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Some questions on Part 2

I'm bullying simbel_myne into coming up with questions on Part 2. Here they are, as transcribed by me.

1. We've met another protagonist now, Tim. What do you think of him? Is it different from your first impression of him from Part 1?

2. How do you see the roles of the major people in Tim's life--his ex-wife, Carrie, Deanna, and Pastor Dennis. Are these positive or negative influences on him?

3. What do you think of Tim and Carrie's marriage? We are told Tim's motivations for marrying, what do you think Carrie's motivations are?

4. You can see abstinence in the stages of Tim's new life. How well do you think it's working for him? How well do you think HE thinks it's working for him?

5. How are you finding your own biases affecting this section. Religion, for instance, is a huge part of Tim's life. Does that color how you react?

Have at folks.

And h_bomb1013 asks that everyone can get Part 3 read by Sunday. Thanks!

Of interest

I found a writer's website and this page struck me. Given all the discussion on who the narrator was in Haunted and how that affected our reading of it, I thought I'd link y'all up.

Narration of Literary Stories

Tonights Chat.

    Since we have a drugged Pookie-bear (aka mod #1) on our hands, I have decided to push the book discussion back to later this week.  Soooo, I have decided to leave it up to you swell ladies and gents (?). 

When would you like the next book discussion to be?  Friday, this weekend? 

Also, to those who have asked to join Writers_reading, please remember to apply to the first post, or Application.

Discussion Chat

In order to accommodate both my illness and Cathy's social obligation (no fair having a life, btw), chat will actually be tomorrow (Wednesday) evening at 9:30p EST. It will run for approximate one hour.


The Abstinence Teacher - part 1

Sorry these are late. Real life and all that jazz.

1) Given what we know about Ruth, do you like or dislike her, as a person? Or have you not formed an opinion yet?

2) Was Ruth ambushed by her student, the school, the church, or all three? Do you think that the process of changing the curriculum was fair or reasonable? On what do you base this decision?

3) Hot button question: Should abstinence be taught along side sex ed, in place of sex ed, or not at all?

4) Are you finding that your own personal biases are effecting how you relate to the characters introduced so far? If so, which ones?

Part 2 for next week. We will have chat on Tuesday night, 03/03/08, at 7:30p EST. Chat will last one hour and I will try and get questions up a few hours before.

Haunted Wrap-up & The Abstinence Teacher

Chat Log

Well, that is one book down. If anyone wants to write a wrap-up or review, please feel to do that.

Now, we are moving on to our next book. The poll majority was for The Abstinence Teacher. You can grab this book from any number of online vendors, or from almost any brick and mortar bookseller.

For next weekend, please try to get Part 1 read.

The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta

Stonewood Heights is the perfect place to raise kids. It’s got the proverbial good schools, solid values and a healthy real estate market. It’s the kind of place where parents are involved in their children’s lives, where no opportunity for enrichment goes unexplored.

Ruth Ramsey is the human sexuality teacher at the local high school. She believes that “pleasure is good, shame is bad, and knowledge is power.” Ruth’s younger daughter’s soccer coach is Tim Mason, a former stoner and rocker whose response to hitting rock bottom was to reach out and be saved. Tim belongs to The Tabernacle, an evangelical Christian church that doesn’t approve of Ruth’s style of teaching. And Ruth in turn doesn’t applaud The Tabernacle’s mission to take its message outside its doors. Adversaries in a small-town culture war, Ruth and Tim instinctively mistrust each other. But when a controversy on the soccer field pushes the two of them to actually talk to each other, they are forced to take each other at something other than face value.

The Abstinence Teacher exposes the powerful emotions that run beneath the surface of modern American family life and explores the complex spiritual and sexual lives of ordinary people. Elegantly written, it is characterized by the distinctive mix of satire and compassion that have animated Perrotta’s previous novels.

My last word

So we finished the first book, a difficult one by any standard. Even the person who didn't finish it kept up with the discussion. I was impressed by the level of the discussion we had through out.

Thank you to xunforgivenx and h_bomb1013 for putting this together and doing the work to keep us on track. I appreciate it.

For those who joined too late to pick up the first book--pick up the second. I'd be just fine if the same four or five of us keep talking books, but you are missing out. It was a wild ride.

Thanks guys.

Chat (finally)

I know it's short notice. But chat tonight at 8pm (EST).

Also, our next book is The Abstinence Teacher. I will post more information on it later today.

questions up for ridicule

Ok, admitting that I suck for not finishing the book... (The unrelenting awfulness got me about when they started cutting themselves up)
I have a few questions-
xunforgivenx Why did you like the book so much?
What about this book is good writing?
meh, I have other questions but I need to be on the road.

I'll try to get them up before you all get together to discuss. (I'll be driving back sunday night)

Poll and chat reminder

Chat tonight, 9:30 pm EST. Please respond here (with an AIM SN, if I don't have yours) if you will be in attendance.

Alos, please vote in the poll if you have not.