|Plot Summary of The Second Highest World War: The Rama Theater|
|"A history writer interested in India's role in the Second World War unexpectedly gets a manuscript from a WWII colonel. Chander, the colonel's U.S.-educated journalist son, wrote it at the request of his American wife, Kristi. It remains unpublished due to the couple's accidental death. The manuscript reveals that young Chander lived with his mother in a Himalayan village, while his father was fighting in WWII. Chander recounts intriguing experiences of local WWII soldiers and civilians during the period from 1941 to 1948. The experiences are juxtaposed with the Rama Lila, the most popular folk play of the Ramayana epic. Jagriti, a girl in Chander's village, introduces herself and, though forbidden, enacts parts of the play with him. Inspired by her, he watches the 10-night play every year in October, while experiencing war's reactions and other emotionally charged actions, in his Hindu village, Christian school, and Hindu-Christian-Muslim town. "
Anoop Chandola, Resident Scholar
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|Review Analysis of The Second Highest World War: The Rama Theater|
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Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)
War/Cloak & Dagger story?
- Fought as soldier
ethnic of society (outside)
- Indian Indian
Period of greatest activity?
- World War II
Subject of Biography
- a kid
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- Indian Indian
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Smarter than most other people
- average physique
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- very explicit references to deaths and torture
Book makes you feel?
Is book humorous?
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- descript. of nude males (the big P)
- vague references
Commentary on society?
- justice system
- wicked men
- a lot of play on words
- a lot of flashback and forwards
- a lot of stream of consciousness
Writer's slant towards subject:
If this is a kid's book:
- Age 11-14
How much dialogue in bio?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
A LOT of info about personal vices?
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 51%-75% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 51-75% of book
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