|Plot Summary of The Manticore|
|"In this second book of Davies' trilogy, David Staunton, the son of Percy Boyd Staunton, travels to Switzerland. He is traumatized by his father's strange death and his own unhappy childhood. Although David is a lawyer, he is a rootless and unhappy failure. David decides on Jungian analysis as a possible answer to his troubles. However, while in Switzerland, he encounters the heiress Liesl, the hagiographer Ramsay, and the magician Magnus Eisengrim. All three are closely connected to his own past and to the death of his father. As David continues with his therapy, a recurring image of the manticore - a creature with the head of a man, the tail of a scorpion, and the body of a lion - emerges repeatedly. David must try to cope with his own past and with his father's cruelty and abuse as he tries to unravel the mysteries surrounding his family."
A. Antonow, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Manticore|
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Tone of book?
- search for family/history
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Main char. serviced by prostitute?
Coping with loss of loved one(s)
Battle with a psychiatrist
- a lawyer creature
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- mean, arrogant
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 5 ()
The Americas (not US):
- fancy mansion
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- descript of kissing
- touching of anatomy
- descript. of female anat. (the big B's)
- a lot of flashback and forwards
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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