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  • Over the last three days I read and enjoyed the book, Slot Machine
  • A hefty portion of this humour is constructed in the numerous letters sent from the main character, Elvin, to his mother, not so subtlety hinting what a abysmal experience she is putting him through by sending him to camp
  • Unfortunately, there is very little in this book
  • Originally I started this novel because I thought that it would be about gambling, but by the end I came to love and respect this parody of adolescents pain for what it is

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      Over the last three days I read and enjoyed the book, Slot Machine. It is the story of a self proclaimed non-athlete who is sent to a sports camp against his will. At the sports camp, they are determined to slot everyone in particular sport according to their strengths and interests. It’s told through the eyes of an obese, out of shape, 14 year old who wants nothing more than to be left out of all the inhumane

      activities going on around him.

      As previously mentioned, I thoroughly enjoyed Slot Machine. I read a large chunk of this book in one sitting. It is very hard to put down. This is due to it’s realistic dialog, appealing characters, but most of all the humour that makes up a large part of the story. A hefty portion of this humour is constructed in the numerous letters sent from the main character, Elvin, to his mother, not so subtlety ...


      • hinting what a abysmal experience she is putting him through by sending him to camp.

        Inevitably, along with the good, there is also bad. If there’s one argument against this book, it’s that the plot is somewhat lacking. It can be described disappointingly simply. Some kid goes to camp and doesn’t like sports. One thing that contributes to a good plot is character development. Unfortunately, there is very little in this book. There is no change in Elvin Bishop

        at all. He is exactly the same person in the beginning and the end.

        Originally I started this novel because I thought that it would be about gambling, but by the end I came to love and respect this parody of adolescents pain for what it is. Chris Lynch’s Slot Machine is sarcastic, humorous, occasionally sad, and always vulgar. Like every story, this book has it’s strengths and it’s weak points but overall it’s embarrassing hilarity overshadows it’s insubstantial plot.




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    sean says :

    what is the main idea

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    Marg says :

    The main person is Elvin. He is overweight and he has friendship issues and other insecurities. He goes to a school that has different`slots’ to tell you which sports team your on, which is what the title refers to. Elvin has trouble with all sports, which is the what causes him problems.

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