You Get So Alone At Times That It Just Makes Sense Book Summary and Study Guide

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This story is about a man who live his life trying to survive and the experiences that he has while feeling completely insane and full of uninterpretable feelings. You Get So Alone is about the life of a man in his mid twenties. Suffering from being a partial alcoholic the main character is often conflicted about his emotions and suffers from being an introvert with many friends that he doesn't keep for long periods of times. His lovers tend to get into arguments with him about his lack of motivation to do anything, but drink and write. He constantly contemplates the reason for effort in his life. At one portion of the plot the main character actually ceases to live in a house or apartment, but rather sleeps on a park bench and remains homeless for quite sometime because he couldn't get his writings published this was a flashback in the book and happened when the character was in his early twenties. The book conceals a lot of description about feeling of others. How this main character who is 'writing' the story feels that at one point that there is no point of caring about being insane or being understand what life is. The book bounces back and forth between past and present. the format of the story is more poetic than actual concrete text. You only see the thoughts and emotions of the main character, but he discusses facial features and physical characteristic of other sub characters that play a part in the plot line and those descriptions let you understand how they are all feeling as well without even being told in direct text or that characters thoughts or dialogue. The dialogue that takes place is all explanations that happened in past times. Most of them are from bar scenes with friends and acquaintances that soon became enemies between drunken brawls. Along with a fight between the main character and a prostitute that took place in a whore house in mexico. Most of the fights are constantly verbal attacks as the main character likes to be looked at like he has lost his mind because it makes him feel like he actually is the most sane in the room. Mainly the book is about the contemplation about life and matter and how someone so average learned to deal with it by drowning his emotions with cheap liquor and sex, but publishing his works in magazines and other publishings. He only did what he loved and he suffered, but still was complete. This book is not appropriate for children, but they probably wouldn't understand it anyway.
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Best part of story, including ending: I enjoyed this book a lot because the writing has context behind the shallow words that open up opinions that have not been answered or spoken about. I like how the main character isn't some boosted up person, but someone who has suffered and worked to only have to work harder in order to survive to continue suffering. He lives within his own chaos.

Best scene in story: Personally my favorite scene is when the main character is describing a rude man at the bank that he was at. The scene talks about the same location, but two different times. At the first meeting the main character thinks that man is an inconsiderate ass whole and the second meeting the main character has a respect for the man becuase he overcame a person that was larger than his size because he was disrespecting a member of the banks staff.

Opinion about the main character: I do not dislike anything about the main character. His name is hardly mentioned you would have to search the book in order to find it usually he is referenced by swear words or harsh nicknames.

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Drinking/Drugs problems?    -   alcohol Pearls of wisdom from homeless?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   long lived adults Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American) Unusual characteristics:    -   Mentally ill


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   10 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Lot of foul language?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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