|Plot Summary of Perceived Histories|
|"The book describes a 24 hour shift with RSW Fat Barry in a British 'care' home for adolescent girls. During those 24 hours one girl teeters on the dge of psychosis, others sniff solvents, 3 go on the game; and they fight, one cuts, one smears faeces, one steals; and one member of staff slips towards a nervous breakdown... Throughout we are given the case history of each girl, c.v. of each member of staff, all interspersed with quotes from invented texts. Many of them cynical in content. There is no resolution."
Sam Smith, Resident Scholar
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|Review Analysis of Perceived Histories|
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Time/era of story
Kids growing up/acting up?
- general liberal/left wing activism
Inside culture (main char)
- story of the poor
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Outside culture (society)
Something wrong upstairs/downstairs?
- mental illness
Parents/lack of parents problem?
- orphan story
- committing crimes
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
- a teen
- mentally ill
- emotionally unstable
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- throughout most of the book.
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- explicit references to torture
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- actual description of hetero sex
Lot of foul language?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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