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

The Man Who Saved Henry Morgan – Part 3 (pages 153 – 242)

The Man Who Saved Henry Morgan CoverThe Word On The Street’s Book Club discussion of The Man Who Saved Henry Morgan continues!

This week, book club leader Karen has questions based on pages 153 – 242.

Coming Up
Part 4 – Ch 24 – End


Hey friends! We’re three quarters done! I hope you’ve been enjoying The Man Who Saved Henry Morgan and our discussions so far; I know I have!

I think this is one of my favourite parts of the book. I really enjoyed reading about Benny and Henry’s developing friendship, and as someone who is pretty competitive, I love Henry’s determination! So, here’s my first question:

1. Do you think Henry Morgan has what it takes to beat Benny in chess? Why or why not?

2. In this section, we not only see Benny’s friendship with Henry develop, we’ve also seen his “relationship” with Tessie grow stronger as well. What do you make of this relationship? Is it just a great companionship, or is there something more to it? (Benny did ask for a kiss on page 189, after all…)

3. Benny suffers from a recurring nightmare where he’s at his grandfather’s wake and finds something shocking in the casket. Why do you think he keeps having this nightmare? What’s the significance of it?

As always, please feel free to add your own comments and questions in the comment section! I know I didn’t get around to talking about the 3rd expedition, but I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Best,
Karen

The Man Who Saved Henry Morgan – Part 2 (pages 74 – 153)

The Man Who Saved Henry Morgan CoverThe Word On The Street’s Book Club discussion of The Man Who Saved Henry Morgan got started last week. Check out the conversation!

This week, book club leader Karen has a few questions based on pages 74 – 153.

Coming Up
Part 3
– Ch 15-24 (pg. 242)
Part 4 – Ch 24 – End


Hi everyone! Thank you so much for your insightful comments this past week! You definitely made me rethink some of my impressions, which is exactly what I love about book clubs. I can’t wait to start discussing part 2!

  1. What was your first reaction after finishing the part? Was there anything that surprised you? I can’t say I saw the outcome of the second expedition coming!
  1. I have to admit that one of my shortcomings as a reader is that I’m often too trusting of the narrator, which is why I loved that some of you weren’t sure whether to trust Wand’s story in the previous part! Do you think Benny is a reliable narrator?
  1. Given how chapter 14 ends, I really want to talk about Captain Morgan. What do you think of him now? I did not see him as a heartless man in part 1, but now I’m starting to doubt him. Do you think everything has been a part of a bigger plan, or did he genuinely enjoy watching the priests suffer?

Please feel free to add your questions in the comments as well!

The Man Who Saved Henry Morgan – Part (pages 1 – 74)

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.


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Robert Hough

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…

  1. What were your first impressions of Benny Wand, our narrator and main character?
  1. 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?
  1. 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!

Join The Word On The Street’s Book Club!

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The Word On The Street’s Book Club is back! 

We’ve selected four great reads for The Word On The Street’s second summer book club.

Chat with other CanLit fans, share your point of view, and get a free Advanced Reading Copy or book by a featured author at the biggest book festival in Canada.

Participation is FREE! Visit our website for more info about the books, and to join the club. We’ll be posting discussion questions right here on The Word On The Street blog in August.

Meet our 2015 Book Club Leaders

We’re excited to have four book-loving bloggers leading the discussions this summer!

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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.

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Book Club Leader: Christine Nguyen
Blog: Padfoots Library

Christine is a 25 year old book blogger who is also a graduate student. She particularly enjoys Japanese contemporary literature and some of her favourite authors are Haruki Murakami and Kazuo Ishiguro. She reads a wide range of books from Adult fiction and non-fiction to YA fiction. She started writing book reviews as a platform to sing her praises for books she really loved and to connect with the online book community.

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Book Club Leader: Jenn Hubbs
Blog: Lost in a Great Book

Born in small town Ontario to a librarian and a high school teacher, Jenn grew up surrounded by books of all genres and a family of readers. A former teacher, she is a public librarian and a selection and events coordinator, working with publishers across North America. As a proud CanLit supporter, Jenn continues to read, review and recommend books to anyone who will listen.

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Book Club Leader: Michele Daniels
Blog: Just a Lil’ Lost

According to her family, Michele started reading when she was 3 – and she hasn’t put a book down since. Her love of reading and the online world inspired her to start her site, Just a Lil’ Lost, where she connects with others and writes about books and pop culture topics. She enjoys books in all genres; from adult and young adult fiction to non-fiction and graphic novels. As the creator of #ParisMonth, an annual blog event that just wrapped its fourth year, she celebrates her obsession with the French city all month long every April. When she doesn’t have a book in hand, Michele can probably be found with a coffee in one, and a macaron in the other.