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This whole book club thing is new to me. I’ve never been a member of one, let alone led one. While I love the idea of discussing and dissecting books, I’m not sure how to go about it, and I’ve been contemplating different methods. Should we share overall impressions and then dive in to some details? Should we start with details and wind up with overall impressions? Will our overall impressions change when we discuss the details?
Mike and I read Herman Melville’s Bartleby a while ago. I liked the story much better after discussing it with him. There were points I hadn’t noticed and connections I hadn’t made initially, and once we ironed out the finer wrinkles of the story together, I think we both liked it better. I imagine such a thing could happen through these Club discussions.
I’ve decided to start with details. And I want to present all the canned questions in addition to my own. Maybe the makers of canned questions know how this book discussion stuff works, right?
Would it help you all to know when to expect Book Club questions? How about we post them on Tu/Th/Sa until we run out of questions? At least, that’s what I’ll try to do. I can’t be held responsible for power outages, chocolate chip cookie crises, writer’s block, mood swings, and such.
We’ll start with Roxane. What is it about her that makes such an impression on the other hostages and the terrorists? Is it merely that she is famous? How does her singing and the music relate to the story?