This month's book club selection is Aminatta Forna's The Memory of Love. We'll be discussing this book for the rest of the month so if you haven't read it yet, why not join us? Remember, discussions are open to participants and non-participants alike and you can read our book club selections on any format.
- What are your overall thoughts on the book? Did it disappoint or live up to your expectations?
- While reading The Memory of Love, I realized that I've never read a book set in Sierra Leone before. Have you ever read a book set in this country before?
- What do you think of Elias and his story?
- Why is Elias so obsessed with Saffia?
- How was Forna's writing? There was some very beautiful passages in the book, such as: "Out in the street I pushed my hand deep into my pocket, closing my fingers around the warmth of her touch, like an object I was afraid of losing. For a long time as I walked I wondered what it might be like to feel that touch, every day, whenever you felt the need. On an arm, on the back of your neck, on your cheek. A kiss. An embrace" (p. 60). Were there any passages or points in the book that stood out?
- What did you think of the structure of the book and the changing points of view? In your opinion, did it work?
- "But the hope has to be real - Atilla's warning to Adrian. I fall down. I get up. Westerns Adrian has met despise the fatalism. But perhaps it is the way people have found to survive" (p. 320). What do you think of this hypothesis? Do you believe, as is suggested, that the population as a whole is suffering from PTSD? Is that everyone's secret?
I can't wait to read everyone's thoughts on the book! If you're joining the discussion, it's probably best to subscribe to the comments so you don't miss anything.
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