|Plot Summary of The Engineer of Human Souls|
|"A sprawling account of plucky life under various dictatorships, and then in exile. Like the author, protagonist Danny Smiricky is a writer in exile, living and teaching in Canada after experiencing life under both the Nazis and the Communists. Also like him, Danny is bawdy, fun-loving, adores American jazz, and has a variety of comic and bitter adventures across many time zones and lands. Skvorecky's novels have a lot in common with those of his countryman Milan Kundera; progressing from fairly short, erotic, and light-hearted early tales to more ambitious works. This one takes its name from the words Stalin used to describe writers, and is his biggest, most autobiographical, and perhaps best."
David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Engineer of Human Souls|
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Tone of book?
Kind of romance:
- GENERAL--no other subplots apply
- seduction (yum!)
Life of a profession:
Inside culture (main char)
- Eastern European
- immigrant story
- visiting a culture in other country
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
- Eastern Europe
The Americas (not US):
- fort/military installation
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- descript of kissing
- actual description of hetero sex
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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