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"Larry's Party" , a 1997 novel by Carol Shields, is a humorous treatment of an ordinary young man who reaches the height of his powers in his mid forties after two marriages and a loving relationship. Set in two cities, Winnigeg and Chicago, the book is concerned mainly about how Larry, brought up by a working-class couple who emigrated from England, found fulfillment in creating mazes. First fascinated by the labryinth he visited in Hampton Court on his honeymoon, he planted a maze in his yard in Winnepeg. When Dorrie , his wife, destroyed his creation, he fled to Chicago, armed only with a commission from a rich benefactor. Describing his road to success, the author takes fugue-like riffs on such topics as Larry's penis and
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his wardrobe with humourous effects. This is one of Shield's masterpieces.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   humorous Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book)

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Canada City?    -   Yes City:    -   dangerous    -   Chicago Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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