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The Starless Sea: A Novel
by Erin Morgenstern

Published: 2019-11-05
Hardcover : 512 pages
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus, a timeless love story set in a secret underground world--a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea.

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a ...
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus, a timeless love story set in a secret underground world--a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea.

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues--a bee, a key, and a sword--that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library hidden far below the surface of the earth. What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians--it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also of those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose--in both the mysterious book and in his own life.

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Discussion Questions

1. a single book takes Zachary on an adventure. What book that you've read would you want to take on an adventure?
2. Why does Allegra want to destroy the doors?
3. What are the pirate and the girl metaphors for?
4. The Starless Sea is made up of six books. Is there a main character or narrator for each? Or do they each have the same one?
5. How do the stories intersect in The Starless Sea?
6. The books in The Starless Sea are: "Sweet Sorrows," "Fortunes and Fables," "The Ballad of Simon and Eleanor," "Written int he Stars," "The Owl King," and "The Secret Diary of Katrina Hawkins," How do they differ from one another, in particular book six from the first five?
7. Why didn't Zachary open the door when he was younger? Why do you think he found "Sweet Sorrows" in the library years later?
8. What do you think Katrina finds at the end of the book when she opens the door with a crown, a feather and a heart?



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  "This is a difficult read."by thewanderingjew (see profile) 02/15/20

The Starless Sea, Erin Morgenstern, author; Dominic Hoffman, Dion Graham, Bahni
Turpin, Fiona Hardingham, Allan Corduner, Jorjeana Marie, narrators
I really had high hopes for this book.

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