|Plot Summary of The Rainbow Stories|
|"Vollmann is a young, ambitious writer who dares to be boring as well as to shock. Often, he does both. This collection of short stories shows him at his concise best. Themed to the colors of the rainbow, plus black, white, and the entire spectrum, it takes us to ancient Babylon and India but mostly the streets, parks, and morgue of San Francisco. The characters are whores, skinheads, x-ray patients, a bag person/serial killer, fetishists and other lost souls. With lovely, precise prose, Vollmann tracks the stinging ache of loneliness and desire, the depths of modern horror, and all of it laced with a bone-dry, bitter humor. "
David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Rainbow Stories|
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Time/era of story
Kind of living:
- making "Ends Meat" by prostitution
- vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Main char. serviced by prostitute?
Taboo sex story?
- mental illness
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 7 ()
- dirty, grimy (like New York)
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- explicit references to deaths
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- descript of kissing
- touching of anatomy
- actual description of hetero sex
- a lot of stream of consciousness
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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