|Plot Summary of Carpenter's Gothic|
|"William Gaddis' novel, Carpenter's Gothic, is written almost completely in dialogue. It is the story of Liz, a struggling writer, and her husband Paul, a vietnam vet struggling to set up a buisness as a media consultant. The couple rent a house in the Hudson Valley, from the mysterious McCandless. Paul represents Reverende Ude, a missionary trying to garner support for his cause. However, when a little boy drowns when Ude is baptising him, Paul is face with a great professional challenge. This puts strain on his marriage with Liz, who seeks solace in the arms of their landlord McCandless. As communication between the couple breaks down completely, Liz becomes isolated and desperate."
fran laniado, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Carpenter's Gothic|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
Kind of romance:
- marriage/relationship going to pieces
- religious issues
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- soggy whimpering jelly muffin
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 2 ()
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- touching of anatomy
- actual description of hetero sex
Amount of dialog
- mostly dialog
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