|Plot Summary of My Friend Leonard|
|"This takes place as a young man named James Frey leaves jail. He finds his girlfriend has committed suicide because her grandmother died. He met her in a drug rehabilitation center. He also met a friend named Leonard at the same facility. Leonard takes him in as a son. Stating "I have always wanted a son, Since I did not have one you will be my son."
Leonard helps James financially. He is a mobster. Whenever James is in trouble Leonard helps him get through it. He helps him financially and emotionally. When he finds his girlfriend dead Leonard gives James money. No questions asked at that point. When no one would hire James due to his felonious background, it is Leonard who makes sure he is taken care of.
Through the course of this story Leonard and James become very very close like Father and son. It is then said that Leonard is homosexual and dies from Aids."
Jodi Raymer, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of My Friend Leonard|
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Phys disability/mental struggle?
- physical disability/sickness
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- emotionally unstable
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- hard edged
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Very much smarter than other people
- physically sick
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 8 ()
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- explicit references to deaths
Is book humorous?
If humorous, kind of humor
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- male homosexuals doing their thing
- vague references
- descript of kissing
- main character serviced by prostitute
Lot of foul language?
Commentary on society?
- a lot of flashback and forwards
Writer's slant towards subject:
- very favorable
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
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 26-50% of book
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