|Plot Summary of Only Once in a Lifetime|
|"The novel begins in 1940 in Ajijic, a Mexican village located on the shores of Lake Chapala. It tells of Francisco, at ten a homeless boy, and at 45 an embittered semi-hermit living in the Echo Park Hispanic barrio of East Los Angeles. The only thing he has worth saving is his ugly old dog. After deciding to end it all, and while looking for a good home for his pooch, he meets a woman going through her own crisis. "
Alejandro Grattan, Resident Scholar
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|Review Analysis of Only Once in a Lifetime|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
Inside culture (main char)
- vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Outside culture (society)
- American Pacific Coast
If story of urban/rural...
- Big city life
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 3 ()
The Americas (not US):
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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