ICE Breakers

CHRISTMAS DAYS

Book Of The MOMENT

Which was your favourite story and why?

Winterson does refer to her past, in particular her father and Mrs Winterson.  Do you think these stories have helped her to reflect and forgive?

What unique family traditions and recipes do you share at Christmas time?

Having read this book, do you think you will allow you and your family more time to stop and reflect at Christmas?

WINTER

MISSED OPPORTUNITY

Do you think it important to have read Autumn? How are they similar?

What was the purpose of the surreal disembodied head in the first chapter and how does this evolve in the novel? 

Did you enjoy Ali’s Smith’s literary references to A Christmas Carol and Cymberline?

Did your group feel this was a political novel and did Ali Smith succeed in convincing you about her point of view?  

Dreams are a recurring motif in the novel along with  - what do you think Ali Smith was trying to achieve? 

What do you think is in store for Spring? 

10 MINUTES 38 SECONDS IN THIS STRANGE WORLD

THE WILD CARD

Did you like Leila?  Were you able to understand the choices she made?

How did this book make you feel about the power of friendship?

Turkey today still appears to be a patriarchal society – why do you think women can still be silenced in the modern world and how does this make you feel?

The second half of the book has a very different feel to the first - did you think this transition was successful and which did you enjoy the most and why?

Did the ending move you or did you feel Shafak tied up all the loose ends too quickly and made the story less powerful and believable?

Shafak beautifully captures the minutiae of every day life in Istanbul - would you agree and what are your favourite examples of this?

Elif Shafak feels it is unsafe for her to return to Turkey for fear of arrest - do you think she is a credit to her country and could she have told this story differently?

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