|Plot Summary of Larry's Party|
|""Larry's Party" , a 1997 novel by Carol Shields, is a humorous treatment of an ordinary young man who reaches the height of his powers in his mid forties after two marriages and a loving relationship. Set in two cities, Winnigeg and Chicago, the book is concerned mainly about how Larry, brought up by a working-class couple who emigrated from England, found fulfillment in creating mazes. First fascinated by the labryinth he visited in Hampton Court on his honeymoon, he planted a maze in his yard in Winnepeg. When Dorrie , his wife, destroyed his creation, he fled to Chicago, armed only with a commission from a rich benefactor. Describing his road to success, the author takes fugue-like riffs on such topics as Larry's penis and
his wardrobe with humourous effects. This is one of Shield's masterpieces."
Betty-Jeanne Korson, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Larry's Party|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book)
- small businessman
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
The Americas (not US):
- fancy mansion
- mostly 3rd
Sex in book?
- a lot of stream of consciousness
- written like a journal/diary/letters
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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