|Plot Summary of Brightness Falls|
|"This is the story of a decade told through the model couple of the 1980s. The husband Russell is a pawn of corporate raiders in a levereged buy out of his own publishing house. His wife is a pregnant stockbroker whose dreams forshadow personal and economic events. This is where we are introduced to the stock market crash of 87. She is a part-time volunteer at a soup kitchen what people call her "Mother Theresa Syndrome". From there we are introduced to the facet of the Crack Epidemic via a street junkie who frequents the soup kitchen Russell's friend is a critically acclaimed junkie writer who shoots heroin and ultimately dies of AIDS, from there we learn of the AIDS epidemic. All the while a tiger of some sort is out on the loose in Manhattan. This book has a wide range. we see the spirit of the 80's in it's clearest here."
Brendan Xavier Darcy, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Brightness Falls|
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Life of a profession:
- businessman, big
Inside culture (main char)
- story of "the rich"
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Outside culture (society)
- American Northeast
- American American
If story of urban/rural...
- Big city life
- business executive
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
- an organization
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- throughout most of the book.
- New York
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- actual description of hetero sex
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
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