The Spy Who Loved Me Book Summary and Study Guide

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Vivienne Michel is the first-person narrator of this novel, which makes this her story, not James Bond's. The novel starts with her on the run from a series of romantic and employment failures. As a stopgap, she takes the job of closing an isolated motel that has gone out of business. When two Mafia-type criminals arrive to burn down the motel so that its owners may collect insurance money, Vivienne is terrified. She is abused by her captives, who, she believes, will first rape and then murder her. When James Bond happens by, having had a flat tire, Vivienne at first thinks he's another killer. However, Bond soon becomes aware of her desperate situation and, of course (after the requisite sexual dalliance), soon rescues her, taking on the criminals, Horror and Sluggsy, in armed combat.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 40%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1960's-1970's Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   escape/rescue from kidnappers General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   breaking up mobsters

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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