|Plot Summary of Green Shadows, White Whale|
|"Loosely based on the period in 1953 when Bradbury lived in Ireland and worked on the screenplay of "Moby Dick" for film director John Huston. A series of terrific set-pieces (for example, "The Terrible Conflagration Up at the Place," "The Cold Wind and the Warm," and "The Anthem Sprinters") are strung together with accounts of the writer-narrator's meetings with the director, and incidents of the latter's casual cruelty and unreasonable demands. But the set-pieces, embedded in a 1992 volume, date from the mid-70s and before, and one might have preferred a more direct, detailed portrait of Huston and Bradbury instead of this recycled collection. But if one has never read any Bradbury before, this is as good a place to start as any, particularly for its rich, entertaining portrait of Ireland and the Irish.
David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Green Shadows, White Whale|
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Subject of Biography
Biography of famous person?
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a little/some
How sensitive is this character?
- mean, arrogant
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
- Fancy Mansion
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Book makes you feel?
- very happy
Is book humorous?
If humorous, kind of humor
- eccentric personalities
Commentary on society?
- a lot of play on words
Writer's slant towards subject:
- somewhat unfavorable
How much dialogue in bio?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 0-25% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 0-25% of book
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