, and often humorous, Jeliza-Rose drifts from the harsh reality of her childhood, escaping into the fantasies of her own active imagination where fireflies have names, bog men awaken at dusk, monster sharks swim down railroad tracks, and disembodied Barbie heads share in her adventures.

Set among grassy fields, alongsi
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 31st 2006 by Dufour Editions (first published August 28th 2000)
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crap book.
crappier movie.
May 11, 2011 Kate rated it it was ok
I discovered Tideland (the movie) last Spring through Netflix (I hesitate to say I was going through a Terry Gilliam phase, but I think that is how Netflix interpreted it). I was fascinated. It was grotesque. It was fantastical and disturbing. Pretty Amazing. I had to read the book.

My favorite Chicago bookstore, Unabridged, did not have it in stock, but they were more than happy to special order it for me, and within a couple days, I had the book in my hands. The look of the book was decidedly
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Αν θα μου ζητούσαν να χαρακτηρίσω ένα μυθιστόρημα ως ιλιγγιώδες και προκλητικό, τότε σίγουρα το "Tideland" θα ήταν ένα από αυτά. Παρά το μικρό του μέγεθος, καταφέρνει να σε προβληματίσει με την τρελή του πραγματικότητα, να σου προκαλέσει ζαλάδα με τους ξέφρενους ρυθμούς του και τελικά, να κάνει το στομάχι σου να σφιχτεί, όχι μόνο από την δίνη της παραμυθένια υπόστασης που ντύνει την ιστορία που αφηγείται αλλά, από την αρρωστημένη, τρελή και ξέφρενη πραγματικότητα που δεν προσπαθεί σε καμία περίπ ...more
Rebecca McNutt

When neglected Jeliza-Rose is forced to grow up way too fast after the death of her mother, she finds herself not facing a harsh reality, but retreating further into childhood fantasies. With only her disembodied vintage Barbie-dolls and an intellectually-disabled adult man named Dickens for friends, she immerses herself in imaginative games rather than seeking help from Dickens or his unstable and eccentric sister, Dell.

I found this book way too disturbing and morbid at times, but it's still
Dec 04, 2012 Grace rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012-reads
Yeah, this is one of those works of art that seems like it is running a contest with itself to see how twisted and dark it can be and still qualify as 'art'.

Mitch Cullin must have given himself the idea for Tideland like this:
"I think every human being is completely fucked up, and I am going to write an entire book about it."

I know this method very well, because it's how I found out about this book in the first place.

When I was a teenager I was really into disturbing weird twisted art, particula
Nov 09, 2015 Crystal rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF at 73%. It felt like every chapter was trying to top the last one for which could be weirder. No. Just no. I can't.
Jun 04, 2016 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I saw the film when it came out. That was ten years ago and I don’t remember much about it if I’m being honest. As I read the book some of it came back to me but only impressions. I should probably watch it again now. The book I enjoyed immensely and I can see why Gilliam jumped at the chance to direct it although I would’ve been equally excited to see a version by Tim Burton; I suppose Big Fish is the closest we’ll ever get to that.

My only real problem with the book was I didn’t know when it w
Apr 06, 2009 Carolyn rated it it was ok
Doug and I were at our local video rental place (TLA), not looking for anything in particular, when we happened across a copy of Terry Gilliam's movie adaptation of this book. Neither of us had seen it (or heard anything about it), and Doug is a big Terry Gilliam fan, so we rented it. The movie was odd and disturbing, but the story was strangely compelling, so when I saw that it was based on a novel by Mitch Cullin, I thought I'd pick it up at the library if we had a copy. And we did, so I did.

Feb 20, 2013 Lord rated it it was amazing
I've never been so torn over a book in my life. It has the potential to be the very worst book I've read, or the very best -- and it all hinges on whether or not I take a moment to reflect on my childhood and recall what it's like to be innocent, carefree, and to never know any better. How fitting that the novel got picked up by none other than Terry Gilliam, a director whose films I can never bring myself to grade or gather my thoughts around, but that always seem to take residence in my imagin ...more
Apr 03, 2012 annik rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-russian
Самая наркотная книга из всех, что мне встречались. Собственно, из описания понятно, что все будет непросто xD Алиса в Стране Чудес отдыхает.
Треша много, на фоне детства это особенно остро. Чувство опасного погружения. Меня провштырило. Хочется перечитать.

Зубные щетки иногда умирают. Щетина темнеет, и все. Кроссовки тоже умирают. И дома. И мамы с папами. Планета полна умирающих, умерших, мертвых. И только красивые, такие, как Классик, живут вечно. Смерть безобразна.
Asghar Abbas
Jan 07, 2016 Asghar Abbas rated it it was amazing
I love the surreal genre and Tideland was surreal to a T, delivering the abstract in spades. Absolutely haunting and ambrosial.
Joe Cummings
Jan 03, 2017 Joe Cummings rated it really liked it
Review to follow.
Jul 04, 2013 Sonya rated it liked it
Although I finished Tideland two days ago, it took me those full two days to figure out how I actually felt about it. I loved Mitch Cullins' writing style; he has skill, no doubt, shown by his ability to use sophisticated language, simplified to fit the adolescent protagonist's voice and complement the narrative, so the reader is never hindered. The writing simply flowed. However, the story itself was...strange and disturbing, to say the least.

