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People of the Book: Discussion Question #5

One Book - One LincolnpeopleofthebookDiscussion Question #5: Several of the novel’s female characters lived in the prefeminist era and certainly fared poorly at the hands of men. Does the fact that she was pushing for gender equality  — not to mention saving lives — justify Sarah Heath’s poor parenting skills? Would women’s rights be where there are today if it weren’t for women like her?

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People of the Book: Discussion Question #4

One Book - One LincolnpeopleofthebookDiscussion Question #4: What was it, ultimately, that made Father Vistorini approve the haggadah? Since Brooks leaves this part of the story unclear, how do you imagine it made its way from his rooms to Sarajevo?

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People of the Book: Discussion Question #3

One Book - One LincolnpeopleofthebookDiscussion Question #3: When Father Vistorini asks Rabbi Judah Ayreh to warn the printer that the Church disapproves of one of their recently published texts, Ayreh tells him, “Better you do it than to have us so intellectually enslaved that we do it for you” (pg. 156 paperback ed.) Do you agree or disagree with his argument? With the way he handled Vistorini’s request?

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People of the Book: Discussion Question #2

One Book - One LincolnpeopleofthebookDiscussion Question #2: Isak tells Mordechai, “At least the pigeon does no harm. The hawk lives at the expense of the other creatures that dwell in the desert” (p. 50 paperback edition). If you were Lola, would you have left the safety of your known life and gone to Palestine? Is it better to lives as a pigeon or a hawk? Is there an alternative?

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People of the Book: Discussion Question #1

One Book - One LincolnpeopleofthebookGreetings, fellow One Book fans! Over the course of the next several weeks, we’re going to post discussion questions about Geraldine Brooks’ People of the Book, from the official discussion guide, both here and on the One Book Facebook page. Join us at either online location to post your responses to any or all of the questions as a reply comment.

Discussion Question #1: When Hanna implores Ozren to solicit a second opinion on Alia’s condition, he becomes angry and tells her, “Not every story has a happy ending” (p. 37 – paperback edition). To what extent do you believe that their perspectives on tragedy and death are cultural? To what extent are they personal?