Operation Wandering Soul Book Summary and Study Guide

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Powers's fourth novel centers on the activities in the pediatrics ward of a Los Angeles hospital. The protagonist physician tries to help the various children with rare and often fatal diseases to cope. References to the Children's Crusade and other historical events that crushed children and their wishes and futures are woven into the story; at the climax, the kids on the ward stage a production of the Pied Piper. This is perhaps Powers's darkest, most despairing novel, with the usual intellectual provocations and wordplay one finds in his novels.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   seduction (yum!) Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Life of a profession:    -   doctor Family, caring for ill    -   Yes Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes Brain/Body disability?    -   physical disability

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   doctor Age:    -   20's-30's


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California Europe    -   Yes Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Southeast Asia Jungles?    -   Yes City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles    -   dirty, grimy (like New York)

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   actual description of hetero sex Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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