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The Silence Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of The Silence

In the third volume of the "History of Bestiality" Trilogy, the narrator is sojourning in an unnamed country in North Africa. The narrator's alcoholism becomes a metaphor for European wealth-addiction and its effect on the rest of the world, and the inevitablilty of revolution. The narrator talks with a black African revolutionary and an American Vietnam veteran, and steps out of time and has conversations with Columbus, Robespierre, and God.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   general liberal/left wing activism Culture clash?    -   visiting a culture in other country Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   journalist Age:    -   40's-50's

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   7 () Africa    -   Yes Kind of Africa:    -   Arabic Africa Desert?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   two guys doing it    -   rape/molest Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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