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Gene Brewer is a psychiatrist at Manhattan Psychiatric Institute who has experience with delusionals. A patient is then picked up and transferred to him. This patient--who calls himself "prot"--claims to be an alien from the planet K-PAX. Dr. Brewer spends time trying to understand the reasons behind "prot's" delusion and tries to break through his deluded state--only to find the truth behind his character, and to discover truth about himself in the process.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50% Tone of book    -   sensitive (sigh....) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy story on current Earth Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   search for identity/new understanding    -   mental illness/nutsophrenia Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes Culture clash-    -   feelings as an alien growing up among humans

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's If magical mental powers:    -   can talk to animals    -   clairvoyant    -   teleportation    -   healing Really unusual traits?    -   Mentally ill or deluded


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

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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