It's June -- The Historian

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It's June -- The Historian

is our book club selection for this month!!!

Who's planning to/has read it?

Questions on post 4

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Oooh, that was an enjoyable one! Good choice.

Peace,
Julie

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anyone reading it?

I've not started it just yet, (yes I know it's huge and nearly the end of June) I've been trying to finish up The Host, and trying to organize my home, and went with Dh to Blacksburg over the weekend, etc. I'm nearly done with The Host though, and will start on it after that. Good thing we've been running behind with chats!!

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discussion questions

1. In the "Note to the Reader," the narrator tells us, "There is a final resource to which I have resorted when necessary--the imagination." How does she use this resource in telling her story? Is it a resource to which the other historians in the book resort, as well?

2. The theme of mentors and disciples is an important one in the book. Who are the story's mentors, and in what sense is each a mentor? Who are the book's disciples?

3. Near the end of Chapter 4, Rossi says, "Human history's full of evil deeds, and maybe we ought to think of them with tears, not fascination." Does he follow his own advice? How does his attitude toward history evolve in the course of his own story?

4. In Chapter 5, Paul's friend Massimo asserts that in history, there are no small questions. What does he mean by this and how does this idea inform the book? Do you agree with his statement?

5. Helen and Paul come from very different worlds, although they share a passion for history. How have their upbringings differed? What factors have shaped each?

6. Throughout the book, anyone who finds an antique book with a dragon in the middle is exposed to some kind of danger. What does this danger consist of? Is it an external power, or do the characters bring it upon themselves?

7. Each of the characters is aware of some of the history being made in his or her own times. What are some of these real historical events, and why are they important to the story?

8. At the beginning of Chapter 1, Paul's daughter notes, "I had been raised in a world so sheltered that it makes my adult life in academia look positively adventurous." How does she change as a person in the course of her quest?

9. Helen's history is deeply intertwined with that of Dracula. In what ways are the two characters connected? Does she triumph over his legacy, or not?

10. In Chapter 73, Dracula states his credo: "History has taught us that the nature of man is evil, sublimely so." Do the characters and events of the novel prove or disprove this belief?

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I have it just have not read it yet.

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i started it, but dh was having to be out of town a lot, and my over active imagination just wouldn't let me sit down and read it before bed comfortably!! Lol

I do still plan to read it, but am trying to focus on the alphabet challenge a little.

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I haven't read this book yet, but it is on my list of books to get to.