Slapstick Book Summary and Study Guide

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Wilbur Swain and his sister Eliza Swain are abnormally large and grotesque looking twins who weren't expected to live past the age of 14. Ashamed, their parents sent them as babies to live in a mansion with servants and expensive doctors. There they grew up with a secret intelligence known only to each other. They were only a genius when they were touching physically. They were separated as soon as their secret was out. Wilbur, because he could read and write, was sent to a school while Eliza, who was illiterate, was sent to an institute for the mentally ill against her will. Wilbur graduated from Harvard and became a pediatritian and soon became the president of the United States. Eliza sued her way out of the institute and payed her brother a visit.
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The review of this Book prepared by Maggie

Bizarre tale of the coming of age of genetically freakish twins born to a normal couple. The twins, a male and female, are hideously ugly and their parents, not wanting them around the house where people could see them, send them off to be raised. The twins are very close and discover that they are geniuses and can read each others minds when in close proximity. The truth is discovered and the twins are separated, one will become president of the United States and the other will go on to colonize Mars.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   search for identity/new understanding    -   coping with mental/magical powers Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Family relations    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   politician/elected ruler Age:    -   40's-50's    -   long lived adults If magical mental powers:    -   mind reading


Earth setting:    -   medium future 22-24th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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