|Plot Summary of The Magic Christian|
|"Guy Grand, 53, is an eccentric multibillionaire who spends roughly $10 million a year playing practical jokes on society. These range from the small and silly (having a large man mash crackers with a sledge hammer in Times Square, offering a man $6,000 to eat a parking ticket, releasing a ravenous panther at a prestigious dog show) to the massive (sparking racial and religious riots in Chicago, hunting in the Congo with a 75mm howitzer, building and selling 100-foot convertible autos, filling a giant concrete vat with offal and 10,000 hundred-dollar-bills, and inviting people to go swimming for cash) -- his stated purpose being to "make it hot for them." His greatest prank is the maiden voyage of the S.S. Magic Christian, a luxury liner filled with wealthy guests, freaks and performers, and an actor who pretends to be a drunken captain. Southern's 1960 farce is dated and not terribly funny."
David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Magic Christian|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
Life of a profession:
- "the rich"
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- throughout most of the book.
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 2 ()
- New York
- fancy mansion
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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