Hey everyone! I wanted to be sure to point out another blog out there where they are reading “Garlic & Sapphires” too. Click HERE to link to bkclubcare (you may have seen her comments on previous posts here on Planet Books). bkClubCare has posted some fun discussion questions of her own. I will start posting some fun things for us to do regarding the book after Thanksgiving. I’m brainstorming and working on some creative ideas.
If you have any ideas or questions you would like to have included when we discuss “G&S” please leave them in the comment sections of this post.
I found some good discussion questions over at Book Browse.com. Please take a moment to leave your answer with us. Make sure to note which question you are answering.
1. Consider the four sentences in italics that begin chapter one. What did you think when you read them for the first time? What do you think now?
2. Discuss the notion of “magical thinking.” Have you ever experienced anything like this, after a loss or some other life-changing occurrence? How did it help, or hinder, your healing?
3. Consider the tone Didion uses throughout the book, one of relatively cool detachment. Clearly she is in mourning, and yet her anguish is quite muted. How did this detached tone affect your reading experience?
4. One word critics have used again and again in describing this book is “exhilarating.” Did you find it to be so? Why, or why not?
5. Discuss Didion’s repetition of sentences like “For once in your life just let it go”; “We call it the widowmaker”; “I tell you that I shall not live two days”; and “Life changes in the instant.” What purpose does the repetition serve? How did your understanding of her grief change each time you reread one of these sentences?
6. Didion is adapting The Year of Magical Thinking into a play bound for Broadway. How do you imagine its transition from page to stage? Would you want to see the play?
While talking with my sister on the phone this moring, I realized that I had forgotten to post some discussion questions about last months book, “Like Water For Chocolate”by Laura Esquirel. I had been ill with a terrible flu the week I was supposed to start posting questions so I do apologize for not getting these on sooner.
1) First of all let me ask you if you believe that Tita is a strong female figure and a feminist character?
2) The three De La Garza sisters possess differing personalities. By tracing their trajectories through the course of the novel, discuss the way each sister embodies a female stereotype. What statement might the author be making through these types about options in the lives of women?
3) What does the novel tell us about the domestic life of women?
4) How is fire used as a symbol in the book?
5) Discuss the importance of the narrator.
6) What is the significance of the many physical illnesses that plague characters throughout the novel?
My sister had a great idea of incorporating recipes into this part of the post. If you have any recipes/dishes that turn you and/or your lover on then please share them here. Maybe you will get inspired by another’s recipe and find that it works for you too! This could be very interesting so please, as you leave a comment take a moment to tell us and share your favorite “love” recipe.
(All the discussions questions came from http://www.sparknotes.com/ )