Letters to a Rose Book Summary and Study Guide

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The 1960s Children of the Greatest Generation precariously teeter on the edge of a world gone mad.
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Nuclear winter threatens from the shadows of a genocidal war in Southeast Asia as America courts disaster in the sticky jungles of Vietnam; and soon, gunfire will rip through a sunny plaza in Dallas, killing both the nation's beloved president and a young generation's innocence.

From the fringes of this trembling universe calls a voice of a young boy whose nave world of high school proms and keg parties will soon be hurled out the door of a huey gunship streaking over the killing fields of Vietnam.

Everything he ever knew, and all he believed was true shall be forever changed. Only one thing remains constant.


The review of this Book prepared by Kevin Cahill

"Letters to a Rose" is a contemporary narrative that offers a glimpse of the latter 20th Century through the eyes of a child of the 60s. It begins with a lighthearted, nostalgic trip through a young boy's childhood, but takes a sudden, dark turn to the tragic murder of John Kennedy, violent political unrest, and the jungles of Vietnam. In the center is a romance deeply rooted in the tumultuous decades of change the gave rise to a nebulous generation that never quite found itself.
The review of this Book prepared by Robert Henley

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Life of a profession:    -   soldier Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   American Midwest Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Father (or standin) Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   conduct in war    -   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...    -   father Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Drinking/Drugs problems?    -   alcohol

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American) Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   8 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West    -   Midwest Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Southeast Asia Jungles?    -   Yes City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   impregnation/reproduction Lot of foul language?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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