Book Club

Description: The Book Club meets every 6 weeks to discuss a current book for review. If you like to read and to talk about books this is for you – or you can just listen to what others have to say.  Give it a go.

Coordinator: Alan Corkhill

Day: See list below

Time: 9:30 am

Location: Shed

More Information

Please contact Alan to be put on the email distribution list for the Book Club.

Any enquiries: Alan Corkhill  Email: 045 012 7270

Focus Questions

Anthony Doerr, “All The Light We Cannot See” (2014)

1. “To shut your eyes is to guess nothing of blindness”. What did you learn or realise about blindness through Marie-Laure’s perspective?
2. Think about the novel’s title – can you think of some examples of ‘the light we cannot see’, figuratively or literally,  in the story?
3. What is the role of radio in the book’s story and in the time period?
4. Have you read any Jules Verne? Why do you think Anthony Doerr decided to make Verne’s fiction such a big part of his own?
5. Why do you think Marie-Laure gave Werner the little iron key? Why might Werner have gone back for the wooden house but left the Sea of Flames?
6. How would you describe the narrative of “All the Light We Cannot See”? Linear? Fragmented? […]
How do you think the novel’s structure relates to its story? 
7. […] Discuss the theme of good versus evil throughout the story. […]. What […] are the ultimate lessons that these characters and the resolution of their stories teach us?
8. The end of the book gives us a glimpse into the characters’ future. […] Were you surprised by any of their fates?

Book List 2023

 Jack Serong, “The Rules of Backyard Cricket” (2016) [a fictionalised true story about competitive sport, rivalry and assertive masculinity by a multiple-award winning Australian writer]  OCTOBER 19

Maggie O’Farrell, “Hamnet” (2020) [an imaginative reconstruction of the life of Shakespeare’s only son by a prize-winning Ulster author]  NOVEMBER 30