You did such a good job with our book discussion Tuesday night. Thank you.
I just wanted you to know that I have finished the rest of the book, and after our discussion, it was a different book for me.
After book club, I quit reading each story looking for the plot and characters that I would have chosen for a story, and I started seeing what “Tom” intended for me to understand. This was his take on the lives of these people, and after thinking about his background and his contributions to our culture, the stories came alive.
I also thought about the research he must have put into some of the stories. Or maybe it’s just a natural part of his thinking, based on his travels and experiences, which far surpass my own. There were some fascinating facts included, as well as some powerful imaginative ideas.
His use of language is so … real! His words and phrases drew me into the setting and the lives of the characters so quickly. I never once became bored or uninterested. The various formats he tried, with junket schedules, and scripts, and stream of consciousness, and unexpected twists – and ALWAYS a typewriter – kept things fresh and engaging. And somewhere in each, a good heart is revealed.
Now I am thinking I might go back and read the stories I read previously, now that I have new eyes.
Isn’t it great how a book club discussion can change our thinking! Thank you again!