Southwest Book Club Meets February 9
Barrett's The Air We Breathe takes place during World War I at a sanitarium in the Adirondacks. A discussion group's weekly conversations lead to tragedy and eventually anti-immigrant sentiment directed at some of the patients.
In The Garden of Last Days, Andre Dubus III fashions a disturbing and revealing encounter between an American woman on the edge and an intense Muslim man.
Pick one or read both!
Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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If you are unable to attend the meeting or you would like to join our discussion, you can share your thoughts or respond to the discussion questions below. Simply click "Comments" located at the bottom of this post. Join the discussion!
The Air We Breathe
1. The two opening chapters explicitly contrast conditions at the public sanatorium of Tamarack State, inhabited largely by impoverished immigrants, and the cure cottages of Tamarack Lake, inhabited by wealthy patients. Discuss the role class differences play in the novel.
2. What do you think of the following quotation? "We are nothing but what we derive from the air we breathe, the climate we inhabit, the government we obey, the system of religion we profess, and the nature of our employment." (J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur) How do you think it relates to the story?
The Garden of Last Days
1. What are some possible meanings of this book's title? What various images and interpretations of "paradise" appear here?
2. How do you feel about the particular blend of fiction and history in this book? Should the author have strayed further from or stayed closer to the historical reality?