|Plot Summary of Thank You For Smoking|
|"Christopher Buckley has given the world a hero to hate. Nick Naylor is the Tobacco Industry's public spokesman and despised by the media and anti-smoking forces alike. This humorously toned thriller set in Washington, DC amid the power struggles of the federal government, special interest groups and big corporations. Early on Nick becomes a kidnapping victim. An attempt on his life fails when the dozens of nicotine patches covering his body fail to kill him before he is found and hospitalized. Nick finds his health irrepairably damaged and weezes and coughs his way to solving the mystery of who is out to do him in.
Nick has only the counsel of two sympathetic friends and a benevolent benefactor who dies suddenly to aid him in battling the forces out to do him in. Those forces include his new boss at The Academy of Tobacco Studes as well as kidnappers, anonymous death threats and mysterous individuals with a stake in the fate of Big Tobacco. Suspicious deaths are now viewed in a new light and the mystery grows and takes on greater urgency as the story races toward a very satisfying ending.
David Fletcher, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Thank You For Smoking|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 20%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 30%
Tone of story
Time/era of story:
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- escape/rescue from kidnappers
General Crime (including known murderer)
If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...
- hunted by killer/stalker
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How much violence does he/she use?
- a little
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
- an organization
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a moderate amount
The antagonists are:
- big business leader(s)
- Washington D.C.
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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