|Plot Summary of Sticks and Shadows: Scars on a Soul|
|"A perceptive blending of fact and fiction, STICKS AND SHADOWS: Scars on a Soul reveals the wide-ranging impact of child abuse on the multiple facets of one's life, while concurrently highlighting the ability of the human spirit to survive.
The narrative is fashioned around a series of therapy sessions in which the main character, an adult victim of child abuse, is confronted through hypnosis with his feminine side, during which his final psychotic break is characterized as the loss of his shadow beneath the darkness of Mud, followed by a Humpty-Dumpty-type search to put the two parts back together again.
In order to capture the range of emotion experienced in this odyssey, the story is told in an unusual voice, varying from the lucid to the schizophrenic. "
John H. King, Resident Scholar
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|Review Analysis of Sticks and Shadows: Scars on a Soul|
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Tone of book?
- very sensitive (sigh)
Time/era of story
- present (2000-2010)
Family, struggle with
- Father (or standin)
Kind of sex:
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Coping with loss of loved one(s)
Taboo sex story?
- mental illness
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 1 ()
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Weird Victorian/Shakespearean English?
- a lot of play on words
- a lot of flashback and forwards
- a lot of stream of consciousness
Amount of dialog
- mostly dialog
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