Tuesday, 23 March 2010

World Bookclub Interview with John Boyne

I've just been looking for some bookclub discussion questions about our book of the month and i found this radio programme which might be interesting:

Monday, 22 March 2010

March Book Club

Hello everyone,

Hopefully you will all have read the book for this weeks bookclub. Here are some questions to get you thinking about what we might discuss on Thursday.

- What did you think of Bruno’s character? What did you like about him? What didn’t you like?

- How would you describe Elsa? Were you surprised that Elsa (Bruno’s mother) was unaware of the true nature of the camp? How would you have responded to this situation if you had been in her position?

- How do the characters in The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas exemplify Hannah Arendt’s notion of ‘the banality of evil’, that evil arises out of the tendency of ordinary people to follow orders, to accept what they’re told by authorities, to conform to the prevailing opinion? How easily could such evil arise in our own society? What might lead to it? What could prevent it?

- What would you identify as the most important messages from The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas?

I'll see you all on Thursday!

The Soloist - February Book Club

The cakes were kindly supplied by Anna Evans, and they were enjoyed by everyone!

This novel proved to be not such a hit with the bookclub. We all agreed that it felt like a series of articles rather than a flowing novel. We also had the impression that a lot of the very complex issues dealt with in the book were only really skimmed over. There could have been a lot more depth to the book which would have engrossed us a little more.

I'm not sure if this was the librarians in the group but we thought that having an appendix with fulltext or references of the actual articles which created the base for this novel would have been interesting.

Most of the group felt very bored with the novel and would not recommend it to a friend. Overall we gave the book an average of 4 out of 10.