Welcome back, readers! It's time for the mid-month discussion, where we will be asking questions and talking about the book up to the end of Chapter 8
Why doesn't the main character have a name? Was this a purposeful strategy employed by the author? And to what purpose? How do you feel about it? Is it an effective way to get you to relate? Did you even notice at all? (I didn't.)
Our narrator has returned to his home town for a funeral (we don't know whose). Do you think that framing his childhood story with a funeral gives this story a pessimistic outlook, rather than an optimistic one?
It's easy to think of the Hempstocks as the "triple goddess" (the Maiden, the Mother, and the Crone) of popular mythology. In what ways do they conform to those roles? In what ways are they different? Here’s an interesting hook for you: it’s the maiden that saves the boy, not the mother or the crone, who should be the nominal protectors. Even in the context of the supernatural saviors, the cold practicality of the adult would let him go, while it’s the child who saves the child. Why?
On page 18, the narrator tells us that his father often burnt their toast and always ate it with apparent relish. He also tells us that later in life, his father admitted that he had never actually liked burnt toast, but ate it to avoid waste, and that his father's confession made the narrator's entire childhood feel like a lie: 'it was as if one of the pillars of belief that my world had been built upon had crumbled into dry sand.' Are there any beliefs from your own childhood that you discovered to be false?
Here's a fun activity that everyone can do, regardless of artistic talent: draw your favorite scene from the book so far using Muro in the comments! Don't worry, nothing you can draw will look as terrible as mine will.
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This month, thanks to Melville House Books
, we've got ARC's (advanced reader copies) of The Visitors
by Simon Sylvester
. You'll get to read it before it comes out officially!
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