Sunday, December 20, 2009
Her Fearful Symmetry
This was a beautiful story about the interconnectedness of life and family, even into death. It shows the connections between twins and the ways that they can be both captivating and painfully stiffling. Niffenegger presents such rich characters and eloquently describes the relationships between them. One aspect of this book that I particularly loved was the ambiguous way that she played around the idea of death and life afterwards. It was a fantastic way to present the topic in a way that leaves the reader questioning the world as they know it.
Questions: (warning; if you have not read the book, these will spoil it...stop now!!!)
1) Who did you sympathize with more, Julia or Valentina? Did your sympathies change as the story moved on?
2) Do you believe in ghosts? If not, how did you feel about the concept being presented in this book? How do you feel about the idea of ghosts now?
3) Do you think Elspeth intended to take Valentina's body all along? What do you think of her decision?
4) How do you conceptualize the relationships between twins? Do you think this was a relevant depiction?
5) What do you think of Valentina's nickname "mouse" and how if fit her in the begining as compared to the end?
6) What are your thoughts on Martin?!
7) How do you think the "secret" between Elspeth and Eddie affected each character in the book? What do you think of the decision that they made?
8) Finally, did you like the book?
Answer some, answer all, make up your own, review the book...whatever! I will post my answers in a comment form, so as to not sway anybody's thoughts :)
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