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TheWann formely known as the Airman in Iraq blog, since I am no longer in Iraq I decided to make this still for family and friends, with a wider stretch of thoughts for anyone else. 

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Friday, October 06, 2006

9:02 AM - Mitch Albom's "For One More Day"

This is my book of the moment. This guy keeps coming out with some of the best material I have read. I am only half way through it and will most likely finish it up tonight, but I jsut had to blog abit about it and give it the prop that this thing needs.
From the books website:

“Every family is a ghost story . . .”

Mitch Albom mesmerized readers around the world with his number one New York Times bestsellers, The Five People You Meet in Heaven and Tuesdays with Morrie. Now he returns with a beautiful, haunting novel about the family we love and the chances we miss.

For One More Day is the story of a mother and a son, and a relationship that covers a lifetime and beyond. It explores the question: What would you do if you could spend one more day with a lost loved one?

As a child, Charley “Chick” Benetto was told by his father, “You can be a mama’s boy or a daddy’s boy, but you can’t be both.” So he chooses his father, only to see the man disappear when Charley is on the verge of adolescence.

Decades later, Charley is a broken man. His life has been crumbled by alcohol and regret. He loses his job. He leaves his family. He hits bottom after discovering his only daughter has shut him out of her wedding. And he decides to take his own life.

He makes a midnight ride to his small hometown, with plans to do himself in. But upon failing even to do that, he staggers back to his old house, only to make an astonishing discovery. His mother -- who died eight years earlier -- is still living there, and welcomes him home as if nothing ever happened.


And a conversation companion that I found at starucks but couldn't locate on-line:

1. In the first Paragraph of the novel, and repeated several times throughout the book, is the line "every family is a ghost story." What do you think that means? Who is the real ghost in the Benetto family?


2. Which scene resonated with you the most, and why?


3. How does the true identity of the narrator effect your view of chick's story?


4. Is there someone in your own life with whom you'd like to spend one more day?


5. Why do you think Chick tried to commit suicide? Was it for the reasonshe statee or was there somethign else behind it?


6. On page 4, Chick says "Mothers support certain illusions about their children." What did he mean by that statement? What about fathers?


7. Consider the passage on page 6 in which Chick talks about missing his daughter's wedding. Given the identity of the book's narrator, what do you thinkis happenign here? Is it manipulation, guilt, pride or something else entirely?


8. In the novel, Chick's father tells him that you can either be a mama's boy or a daddy's boy, but not both. Do you agree?


9. Chick believe's strongly in the power of words: "divorcee" (page 67), "Mom" (page 49), "She died" (page 172). What makes these words so powerful? Is it the context of the story or are they just as powerful in your life, too?


10. Throughout the novel, Chick outlines various times when he failed to stand up for his mother and was often quite cold to her. Is there a special cruelty that children inflict on their parents? Is Chick cruel to other characters?


11. Novels about mother mother-son relationships are relatively rare. Can you think of any others you've read and enjoyed? How did their portrayals compare to For One More Day?


12. Discuss the significance of the Old Timers' Game--its timing, Chick's deception, his father;s involvement. How is it a turning point?


13. Chick learns a shocking secret about his father's life on page 181. How does it change his understanding of his parents' relationship? How does it change your understanding of Posey, Leonard and Chick as characters?




I like getting with friends and discussing a good book and if any of you are like that then maybe that little guide above will help stir a good talk. If you haven't got this thing yet its a must own, along with his other books!

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Blogger HuianaSukari said...

Hi. found you. looking to make sure you were okay and stuff. write me, if and when you get a chance, if you still have my addy. Someehow, through a freak of the internet, I posted this on a post you made a year ago. crazy dood.
Kim  


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