Is everyone reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot? I’m half-way through and very engaged. There are many aspects to this story: social, ethical, scientific. I look forward sorting out my varied thoughts during the discussion in February.
I’m really into the science. Right now we’re listening to/watching an Astronomy course from The Teaching Company; I’m reading Henrietta Lacks; Mike is reading Your Inner Fish, by Neil Shubin, aloud (evolution); and I’m reading Tide, Feather, Snow, by Miranda Weiss at night (much natural history about AK). Science fascinates me.
Two Bel Canto questions today.
1. At one point Carmen says to Gen, “‘Ask yourself, would it be so awful if we all stayed here in this beautiful house?'” (pg. 206). Both the terrorists and hostages seem to get comfortable with their situation. Do you suppose any actually prefer the situation to the outside world, and do you think that’s reasonable?
2. We’re told the story takes place in an un-named country in South America. Why do you think the author chose to not name a country?