Task 6 (psycho-therapy)

Dear Lionel,

I know that happiness can be hard to find, especially when someone closest to you, even a father-like figure, passes away. However, you are not alone, there are other people that are going through what you are feeling or even, going through the same situation. At times like this you’re best bet is to grieve properly, don’t outrun it or else your unhappiness will grow, and with all it’s strength it will come out at you and there, at that moment is something very hard to recover. Don’t let yourself fall.

Task 7 (Haiku)

Five men in a car

Conversation among two

Lionel in the middle


  • The world and setting of the story.
  • 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.
  • 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 most interesting and obvious aspect of Lionel Essrog’s character is his Tourette’s syndrome. All his tics create some humor  in a serious scene to navigate the readers in a lighter feeling, or mood. As in a movie, when there’s a serious or intense scene, one of the character’s says or does something funny, or attempts to be funny, in order for the audience to somewhat get away of the intense moment and smile or laugh, because everyone knows a frowning express can give you wrinkles! Lionel’s tics always have a word play for what has been said or for something we was about to day and that can be very interesting, in a way where we never know what he’ll say next. For example, when Lionel came into contact with a very big and dangerous people he just screams out “Eat me Fujisaki” which is not something you would want to yell out to these kind of people (279).


Julia Graziani


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