I know I’ve been a little lax about posting the last few months, and I’ve been working on a personal piece about why that is, but I’ve discovered I’m not so good with posting really personal stuff. I’m no Carolyn over at Rosemary and Reading Glasses, who posts such beautifully crafted writings on both books and her own life experiences.
For today, since I actually finished And the Birds Rained Down early, I thought I’d post some questions for you out there to get some feedback for this month’s book club. As for my own opinion on the book, you’ll have to wait until the podcast, but I will say that I think this book is worth reading. I hope the Canada Reads debate gives this book the attention it deserves.
Feel free to add your own questions in the comments and I’ll put them into the post.
1. How did you feel about the representation of the elderly characters in this book? Did you find aging was romanticized or represented realistically?
2. The book is making a commentary about how we deal with the elderly. Did you enjoy how this commentary was done and where it all ended up?
3. What is your relationship with the elderly? Do you enjoy spending time with them? Do the elderly make you uncomfortable?
4. What is your relationship with your own aging? Does it relate to how you view the elderly in general?
5. How did you feel about the translation of this book? Were you able to tell that it was a translation? Do you read a lot of translations in general?
4. What were your opinions on the narrator interludes (parts in italics)?
5. What were your opinions on the ending?
6. To go with Canada Reads, do you feel this book breaks down barriers? How effective is it in doing so?
7. Did you feel the romance in this book was done well or too cheezily?
8. Is ill-fated love impossible these days?
9. As Kirtles is always wanting to post about the soundtracks for reading books, were there any songs playing in your head when you read this?
I can answer this one! I was out at a Vietnamese restaurant while reading this book and The Cranberries’ Dreams started playing just when certain sweet moments were occurring. I couldn’t help thinking it was a pretty great song for the more romantic parts of this story.