When we put together this read-a-long for The Lies of Locke Lamora so that each of us had sections to write questions for you, little did I know I was getting the section that would rip my heart out. And I’ve read this before.
Little Red Reviewer not only has a great discussion going on this week, but has an excellent graphic as well. (Yes, that is snickering you hear from the peanut gallery here!)
Follow me after the jump for the this week’s questions –
- In the chapter “A Curious Tale for Countess Amberglass” we learn of the tradition of the night tea in Camorr. I found that not so much fantastical as realistic – how about you?
MY TAKE: I found it realistic – and this is one of the reasons I like Lynch’s writing so much. While it is set in a fantastical place, this is a conversation I can see happening anywhere. Plus, Dona Vorchenza is brilliant. Her comment about the things that would make one an (I’m paraphrasing) interfering busybody at forty make the same one a sage at seventy? That’s just awesome – and it’s another reason the book has aged well for me. I didn’t catch that when I first read the book, but it leaped out at me this time and I laughed out loud.
- When Jean meets with what will become the Wicked Sisters for the first time, the meeting is described very much like how people feel when they find their true work or home. Agree? Disagree? Some of both?
MY TAKE: I could just about hear a *click* when Jean ran across the room to throw the hatchet at the woundman, and I had a fantastic time visualizing Don Maranzalla’s face. When a teacher sees a student truly find his or her place, it’s an incredibly satisfying feeling.
- Salt devils. Bug. Jean. The description is intense. Do you find that description a help in visualizing the scene? Do you find yourself wishing the description was occasionally – well – a little less descriptive?
MY TAKE: Oh, ye gods. I’m torn here. I have a very active imagination and a thorough arachnophobia. Put those together and just imagine me hitting the ceiling…seriously. [For reference purposes, when I saw Shelob in the Lord of the Rings movies, I embarrassed myself in the theater. Yikes.] I think I have to leave it at this: the thoroughness of the description left me in absolutely no doubt of the trouble Bug and Jean were in.
- This section has so much action in it, it’s hard to find a place to pause. But…but.. oh, Locke. Oh, Jean. On their return to the House of Perelandro, their world is turned upside down. Did you see it coming?
MY TAKE: I feel like I should have, but I didn’t. I thought – no. Not possibly. Surely not. Bug absolutely broke my heart. I think it’s more that I didn’t *want* to see it coming. If that makes sense.
- Tavrin Callas’s service to the House of Aza Guilla is recalled at an opportune moment, and may have something to do with saving a life or three. Do you believe Chains knew what he set in motion? Why or why not?
MY TAKE: The religious system in the novel fascinates me. I think Chains knew that “his boys” – because that’s how I see them – would need to have as many resources to call on as possible as time went on, although I don’t think he knew why.
- As Locke and Jean prepare for Capa Raza, Dona Vorchenza’s remark that the Thorn of Camorr has never been violent – only greedy and resorting to trickery – comes to mind again. Will this pattern continue?
MY TAKE: Capa Raza, I think, changed the game. I think that the Gentleman Bastards, as a group, have a basic respect for life and decency (as any bastard would define decency – it had to be said!)…after Perelandro, all bets are off.
- Does Locke Lamora or the Thorn of Camorr enter Meraggio’s Countinghouse that day? Is there a difference?
MY TAKE: Oh, it’s the Thorn. Planning and execution have to be flawless at this point, and I think Locke has channeled a part of himself into the persona of the Thorn of Camorr.
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