Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Storing Their Sorrows

Truth and Consequences    

Today, since most of you are probably still in the middle of our March book selection, Light Between Oceans, by M.L. Stedman, I would just like to pose a question or two.  In the book, several major characters have made  decisions with terrible ramifications, and some have just suffered unbelievable hardships.  What is the significnce of their reactions?  Septimus has truly worked his way from nothing to the wealthiest man in town, but after his beloved wife was bitten by a snake and died, and his daughter has her family ripped away from her,  he says "Well, you just had to count your blessings and be thankful things weren't worse". Tom, after his own part in a very bad decsion, tries to make amends and poor Hannah, simply seems to go mad.  What do you think causes the different reactions? Are there any lessons here? Are the characters drawn so that their reaction is a rational result of their lives?
Sign Up Here if you would like to join this conversation in our Community Room on March 12th at 6:30pm.  We have a very few spaces left.
Since you are all readers, and book buyers, I will leave you with a quote from an anonymous author, that ran in an article in Forbes Magazine about the publishng business, entitled Bestsellers, Worst Ethics.  "To ensure a spot on the The Wall Street Journal's bestseller list, I needed to obtain commitments from my clients for a minimum of 3000 books at about $23.50, a total of about $70,500.00.  I would need to multiply these numbers by a factor of about three to hit the New York Times list".  Something to think about the next time you read a  book and wonder how in the world it got on the bestseller list!
Happy Reading. 

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful writer....
    Each character's psychological reaction to what is happening seem so realistic, especially for the time and place it's set in. I think Stedman must have done a lot of research, or else she's very good at knowing the human psyche. I don't want this book to end.