“When you piss off of a bridge into a snowstorm, it feels like you're connecting with eternal things…” this was the first quote that struck my mind with a great force while reading Adios, Nirvana. in this dramatic novel, a 16 year old boy named Jonathan overcomes the suicidal thoughts to join his dead brother, Telemachus, who died to a bus accident one night while getting johnathan some cold medicine. In the beginning of the book, jonathan immediately attempts suicide by jumping off of a bridge,but to his surprise, he survives. after this the author describes the personality of the boy: a depressed teen who doesn’t get enough sleep and relives his stress through poetry and music. The way he interacts with other characters in the beginning is with alot of sarcasm and give plenty of smart alec remarks. An example of one of these remarks would be; “ We should all go on a caribbean cruise?” (pg. 18-19) this was said as jonathan was talking to one of his teachers, Dr. Bramwell (nicknamed Dr. Birdwell for his bird-like behaviors), about his role in school and how he was failing. Near the end of the novel he is a lot more serious with people and is a lot more caring for his friends and family. one example of this would be when he did the housework that Mimi, his mom, told him to do, showing that he did care about her idea of making their house into a wedding chapel.
The main idea that i think would go best with this book would be to not just rely on yourself, but not just rely on others either, but find the silver line between the two, and you’ll be alright.the reason I think that this goes with this book is because Jonathan had to overcome the depression that the death of his brother gave him, but he couldn’t do it just by himself, which was the clear picture when he tried to and ended up jumping off of a bridge in the beginning. but he also couldn’t let anybody else do it completely for him, which was clear when his mom tried to help him by making up something for him to do, which was scraping and painting the house, as well as getting his grades up, which he had to do himself. but he ended up doing part of it alone and part of it with help, which was when he found the silver lining in between the two.
“Thick” (pg.1) Denotative: having a close relationships to another person\group of people
Connotative: friends, family, “thickness is forever”
“Chaos” (pg.13) Denotative: a section in “the tales of telemachus”- a poem book that jonathan is writing ...