06-16-2008 12:11 PM - edited 06-16-2008 12:12 PM
Suffering plays a central role in the novel, not just in the medical elements but also in each of the movements of the characters. Can you look at this prevalence ofsuffering, and try to see if it leads to more suffering, or to understanding and action for the good? What does Orville’s hearing the words “Don’t spread more suffering around” (when he is on the train) mean, and where does it come from?
Message Edited by ande on 06-16-2008 12:12 PM
06-19-2008 10:32 AM - edited 06-19-2008 10:33 AM
Did Orville's relationships turn out in the end to be what you suspected in the beginning?
What surprised you?Ande
Message Edited by IBIS on 06-19-2008 10:33 AM
"I am a part of everything that I have read."
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06-27-2008 12:10 AM
The ending was very satisfying for me, as was the entire book. Mr Shem really had me going there at the end. I thought that Orville was actually going to leave. Maybe, I thought, it would be OK, maybe Celestina was who he really DID need. But I kept shouting at him "Get off the train! Get off the train! This HERE is your life! GET OFF THE TRAIN!" I'm so glad Orville heard me.
I was surprised with the destruction of the hotel. I was thinking that perhaps Orville’s money was going to save and restore it. I wondered what role Henry Schooner would play and there it was in his last scene telling Orvy the truth he didn't want to hear. Orville ran and here he is, running again. "Running' from the woman who loves you - you don't even see it, do you? Runnin' from that sweet boy who loves you like a father?" "Can't run from a town. Y'find another town just like it down the road."
Great to see Selma at work preserving Olana with Orlando Durney. Frederick Church - the oddball. "The man didn't fit in anywhere, really, except here in Columbia. Here, a lot of oddballs have, and do."
The scene in the hospital with Orvy shaving and tending to Bill was beautiful. It shows how much Orville has grown in his relationships.
I’m not sure how I feel about a sequel. I just don’t want to risk anything bad happening to Miranda, Orville, or any of the kids. But I would love to hear how everyone is doing and of course, love all Miranda’s little Columbian history lessons.
Thank you for letting me be a part of this excellent ARC.
Killing the Blues by Rowland Salley
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