The Man Who Saved Henry Morgan – Part 4 (pages 242 – end)

The Man Who Saved Henry Morgan CoverSummer is coming to an end, and so is The Word On The Street’s Book Club discussion of The Man Who Saved Henry Morgan!

This week, book club leader Karen has a few last questions based on page 242 to the end of the book. Feel free to use these as a jumping-off point for any other thoughts or questions you may have too.

Thanks to all who’ve read along and shared their thoughts on the book!

Robert Hough reads at the Vibrant Voices of Ontario Tent at 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM on Sunday, September 27th.


Wow! What an end to an exciting and intriguing book. I have to admit that I spent the whole time wondering when and how Benny would save Henry Morgan as the title suggested, and it was satisfying to finally find out the answers. Now, on to the last set of questions!

  1. One of my favourite relationships to read about was Benny and Taylor’s. Benny’s demonstrated great loyalty to Taylor throughout the book, so it was incredibly chilling for me to read that he knew he’d never see Taylor again when he set out board the boat to Eleuthera (pg.290). Do you think he had a suspicion about the ship captain’s motive, or was he simply sad to think that Taylor was leaving Jamaica?
  1. What did you think of the shocking ending? Did you see it coming? (I sure didn’t!)
  1. What were your final impressions of Henry Morgan? Is he a coward, or was his hand forced?

Thank you so much again for joining me on this journey and contributing to the book club discussions! I’ve enjoyed it so much. If you want to keep in touch, please feel free to visit my blog here. I’m also always excited to chat on Twitter and Instagram. Talk to you soon!

Best,
Karen

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2 thoughts on “The Man Who Saved Henry Morgan – Part 4 (pages 242 – end)

  1. Thank you so much for a great summer read, everyone! I love book clubs. This was such a wonderful summer for me — you guys all really added to it! Thanks for everything, Karen! I loved your questions!

    1. I also loved their friendship. Benny doesn’t have a lot of roots or trust. The people that he places his friendship in: Tessie, Taylor, are also transient people with similar hard lives. He feels something here — he’s going from a warm hearted logical swindler, to a true person with emotions. It’s a lot of growth. I think he knew that Taylor would die. I wasn’t surprised, though the premeditation of the sinking stunned me. Benny’s a protector — as long as Taylor was near him, Benny was relieved. Benny’s never contemplated his own future, let alone anyone else’s. He’s probably used to out of sight, out of mind, and closing himself down emotionally to say goodbye.

    2. I thought there would be a “son must kill the father” idea, but I thought it would happen through chess. I don’t know what I expected — that’s the mark of a good story! I anticipated a show down, but how or why I couldn’t determine.

    3. He was a tragic figure, like Macbeth. He was bound by fate and circumstance to do the wrong things for the wrong people. The whole point of his mission was to pillage, to conquer. He’s a killer, with a ruthless instinct. Lovely touches like his surprising acceptance of the Natives give way to them living in his house. Weird colonial stuff there. His mission was never Heavenly — to explore and learn more, but always to take, take, take for the British Empire. It definitely exposed me to the ugliness of colonization — even with the most pure of intentions, it’s still about overcoming. Captain Morgan seemed to have higher goals for himself — to explore, to learn new things. But he was, ultimately, a pawn in someone else’s game.

  2. Sorry I missed the last few discussions. I didn’t foresee the twist at the end of the book and that Captain Morgan was manipulating Benny the whole time. I felt bad for Benny because he really believed his honourable man saw something special in him. For this reason, I was pleased about Benny’s payback and that he was able to move on with his life afterwards. A very entertaining book!

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