|Plot Summary of Lost in Place|
|"As a young teenager in suburban Connecticut, Mark Salzman (Iron and Silk, the Soloist) becomes obsessed with Kung Fu. He dreams of wandering the world as an enlightened martial arts master, even setting up a makeshift Buddhist altar in his family's basement and buying a mail-order "bald head wig" to make him look more like a zen monk. Mark begins to study Kung Fu with Sensei O'Keefe, a frequently drunk young white man with anger management issues. Although he is the smallest person in the class and is terrified of physical violence, Mark perseveres, earns his first belts, and makes some close friends, but eventually realizes that Sensei O'Keefe has no grasp of the philosophy that draw Mark to Kung Fu in the first place. He quits the class and moves through a series of other obsessions, including jazz cello and marijuana. Throughout these years, Mark is guided by his optimistic music teacher mother and his extremely pessimistic amateur astronomer father. At the end of the memoir, Mark has begun college at Yale, where he returns to his first great love and decides to major in Chinese literature. "
Jacqueline West, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Lost in Place|
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Kids growing up/acting up?
- general coming of age story
Phys disability/mental struggle?
- general search for meaning
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- a teen
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
Biography of famous person?
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Smarter than most other people
- very athletic
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Is book humorous?
If humorous, kind of humor
- eccentric personalities
Lot of foul language?
Writer's slant towards subject:
- somewhat unfavorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
How much dialogue in bio?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
A LOT of info about personal vices?
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 0-25% of book
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