Green Shadows, White Whale Book Summary and Study Guide

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Loosely based on the period in 1953 when Bradbury lived in Ireland and worked on the screenplay of "Moby Dick" for film director John Huston. A series of terrific set-pieces (for example, "The Terrible Conflagration Up at the Place," "The Cold Wind and the Warm," and "The Anthem Sprinters") are strung together with accounts of the writer-narrator's meetings with the director, and incidents of the latter's casual cruelty and unreasonable demands. But the set-pieces, embedded in a 1992 volume, date from the mid-70s and before, and one might have preferred a more direct, detailed portrait of Huston and Bradbury instead of this recycled collection. But if one has never read any Bradbury before, this is as good a place to start as any, particularly for its rich, entertaining portrait of Ireland and the Irish.
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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   writer Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Ireland City?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion Century:    -   1930's-1950's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   very happy    -   like laughing How much dialogue in bio?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   0-25% of book

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