Fun, irreverent, intellectual
Bokonon, a central character, a cult figure that is seen directly only in the closing pages of the book, but is present via the descriptions of the other characters from the first chapter. "I would have been a Bokononist then, if there had been anyone to teach me the bittersweet lies of Bokonon."
Excellent narration without trying too hard at the various voices.
Yes. The basic plot here is quite formulaic, and I think admittedly so, but the author more than makes up for this with well developed characters that you fall in love with. The story unfolds in a way that continually pulls you back in, saying to yourself "I will just read a bit more, need to see how they get out of (insert dramatic crisis)."
Relationships, small surprises, and a satisfying ending.
"Take care of your brother, Theo." Peter remembers his mother, on her deathbed saying this to him when she thought she was speaking to his brother, Theo. He grapples with this secret declaration of his weakness for much of the book. The scene where he resolves this conflict is my favorite.
I loved the surreal style where you constantly wondered if it was supernatural events, or some kind of schizophrenic characters interpretation of the world.
It is hard to select one. Kafka, because I think you can relate to his lost-ness. Nakata is a character you cannot help but love, especially his conversations with cats. Colonel Sanders and Johnny Walker are right up there because of the absurdity.
The end of the book is moving but specifics would spoil it for those who have not read the book.
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