|Plot Summary of Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance|
|"Powers published this stunning debut novel at the age of 28. An actual photo taken by August Sander, the Austrian photographer of the common man, of three farmers walking down a road in western Europe in August 1914 serves as the centerpiece for a meditation on history (especially the Great War) and its undercurrents, mass production (Henry Ford is a character in the story), photography, solitude and loss. A young computer designer in 1980s Boston tries to track down the truths behind the photo as well as flirting with a waitress downtown. There is much sophisticated playing with words as well as ideas, and Powers indulges a facility with aphorisms in this book more than his others ("History is the army of occupation, and we are all collaborators") as well as his usual wise-guy lines ("I used to be a Catholic, but I found I could get all the suffering I needed by going in to work")."
David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance|
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Kind of romance:
- seduction (yum!)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- descript of kissing
- actual description of hetero sex
- a lot of flashback and forwards
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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