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This book was trite and predictable. The sentences were poorly composed and the plot and characters were dull. Aside from the references to the wonderful book Roughing It by Mark Twain, the book was very forgetable.
This was a challenging book for the members to read and some of them were not sure that they liked it at the beginning of our meeting. But as the duscussion, which lasted for two hours and could have gone on longer, started, many changed their minds to really liking it and appreciating the questions about life that the author brings up through her main character's many lives. The book analysis led to many discussions about fate, life choices and their consequences, and the importance of being a "witness" to life and those around us.
A very evocative and beautifully written novel, the book takes the reader back to a simplier time when life's important elements such as love, friendship, family, the joy in learning, and the awe over the natural world and its movements as well as other values are clear. This coming-of-age work resonates with every reader and provides for a weath of discussion.
It is a beautifully written book about a small town and its inhabitants--their problems, triumphs, coming together--and how all of that represents the human experience throughout time.
Initially, many club members were not too happy with the book but once the book club discussion began, people could not stop talking about the book. The overall themes and concerns of the author regarding cloning and how applicable they are to us today were of great importance. Also, the members were focused on the characters and whether or not they seemed human, why they accepted their fate, and how they relate to us today. The artistry of the author and how he crafted the book was another topic of interest. Many members wanted to read more books by the same author.
THE GROUP REALLY LIKED THE BOOK ALTHOUGH MANY OF THE READERS LIKED IT BETTER AS THEY READ ON. THEY WERE ESPECIALLY ENTHUSIASTIC TO DISCUSS THE LACK OF INVOLVEMENT OF THE BRISTISH GOVERNMENT AND THE TRIAL OF THE CAPTAIN AND THE NEED TO BLAME HIM. LARSON DOES A GOOD JOB OF PULLING EVERYTHING TOGETHER AND CREATING A PLATFORM FOR DISCUSSION.
It was a very fun book to read and I was worried that maybe there would not be enough issues or topics to discuss but the club was extremely enthusiastic about the book and some of them had looked into Sisi's life on their own. We couldn't stop discussing the book and the club meeting was much longer because of that.
The book was a great story that provided lots of conversations--Tom Robbins is a very iconoclastic writer that uses the stage of expansive history to tell his story. The book is from the 80's but not dated at all.
The book generated a lot of conversation about bias and multiethnic families as well as personal accounts of bias growing up.
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