Lipsyte is a master of imagery, and the imagery is especially powerful as he describes Alfred's further descent and eventual resurrection. In the first sentence of the chapter, Lipsyte does not say that the telephone is ringing; instead, he writes, "the rattlesnake was buzzing." Some annoying, probably dangerous force brings Alfred to consciousness. Instead of simply stating that Alfred feels sick, Lipsyte applies metaphors from the gym where Alfred has spent so many hours training in recent weeks: Jelly Belly seems to sit on his head; Jose and Angel, chattering too loudly and in Spanish, seem to jump on his stomach; Mr. Donatelli shouts at him repeatedly. Finally, Alfred realizes that the noise is just the telephone ringing.Alfred's trip to Coney Island with Major and his friends is more like a descent into hell than a trip to an amusement center. It is hot and noisy. The streets off the boardwalk are "choked" with young
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