Welcome to The Word On The Street Book Club!
We’ve selected four great Canadian reads by authors appearing at the 2015 festival as part of our second summer book club. We’ll be discussing the books each week for the next month, and on September 27th, everyone will have the chance to meet the authors in person at Harbourfront Centre.
Share your views in the comments of the blog, using the questions posed by our book club leaders as a jumping-off point for any other thoughts or questions you may have.
The Man Who Saved Henry Morgan
Book Club Leader: Karen Ma
Blog: One More Page
Karen Ma has been a bookworm her whole life and can often be found reading and walking at the same time. Her love of books inspired her to create her blog, One More Page, which has been featured on CBC Books’ “Canadian Blogs” section. When she’s not reading, Karen can be found playing board games, watching TV, and looking at cute animal pictures online.
Take it away, Karen!
Hi everyone! I’m so excited to discuss The Man Who Saved Henry Morgan with you all. As I mentioned in my bio, I’m a huge board game lover, so I’m really enjoying reading about a main character with such a strong connection to chess!
We will be discussing the book in 4 parts, so here’s the chapter breakdown:
Part 1 – Ch 1-9 (pg. 74)
Part 2 – Ch 9-15 (pg. 153)
Part 3 – Ch 15-24 (pg. 242)
Part 4 – Ch 24 – End
On to my questions…
- What were your first impressions of Benny Wand, our narrator and main character?
- As a professional chess player, Wand seems to always be calculating his next move. But in the tale that he tells his fellow privateers (pg. 38), he gets angry and we see a more impulsive side to him. Do you think he was justified in doing what he did to the man in Devon? Do you think Benny is malicious, or is he just looking out for himself?
- In this part, we’re introduced to Henry Morgan and see his first expedition play out. What are your first impressions of him? Do you think he’s a good leader? Why or why not?
Feel free to bring up your questions in the comments as well!