Billy Bathgate Book Summary and Study Guide

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The story of a teenage boy from New York who idolizes the notorious Dutch Schultz and delves somewhat into Dutch's history and associates, but mainly tells the story straight and intensely from Billy's point of view, from disappointment to excitement, sex and school and orphans, the dilapidation of the neighborhood where he grew up, and society in general.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Age group of kid(s) in story:    -   grade school Parents/lack of parents problem?    -   Dada gone Wild kid(s)?    -   committing crimes Loving/sexing?    -   guy chasing

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   thief/con artist Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   peddle boat    -   drowning City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   dangerous    -   rude people Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee    -   very gullible, like Gomer Pyle

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   Boob talk! Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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