She Took My Arm As If She Loved Me Book Summary and Study Guide

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Dan Kasdan is a Bay Area private eye going to seed. He's stuck on his ex-wife Priscilla and trying to do right by their son Jeff. Priscilla still sees Dan, but is obviously growing elsewhere, and she urges him to accept some high-paid tasks with Karim, an unctuous operator in a number of shady activities. Dan's only real friend is a black cop named Alfonso. The book seems to have two irreconcilable halves: the first a truly lyrical reminiscence about Dan and Priscilla's courtship, marriage, and drifting apart in the late 60s and early 70s (sort of a chick novel from a guy's point of view); the second about getting tangled up with Karim's activities. But there's no real tension or denouement: The story merely wanders thoughtfully, and offers both some terrific writing and fine portraits of various locales and social strata (particularly the scummier ones) of San Fran.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   seduction (yum!)    -   rekindling lost love/marriage Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book)    -   eccentric nature Crime & Police story    -   Yes Story of    -   police corruption    -   life in drug culture Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Love problems?    -   Obession with uninterested person

Main Character

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


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   7 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   dirty, grimy (like New York)    -   dangerous

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   Boob talk! Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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