|Plot Summary of Ravelstein|
|"Literature professor and narrator Chick talks about the life and obsessions of his good friend Abe Ravelstein, a colleague at the Chicago university where both of them have taught. Chick's marriage to a fascinating, beautiful, but distant physics professor from Eastern Europe is unraveling, while Ravelstein, a closeted gay with a devoted Chinese companion, enjoys the pleasures of money after writing a bestselling book at Chick's urging. Many powerful men in government have been Ravelstein's students, and they keep in touch with him, sharing ideas and gossip. This 2000 novel is apparently a thinly-veiled portrait, almost a memoir, of Bellow's good friend Alan Bloom, author of _The Closing of the American Mind_. It doesn't have a lot of forward plot movement, and may seem a bit aimless and gossipy, but there's a lot of fine writing and wisdom in it."
David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Ravelstein|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
Life of a profession:
- nature of existence (heavy philosophy)
Kind of sex:
- two guys doing it
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Taboo sex story?
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Very much smarter than other characters
- physically sick
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 2 ()
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- a lot of flashback and forwards
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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