Boulder Book Club
for Writers

5 September 2018

Less - Andrew Sean Greer

bibliomancy

stichomancy

rhapsodomancy

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1. Author / Publisher Intent

2. Stylistic Choices

3. Structure, Pacing

4. Climax - what changed?

5. Scene sleuthing

Ulysses (Odysseus the Cunning) - Homer

  • King of Ithaca
  • Father: Laërtes (or maybe bought from Sisyphus)
  • Grandfather: Hermes
  • Wife: Penelope
  • Son: Telemachus

  • 1. Tries to avoid the Trojan War
  • - Feigning madness: yokes an ox & ass behind a plow
  • - Sanity revealed when he avoids killing his son

  • 2. 20-year Odyssey
  • - Trojan War: 10 years
  • - Trying to get home: 10 years
  • - Kalypso captivates him for 7 years
  • - Avoids Sirens' song, navigates between Scylla and Charybdis
  • - Fools Cyclops, pretending his name is 'Nobody'
  • - Hermes gives Ulysses drug 'Moly' to counteract Circe's magic

  • 3. Upon return:
  • - Not recognizable at first: known only by his dog, Argos
  • - Then the housekeeper recognizes him by scar on foot
  • - Bends the bow of Apollo, knows wife's bed's construction

Ulysses - James Joyce (1922)

  • Leopold Bloom wanders around Dublin in a single day, June 16, 1904

  • - Stephen Dedalus = Telemachus = James Joyce
  • - Leopold Bloom = Ulysses
  • - Molly Bloom (Marion Tweedy) = Penelope
  • - Molly's lover: Blazes Boylan






  • In 3 Parts
  • - Telemachia (Episodes 1-3)
  • - Odyssey (Episodes 4-15)
  • - Nostos (Episodes 16-18)

The Old Capital - Yasunari Kawabata (1962)

  • Twin sisters Chieko and Naeko, separated at birth
  • Themes: old versus new/young, the souring illusions of love

Guliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift (1726)

  • Voyage to Lilliput (midgets); Voyage to Brobdingnag (giants)
  • Brobdingnag is 6,000 wide; sits between Japan and California

Around the World in Eighty Days - Jules Verne (1873)

  • Englishman Phileas Fogg and French valet, Passepartout, vie for £20,000 prize
  • Misses by a day, but Aouda wants to marry penniless Fogg anyway, for love
  • Because of International Dateline, they recover a day and win the prize

Less - Andrew Sean Greer

  • Marketing: Literary, Satire, Humorous, Gay Fiction
  • Genre: Realistic Present-Day, Archplot, Long-Form Comedy
  • Word count: 72,697
  • Print Pages: 273
  • Tense: Present
  • POV: Narrator: 1st & 3rd

  • Publish date: July 18, 2017
  • Imprint: Lee Boudreaux Books
  • Publisher: Little, Brown & Co.
  • Seller: Hachette Book Group
  • Awards: Pulitzer Prize 2018
  • 7 possible Plot Types:
    • Overcoming the Monster
    • Rags to Riches
    • The Quest
    • Voyage and Return
    • Comedy
    • Tragedy
    • Rebirth

  • 4 possible Story Types:
    • Milieu
    • Idea
    • Character
    • Event

Arch Plot Structure

Sentiment Analysis

Word Cloud

  • Word

  • Sentence

  • Paragraph

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October 3: Mrs. Fletcher - Tom Perotta

November 7: Origin - Dan Brown

2019 (Feb-May) Top Contenders

  • The Overstory - Richard Powers (2018)
  • My Year of Rest and Relaxation - Ottessa Moshfegh (2018)
  • Something in the Water - Catherine Steadman (2018)
  • The Fifth Season - Nora K. Jemisin (2015) 1/3 Broken Earth
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  • Asymmetry - Lisa Halliday (2018)
  • Warlight - Michael Ondaatje (2018)
  • The Outsider - Stephen King (2018)
  • The Female Persuasion - Meg Wolitzer (2018)

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Sleuthing!