Young Jeliza-Rose has been traumatized countless tim
Mar 15, 2015 George rated it really liked it
Shelves: 21st-century
Μάλιστα. Ωραία. Χμ. Ναι. Δυσκολεύομαι κάπως να γράψω ένα σχόλιο με αρχή, μέση και τέλος για το βιβλίο αυτό, μιας και ήταν από τα πιο καμένα και σουρεαλιστικά πράγματα που έχω διαβάσει ποτέ.

Λοιπόν, ας τα κάνουμε δίφραγκα που λένε: Η νεαρή μητέρα της εντεκάχρονης Τζελίζα-Ρόουζ, πρωταγωνίστριας και αφηγήτριας της ιστορίας, τα τίναξε μια μέρα από υπερβολική δόση και ο ηλικιωμένος πρώην κιθαρίστας πατέρας της την πήρε από το σπίτι, αφήνοντας πίσω το πτώμα της γυναίκας του και το Λος Άντζελες, και τη
Nov 07, 2008 Valentina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: in-italian
Un libro incantato ed incantevole, fiaba macabra da far tremare i cuori. Jeliza Rose vive con il suo papà rocker e la sua mamma intossicata, in un appartamento a Los Angeles. A undici anni sa dove si compra la roba migliore, come scaldare un cucchiaio e usare un laccio emostatico. E' un rito magico per far viaggiare suo padre, lontano, in Danimarca tra regine di ghiaccio e leggendari combattenti. Lontano da una moglie di quarant'anni più giovane e troppo veleno in corpo, da far stare sdraiati tu ...more
Arax Miltiadous
Nov 08, 2016 Arax Miltiadous rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Η υπέροχα μοναδική Τζαλάιζα Ροουζ!!!
Ο πατέρας της έγραψε ένα τραγούδι γι αυτήν, γιατί είναι ξεχωριστή.
Είναι στο Τέξας , σε ένα ετοιμόρροπο αρχοντόσπιτο - της αποθανούσας γιαγιάς της- παρέα με στραπατσαρισμένα κεφάλια Μπάρμπη που φοριούνται στα δάκτυλα και έχουν δικό τους ξεχωριστό χαρακτήρα και με αμφιλεγόμενες προθέσεις σκίουρους.
Ο πατέρας της έχει πάει διακοπές στο μέρος που φτιάχνονται τα όνειρα, κάπου κοντά στη Γιουτλάνδη μάλλον της Δανίας και νομίζει πως την έχει πάρει μαζί μα, η αλήθεια εί
Gary Letham
Nov 21, 2015 Gary Letham rated it really liked it
As with most the Gilliam adaptation spurred me on to read the book. In a nutshell (not in front of the squirrels) Gilliam nailed the book, the differences are few and obviously to enhance the dramatic flow. The book, is good, but I would add it isnt for everyone, definately marmite on that front. The premise of the story is that Jeliza Rose our heroine and a child returns with her father to his late mothers home in Texas, after the death of her own mother due to a drug overdose. Her father, is a ...more
Dec 18, 2015 Kara rated it liked it
Shelves: shelftalk
The dark and twisted tale Tideland by Mitch Cullen pulls you into the supernatural world of Jeliza-Rose. After the death of her junkie mother, she and her father go in search of his childhood home in rural Texas. They decide to stay despite it being abandoned, but on their first night there her father, Noah, has an overdose and dies, which in turn leaves Jeliza-Rose in the company of her own imagination where squirrels talk and four doll heads are her closest friends. Soon she meets her very int ...more
Feb 15, 2010 Blake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I openly admit I find myself lacking words to describe this adequately. The author makes a habit of mixing things of a typical nature with others that are quite unusual and at times unsettling.

The story is of young Jeliza-Rose and the summer she spent at What Rocks, a rundown farmhouse in Texas. For friends she has the heads of Barbie dolls, notably to start with the vain Classique. Her adventures in the tall grass beyond the house help her to escape the sadness and difficulties of the everyday
Apr 27, 2012 Lori rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012april
I wish I could say if I loved Mitch Cullen's Tideland as much as I love Terry Gilliam's. But there's absolutely no way to separate the two.

Yes, it's fascinating and twisted and beautiful and creepy as hell. But every one of Jaliza-Rose's lines was spoken in my mind by (then-child actor) Jodelle Ferland. She is Jaliza-Rose, just as Jeff Bridges is Noah and Janet McTeer is Dell. They're so tightly tied to the roles that I have no idea how the book would stand on its own.

The movie plot is lifted n
april violet
Dec 21, 2008 april violet rated it really liked it
Shelves: questionmark
Eleven-year old Jeliza-Rose and her rockabilly dad leave California for Texas, where Jeliza-Rose's grandmother owned a house called What Rocks. Existence in What Rocks is a lonely one, so Jeliza Rose becomes absorbed in the world of her imagination and has conversations with Barbie heads stuck on her fingertips. Jeliza-Rose meets a peculiar woman next door named Dell, who lives with her creepy man-child brother, Dickens.

