The Road to Atlantis – Part 4 (pages 138 – end)

The Road to AtlantisSummer is coming to an end, and so is The Word On The Street’s Book Club discussion of  The Road to Atlantis!

This week, book club leader Jenn has a few last questions based on page 138 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!

Leo Brent Robillard reads at the Vibrant Voices of Ontario Tent at 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM on Sunday, September 27th.

Welcome to our last week of discussion for The Road to Atlantis by Leo Brent Robillard! Thank you so much for being a part of this book club journey, whether you were a reader or a commenter or even just a lurker who was interested in learning more about the book. I hope you have enjoyed the novel, and that the questions helped you to think about the book a little more.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Parenting is a significant part of the last section of this book David has come full circle in that his own father has reappeared into his life, and David, Larry and Matty have to figure out their new roles with each other. Meanwhile, Anne has withdrawn from parenting Matty and her own relationship, while Kim has removed herself completely. How has parenthood changed for David and Anne? Have your feelings towards each of them changed over the course of the book?
  1. Matty’s destruction of the train set is a pivotal moment in his relationship with his father. Why do you think David hid this from his son for all those years? How does this connect with Larry’s memory of ‘driving’ with Davy so many years below? What point does Matty make by destroying it?
  1. Brooke’s arrival marks something special for everyone. Why do you think everyone wants to connect with her in the way that they do? What role does she play in their lives? Going forward, how do you anticipate their lives will work out?

One thought on “The Road to Atlantis – Part 4 (pages 138 – end)

  1. In terms of how my feelings towards the parents changed, I stayed pretty even with David but how I felt about Anne was definitely a big shift. At first I didn’t really like her all that much. For whatever reason she irked me. By the very end, when she steps in to take responsibility and starts helping Matty and the rest of her family, I feel that I can sympathize with her and feel a warmness toward the woman. She is finally starting to heal herself for real. Prior to the birth, however, it was starting to seem like parenting wasn’t totally on their radar. Sure, Matty was almost an ‘adult’ but he was in a spot where he needed the advice and insights of his parents and they seemed to be doing the bare minimum to keep things ‘together’. As for the train set, I think David kept it from Matty all those years because it was his escape and coping mechanism, something that was all his own. As for Matty destroying it, I think that was his way of breaking down the barrier between them and erasing some of the resentment between the two so that they can start to repair their relationship and remain in each other’s life. I think Brook is a catalyst in all of this. Her birth (and subsequent abandonment) is like the building of a bridge between the various generations. They all band together to make sure she is taken care of and gets everything that she needs in spite of the fact that she was left at the hospital by her mother. I think that they’ll all, inevitably, still have issues and things they need to work through but I believe that Brooke can be the glue that holds them all together in the end. I think that she’s a second chance for the entire family (in different ways) after the loss of Nat.

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