If On A Winter's Night a Traveller Book Summary and Study Guide

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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!
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The review of this Book prepared by Sara

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.

The review of this Book prepared by John Marcel

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Plot & Themes

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 Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   search for identity/new understanding Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes Culture clash-    -   one culture tries to impose its culture on another group Intense exploration of society's culture?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   40's-50's


Earth setting:    -   20th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of sex How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   little dialog

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