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As They Were Book Review Summary

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In this wide-ranging 1982 collection, Fisher moves from the xenophobia of her neighbors in First World War Whittier, California, to snowstorms in France and hurricanes in Long Island in the 1970s. "I Was Really Very Hungry" details her hilarious assault with multiple meal course, by a gourmet chef and waitress in a tiny rural Burgundian restaurant. "At Sea" provides several aspects and experiences of travel by ocean liner. There are word portraits of Swiss Inns and the great Paris train station the Gare de Lyon, and of Laguna Beach in 1934, whose gentrification issues resemble those of so many other chic sea towns from Gloucester to Cannon Beach, as well as its very own peculiar ones at a particular time. A charming piece of work.
This report prepared by David Loftus








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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Culture clash?    -   visiting a culture in other country Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   long lived adults

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West    -   Northeast    -   California Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France    -   Switzerland Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   pleasure/love boat Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   little dialog

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