|Plot Summary of Prisoner's Dilemma|
|"Although it starts out seeming to present the portrait of a family, and the relations between siblings, Powers's second book is also out for bigger game: the nature and hidden traps of history. Teacher Eddie Hobson seems to have gone a little off his nut as well as developed a mysterious sickness; most puzzling to his wife and four kids, he labors ceaselessly on a secret project called Hobbstown, which he claims will save him, the world, and everything in it. Eventually the story opens out to include Walt Disney, Robert Oppenheimer, and the Japanese-American internment. The skilled narrative swings between Powers's early sassiness ("Great Scots, woman -- you'll get us all kilts") to genuine ache ("What we can't bring about in no way releases us from what we must")."
David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Prisoner's Dilemma|
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Time/era of story
Kind of romance:
- seduction (yum!)
Kids growing up/acting up?
Family, struggle with
Family, loving relations
Special relationship with
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
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
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 3 ()
- mostly 3rd
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- descript of kissing
- a lot of flashback and forwards
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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