The Word On The Street’s Book Club discussion of The Road to Atlantis continues!
This week, book club leader Jenn has questions based on pages 100 – 138. Feel free to use these as a jumping-off point for any other thoughts or questions you may have too.
Welcome to week #3 of discussion for The Road to Atlantis by Leo Brent Robillard! We are over halfway through the book now, and I hope you are pacing yourself for the end! This week we will be looking at pages 100 to 138 (the chapter entitled “The House on Water Street”).
Again, please feel free to ask questions and to discuss each other’s responses, keeping in mind a culture of respect for everyone’s opinions and beliefs.
We’ve jumped ahead ten years now, and the characters we have grown to know in the previous pages have had some pretty significant changes in their lives. David is now working at the Dairy as a counter clerk, Anne is now with Danny but working for another cabinet minister, and Matty finally comes into his own as a character.
- “He fell in love with the trains, the stations, and the tiny worlds people created. It all seemed so safe and contained and self-sufficient.” David has, we learn, lost touch with his family and his previous life over course of the ten years. How then does his foray into the world of modern trains demonstrate his new reality? What do you think his new relationship with trains and need for control – previously a trait most demonstrated by Anne – says about him and about his personality?
- This is the chapter where Matty becomes known to us – what surprised you most/least about his development? What is your feeling about his relationship with Ashley – an older, more confident female? Is she a substitute for the relationship he might have had with his sister?
- Anne and David seem to have changed roles in this chapter, with Anne being the person on the edge and close to snapping. After ‘moving on’ with her life, why do you think she still feels the need to self-medicate through drugs, exercise and diet? What does her reaction to Matty’s announcement at the end of the chapter tell us about her?