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Now and on Earth Book Review Summary

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NOW AND ON EARTH is the first book of Jim Thompson written in 1942.

James Dillon, a gifted writer, must leave for San Diego with his family composed of his mother, his sister, his wife and three children. He works as an employee in the aircraft industry, does his best at his job and tries to write short stories and a new novel at night. But he also has to cope with a sister who becomes pregnant, after a wild night in Tijuana, with a little 4 years old sister who is terrorizing the family and with his wife who remembers the old days when he was successful as a young writer.

Stunning first book of a master of the Noir genre.
This report prepared by Daniel Staebler








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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Life of a profession:    -   writer Poverty, surviving    -   Yes Kind of living:    -   general poverty story 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...    -   father Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes Wild kid(s)?    -   acting savage/like animals Drinking/Drugs problems?    -   alcohol Brain/Body disability?    -   physical disability

Main Character

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

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest    -   California The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Mexico City?    -   Yes City:    -   rude people

Writing Style

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

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