Courageous, helpful, hard-boiled, curious
Friend of his tourettic brain
Lover of Frank Minna’s teaching, Frank Minna as a person and after discovering the truth, possibly Frank Minna no more
Who feels an intense love for Kimmery, sad because of Frank’s death and the need to avenge this death
Who needs answers, acknowledgment, and no one else but himself
Who fears his outbursts, being unsuccessful and being a disappointment
Who gives everything he can, his undivided attention and his time
Who would like to kill the giant, kill Gerard and kill anyone else who has hurt Frank
Resident of a suspenseful and surprising atmosphere
The scene I’ve chosen is a narrative passage Lionel tells on p. 192 right after he has finished an intense conversation with Tony. We are at the point in the novel where Lionel is annoyed with Loomis and his character is developing in a way where we see his stand up for himself which we don’t necessarily expect from him. The language Lionel uses and the way he talks about his syndrome is surprising to me. Not only is it evident to use that he has Tourette’s, but we see him ask us, “Have you noticed yet that I relate everything to my Tourrette’s?” (192) which is a rhetorical question because he’s been doing it for the past 192 pages. This aspect shows to the reader the novel wouldn’t be anything close to what it is if the main character was any other typical hard-boiled individual. The use of repetition and his unclear and sometimes confusing ideas gives the reader an insight of what’s going on in his brain, and makes us understand how he had reacted in earlier scenes for example, and how it really isn’t all his fault. They are uncontrollable. They must be heard (somewhat like explosions in your brain). He even compares his Tourette’s itself as being a tic. His inner struggle is shown when he explains “Thinking about ticking, my mind racing, thoughts reaching to touch every possible symptom” (192).
To relate to the scene above, it reminded me of the opening moments of the novel, when Lionel is somewhat preparing the reader for what is to come, but we don’t yet know what we are in for. On only the second page, he screams “Eat me!” (2). It reminded me of the passage above because he isn’t shameful of his Tourette’s and he willingly opens up to telling us about it. He states that “It’s an itch at first. Inconsequential. But that itch is soon a torrent behind a straining dam. Noah’s flood. That itch is my whole life.” (2). When you have a syndrome as controlling as Tourette’s, it does end up controlling your whole life. He uses puns and jokes to describe this. His sense of humour brings a different light to the novel and in my opinion it makes it much more enjoyable.