Guest DJ: Junot Diaz

September 6, 2012
Carta en blanco
before 25: readers will put up with a lot of unknown words if they believe in your story


Catching Fire


Join The ‘Morning Edition’ Book Club As We Read ‘Fates And Furies’
September 15, 2015·

Russo was fascinated by the book because of the way it deals with destiny.

ktj2656: Recently read East of Eden (Steinbeck) and was discussing with a friend who wondered if it’s possible to actually be in such an intimate relationship and not see that someone is not who they seem (Adam and Cathy in East of Eden and reference also Gone Girl). It’s a bit frightening, isn’t it, that our closest friends / partners may not be what we perceive?

Tricia: There are so many layers to this book that I think it is the type that will take a few reads to really appreciate it.

Barbara: Intimacy comes from honesty. Real love, and real marriage, is only possible when people truly come clean with their partner on the deepest darkest parts of themselves. The really tragic part of this story isn’t that Lotto and Mathilde had such terribly childhood suffering, but that they as a couple, despite the fact that they truly loved each other, they were never really able to tell each other about their deepest failure and pain.

Douglas:  The idea that it’s very difficult, maybe impossible to truly know another has to be part of your outlook or this seems far fetched. … having been taken away and returned gently with more knowledge and understanding.

1dog5cats: was Mathilde content with the idea that her life couldn’t have been any other way than what it was?

Karla: so many moral questions and got me thinking about the whole question of nature vs. nuture. Would Mathilde’s personality have been different if she had been “forgiven” by those who were supposed to love her when she was only 4 years old? Or was she born into the world as one of the “furies” and the people in her life saw her inner nature right from the get go?

“Mathilde had only ever lied to Lotto in what she never said.”

the mythical gods

Steve: unusual, uncommon vocabulary. Every page or two a word like ‘slattern’, ‘crenellated’, ‘lacrimal’, or ‘chthonic’ reliably shows up.

Samwise: I generally agree with Solomon, “there is nothing new under the sun.”

Rebekah: These weren’t real people with real problems, nor did this describe a real marriage.
tj2656: So, does anyone have a ‘real’ marriage?

The Guardian
Groff has said that she originally wanted to publish Fates and Furies as two separate books.
They are questions about the way a person’s character can be set very early in life; what really determines such things as good fortune;




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