Essay Topic 1
The author begins the story in the present day and tells the story through a series of flashbacks. Why did he choose to tell his story this way? In what way is a flashback technique more interesting for a reader? In what ways is it more complicated?
Essay Topic 2
Describe the setting at the beginning of the novel. Does the author paint a complete picture for the reader? What, if anything, is missing?
Essay Topic 3
Larry spends some alone time at the beginning of the novel to contemplate his life. What does he think about? What conclusions does he arrive at? Explain why he is in a contemplative mood at this point in time.
Essay Topic 4
Describe the nature of Larry and Sally's marriage. Why are they perfectly suited for each other? How does the author indicate that theirs will be a successful, long-term marriage? Explain...
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