Hey Lionel,

I know you’re not feeling so well these days. It will get better soon you’ll see. You’re unhappy because you see everything so negatively. You have to start thinking more positively. Sure, some days you will feel sad and depressed but it doesn’t mean that it’s the end for you. You have to start realizing that life is too short to worry about everything and anything. Perhaps you should take a day off and relax a bit in nature, so you can get your mind off of things. The greatest obstacle to your own happiness is you! Now you might find this hard to believe, but it’s true, the only thing stopping you from being happy is you. In order to be happy you must learn to listen to your own feelings and to act accordingly. You decide how you want to perceive life. Sure, you have the Tourette’s and it’s hard for you. But the Tourette’s is really not the biggest obstacle to your own happiness, it’s not your condition that’s making you unhappy.

Please stop by my office so we can get this sorted out together.

Your therapist,

Claudia Keurdjekian

Task 2 – Haiku:

Lionel is not well

Essrog Essway Eatme-tics!

The Minna Men are all gone

Task 3:

  • The world and setting of the story.

I think the world and setting of the story is based on Brooklyn, NY. It’s a very dark area and I guess it makes the story more real.

  • The secondary characters.
  • Lionel Essrog: what’s the most interesting or compelling aspect of his character? Who would you choose to play him, and why?
  • The major core conflict of the story and why or how this occurs. This should include the narrator’s inner conflict.
  • A few key scenes.
  • The dialogue.
  • The language. This can include Lionel’s narration, and most interestingly, his verbal tics.

His verbal tics are very imaginative and sometimes they really sound like poetry. Almost like he sat down to write it, but in reality they come out spontaneously. Lionel’s tics reveal his creative side.

  • The major overarching theme of the book. What kind of universal human truth does this novel suggest?
  • The tone of the book. The overall feeling or mood.

The tone of the book is dark but yet it’s humorous at same time. There are many funny parts in the book and also more serious ones, too. The tone would be a really important aspect in making the movie.

  • Perhaps there’s another aspect you’d like to talk about that’s not on the list? Pitch it to me.
  • Option if you disliked the book: A paper describing why you think it should not be made into a film. Please, Ed, don’t do it. Again, you will focus on one of the above aspects, and discuss why you either find it uninteresting, cliché, trite, or unrealistic.

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