Leviathan Book Summary and Study Guide

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What drove brilliant novelist Ben Sachs to become a domestic terrorist? Told from the perspective of his closest friend and fellow writer, Peter Aaron, Sach's campaign to blow up replicas of the Statue of Liberty throughout small town America is revealed. Beginning with Sachs' own explosive death in rural Wisconsin, the story unfolds revealing the inner conflicts of a successful man obsessed with failure.
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Best part of story, including ending: Auster uses rich allusions to craft engaging portraits of artists that speak to readers and writers alike.

Best scene in story: The scene in the Vermont forest where Sachs kills his lover's ex-husband, This is the linchpin tying together the story's multi-layered plot.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1960's-1970's Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's the terrorist enemy here?    -   generic terrorists General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   chasing a bomber/arsonist

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Unusual forms of death    -   exploded into bits Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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