|Plot Summary of If On A Winter's Night a Traveller|
|"This novel is a treatise on all that makes a book. An imaginative and humourous exploration of all that is a book. In this nightmarish world for a reader we join forces with the Reader in the novel and are forced to stop reading a story just as it becomes most gripping and when the Reader reopens the book it turns out to be a completely different story which we are for a time again completely immersed in. The novel intersperses incomplete stories with the story of the Reader and his relationship with Ludmilla an avid reader, her sister who dissects books in a computer, a counterfeiter-translator who falsifies books and an older writer who tells the whole story. The novel explores the role of the writer, that of the reader and that of the publisher.
A difficult but truly rewarding discourse into all that is a book where nothing is quite as it seems.
John Marcel, Resident Scholar
|"A little travel into books, and its effect on people. It is composed of 10 beginnings of 10 different romances, a true torture for the Reader (as well as the reader, yourself) which combines the search for these continuations with the newfound joy of meeting a female Reader. Skillfully told and very good! "
Sara, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of If On A Winter's Night a Traveller|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 30%
Tone of book
- very upbeat
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- fantasy story on current Earth
- search for identity/new understanding
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Cultural problems, alien culture
- one culture tries to impose its culture on another group
Intense exploration of society's culture?
- 20th century
Takes place on Earth?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- actual description of sex
How much dialogue?
- significantly more dialog than descript
- little dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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