Jun 28, 2011

Twenty-Four Hours in the Life of a Woman - First part

A short little book, compelling and fast moving, it starts with the narrator introducing us to the one event that shakes the peaceful conversations of a small group of people staying at a hotel on the Rivera.
Just in a few pages, plenty of feelings, characters, situations and values are presented for reflection. 

How did you first feel about the narrator? What would you answer to Mrs C's question considering what it implies about prejudice, acceptance and respect? If you were married, would you introduce such a woman to your wife as if nothing had happened?
Do you think times have changed with regard to the perception, consideration and value given to virtue, love and passions?
What about the gentleman of Mrs C' story? What are your thoughts and feelings about this character? 
At one point, Mrs C expresses that she would find it difficult to give a clear name to the feeling that drew her so compulsively after the unfortunate man. Could you give a name to that feeling?

As always, looking forward to reading your long, short, deep, or first-impression thoughts on the book.

Jun 16, 2011

And the winner is ...

… Twenty-Four Hours in the Life of a Woman, by Stefan Zweig

Thanks everybody for your participation in the poll.

Although this is a short book, we are going to take it easy this time - so members can recover for the previous long books! Find the suggested reading pace for sharing at the "Book Discussion Schedule" page.

Jun 14, 2011

Freedom - Final Discussion

Some questions to follow the interesting discussion already started with Jorge's post and the comments from Kristen and Rocio - and even Nayra's! if we want to extract conclusions from her statement...

Did you got annoyed by the book or did you enjoy it? 
Did you feel the characters were not interesting, boring, not redeeming, or did you like them?  Even if you did not like them, did any of them arose any feelings in you that make it attractive to keep reading?
What about the end? Do you think it is a happy end or a tragic end?
If Walter had written a memoir, what might he have said about his victories and his suffering?
What character do you think is the least free? And the most free?
How is Lalitha different from the other characters? How does her motivation for working with the Cerulean Mountain Trust compare to Walter's? 

Too many questions! and still, there is much more we want to hear from you.
THE last one: As Rocio said, do you think you will read another Franzen?