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Welcome to the internet home of the Kilbourn Public Library (KPL) Book Club. The KPL Book Club meets at the library once a month. A book is chosen for each month and then members of the book club meet the last Monday and Wednesday of every month for lively discussion and treats. While we can’t offer you treats via the internet, this KPL Reads blog was designed for those of you who would like to participate in the book club but don’t have time to join us at meetings. Each month KPL staff will post discussion topics and questions to get you “talking”. Join in the discussion by adding a post to the blog. Click on the word comments below the post you want to "talk" about and write your comment. Be sure to check back often to see feedback and comments.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
The January book selection for the Kilbourn Public Library Book Discussion Group is A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby.
Nick Hornby mines the hearts and psyches of four lost souls who connect just when they’ve reached the end of the line.
In four distinct and riveting first-person voices, Hornby tells a story of four individuals confronting the limits of choice, circumstance, and their own mortality. This is a tale of connections made and missed, punishing regrets, and the grace of second chances.
Each character's voice attempts to offer insight into the meaning of life and death. Does any one character do this better than the others? Are older people necessarily smarter than younger people when it comes to the philosophy of living?
Are the characters likeable? Is it important that we like them in order to enjoy and/or understand the story? Which character did you like or at least empathize with the most? The least? Why?
What does this story teach us about what defines friends and family? Do the characters become friends?
Let us know what you think of A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby.
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