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The novel is based on the Freeman family and follows their history from the marriage of Charles and Mary and the lives of their children. The novel starts with their son James in a coma and as a result you know already that the end of the novel won't be happy. The novel gradually explains why/how James is in a coma. The novel is a social commentary of life in small town Britain but is a little long-winded and not necessarily all relevant. The characterisation was poor although you do come to care for James, Laura and Adamina.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   British Other aspects:    -   story of "the rich" Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Father (or standin)    -   Brother Family, caring for ill    -   Yes Who is sick?    -   Son Special relationship with    -   cousin Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Coping with loss of loved one(s)    -   Yes Loss of...    -   mother Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Brain/Body disability?    -   physical disability

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   artist Age:    -   long lived adults Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   9 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Small town?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

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

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