Mitch Cullin did a wonderful job at capturing Jeliza-Rose's imagination and
May 08, 2012 Thais rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Questo libro è un'allucinazione. Follia pura, una favola nera in cui una bambina si ritrova sola in un posto che non conosce, con il cadavere del padre e quattro teste di barbie per amiche, e conosce personaggi strani e completamente pazzi. Avevo già visto il film, che è abbastanza fedele al libro, perciò sapevo cosa aspettarmi. Ma lo stesso Jeliza Rose è riuscita a conquistarmi con la sua innocenza e con la sua immensa fantasia. C'è sempre una linea sottile fra il genio e la follia, e Cullin è ...more
Dec 21, 2011 Gaz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know if 'Magic Curl', 'Fashion Jeans', 'Cut 'N Style' or 'Classique' would agree with my rating of Tideland (considering their individual fate), but THIS old barbie head loved every bit. In fact, almost as much as Terry Gilliam's screen effort. It's a wondrous tale, full of humour and intelligence. The lonesome and imaginative Jeliza-Rose character and the world she creates at 'What Rocks' makes for a compelling read that is, in equal parts, disturbing/fascinating. Well, unless one think ...more
Oct 09, 2007 Christy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: surrealists
I enjoyed this book a lot. Quick read; managed to finish it in one day, interspersed with a full workday and a 3 hour linguisitics class. The narrative voice of Jeliza-Rose drew me in right away, and in my ling class, something was said about "the language of metaphor" that seemed very applicable to the book and specifically Jeliza-Rose's narration. Now I can't quite articulate it. Basically, J-R uses "A is B" metaphors signifying her childlike acceptance of the metaphorical paradox. The narrati ...more
Siegfried Gony
Aug 05, 2011 Siegfried Gony rated it liked it
C'est un livre magnifique et un auteur à suivre. L'univers de cette petite fille prise entre un père ex-Rock Star porté sur la bouteille et les stupéfiants et sa mère elle aussi addict au point de faire préparer son fix par sa fille est proprement halluciné. Mais onirique aussi, les têtes de Barbies qu'elle s'est acheté au marché au puces, ponctuent le récit par leurs interventions tant bien parolées qu'en acte et donnent une dimension imaginaire au récit, qui reflète bien le monde de l'enfance. ...more
Aug 12, 2007 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this. There just seemed to be lots of great images floating around. Surprisingly for such a short book, it seemed to move quite slow. This wasn`t a problem for me. Seeing the world and the imagination of the protagonist develop was great. Strangly, the shocks in the book - and it's really dark in places - don't shock at all! I think the author was writing incredibly well from the perspective of the child, who doesn`t understand what she's seeing and creates her own fantasies based ...more
Sep 03, 2014 Josephine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, library-book
Came to the book after watching Terry Gilliam's movie; I'll allow as how Gilliam adapted the book reasonably well--there aren't any glaring differences--though as always, there are huge differences between the visual media and the readers' imaginations.

I liked it well enough to hunt down a hardcover copy of the book, as well as buy the movie. But I can understand that many people will prefer the movie, or neither! Cullin's a strange author, and Gilliam's a strange movie maker, and a good many el
May 28, 2007 Jessica rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jessica by: John
Shelves: book-to-film, fiction
I swear that my brother John was obsessed with this book a few years ago. He would not stop bugging me to read it. I finally got a hold of a copy and tore through it. Tideland is a disturbing coming-of-age story. The main character, Jeliza Rose invents her own fantasy world as a means of escaping her difficult reality in which both of her parents are junkies.

Tideland was recently made into a movie by Terry Gilliam. The movie isn't quite as good as the novel, but it does capture the spirit.
Jan 14, 2015 Kain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zasłyszane przeze mnie stwierdzenie "Alicja w krainie czarów dla dorosłych" jest całkiem trafne.
Na początku ciężko się odnaleźć w klimacie książki. Co prawda do samego końca się to nie zmienia, ale
po pewnym czasie już w ogóle to nie przeszkadza ;) Jestem ciekaw ekranizacji.
Jedna z książek trwającej u mnie właśnie akcji czytania pozycji otrzymanych w prezencie, która towarzyszy równolegle akcji czytania niektórych książek zaczętych - ale z różnych powodów, niedokończonych ;)
Jan 15, 2009 Gabrielle rated it liked it
The details that the author shares with the reader are amazing. The little girls imagination and view on the world are just how I remember being when I was young too. For that reason I give it three stars. The story itself seemed too out there and I am not a fan of stories that contain the type of child abuse that this has.
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Mitch Cullin is an American writer. He is the author of seven novels, and one short story collection. He currently resides in Arcadia, California and Tokyo, Japan with his partner and frequent collaborator Peter I. Chang. His books have been translated into over 10 languages.
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