- Before they are married Archer fantasizes about 'awakening' May. During their courtship he is at some pains to educate and inform her tastes, but he abandons the task even before the wedding. How is his behaviour towards May mirror to his unconsumated love for Countess Olenska?
- When I was a child my mother told me that May manipulated Archer to acheive her own ends, she implied that it was a bad thing for May to do. Is May a sneak or a product of her time? Was it wrong of her?
- Somewhere in the novel Archer complains to Countess Olenska "I don't Understand You!", and she growls back, "Yet you understand her!" Do you understand either of them? What ideas do these two women represent? Why does he love one and scorn the other? Why does he stick with one and forsake the other?
- Is society going to pot? Would you like to live in Old New York? Visit?
- Food Food Food! What is canvas-back? How does May's image as Diana the Virgin Godess jive with her food loving tribe?
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Synopsis: A boy goes on a quest to find his father by following a series of (meaningless?) clues that lead him to meet every Black in the NYC phone book.
Review: Sorry if the synopsis doesn't capture the genius of ELAIC. Read the book. It's a love story that will fill you with sadness and hope.
Rate: 5 boroughs
- Who was that enlightenment philosopher/scientist who said refering to love he felt for his mistress "I never wanted more to believe in our eternal souls", or something like?
- Does it mean anything that JSF wrote about a boy going on a quest which is not exactly pointless?
- Is Grandpa selfish? or sad? or human? Should he have just got over it?
Slaughter House Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Hiroshima by John Hersey
The Odyssey by Homer
About a Boy by Nick Hornby
That children's book where the father dies and leaves his son a locked box and the boy, with the help of his best friend, goes on a quest to find the key. Inside, among other things, is a playing card. The story ends with a deep fried twinky and some sort of hula hoop routine at a fairground talent show. Incidentally the boy only eats PBJ.
The Incredible Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznik
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer