Rastus Reilly Book Summary and Study Guide

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A rich old lady believes there's a secret of eternal youth to be found. She hires a Sam Spade clone to find it for her (this takes place in the thirties) and he discovers there really is such a secret. The story and characters are delightfully ridiculous. I don't think there was a page that didn't make me laugh. There's parody here of Dashiell Hammett, Charles Dickens, and several literary genres in general. Even the title is part of the grand joke this novel is.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   very humorous Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's Exploring into the wild    -   Yes Plotlets:    -   searching for treasure/artifacts Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes Africa    -   Yes Ice Caps/Sea?    -   Yes Island?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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