This book prompted some great discussion!
Naming of Character Ruth
On my way to book club I mentioned to my brother, I was going. He asked what book was, he likes giving opinions of books that he has not read, so I asked him whether Ruth was author. My brother said, no that author was just lazy naming characters. I asked others at book club whether they thought Ruth was author. Someone said yes and I made the flippant comment that otherwise author was lazy at naming characters.
The same person who said that Ruth was author, said book self indulgent. Apparently author has later spent 3 hours, looking at own face in mirror and written a book about it, so that sounds self indulgent.
The book was interesting in given an insight in Japanese culture. Apparently others are aware of how viewed as an outsider such as Nao may be ostracised as Nao was at school. There was debate about whether even teacher would do that and some thought he would.
Uncle and Crow
We talked for ages without mentioning Uncle’s narrative. I raised that fact; hypothesising that this meant it was not needed in the book. But some said, enjoyed his narrative and history was interesting.
Some thought crow represented Uncle, which blew others minds. It could be one explanation for how Uncle’s secret diary, got back to his Mother as crow could have taken it back.
When ending was first mentioned, I realised I could not remember how ended as ending was such non event for me. Others were similarly disappointed but, but it did prompt lots of discussion.
Some were saying that ending meant Nao had wrote Ruth rather than as, I had thought that Ruth wrote Nao.
Someone else said about how Dad’s computer program was explanation for some strange occurrences. In the book, it says the program , ‘changed origami of time’. So that could explain some pages of diary being blank at one time. If the program deleted internet files that could explain how article Ruth found on internet was later deleted. We talked about how you can now ask to be removed from google searches and such discussion of deletion of data brings to mind censorship of data and creation of alternative truths as in big brother.
This was a great book to prompt book club discussion. Someone at book club, liked it less and less as discussed it as had not spotted some of layers and more talked felt it was more and more pretentious. Some of these Japanese type books can seem pretentious, so can see that view point.
However, think this book can be read on different levels. I admire book and enjoyed reading to some degree and loved discussing it!
Anyone have anything to add to the discussion?