Bud was pretty bloody at the end... One of the issues raised by the publisher was, "Blood is a prominent symbol in Nightwoods. How does the metaphor of blood affect your interpretation of the story, and how does it shape Bud’s confused worldview?"
Well, all that Blood of Christ symbolism -- which has never been my favorite part of Christianity -- could get twisted in the wrong context.
The part about Luce getting a razor at age 16 made me laugh out loud. Luce says something about how you never know how wise your parents are until you are much older - something so normal to figure out, yet she's talking about how his gift proved so helpful when she thought it was useless at 16.
Bud was definitely twisted.
Yeah it was interesting that Bud thought that churches and an image of Christ
not bathed in blood were somehow weak.
Other than that, there wasn't much of a Christian storyline, unless I missed it. I wonder why the author made blood such a prominent image.
yet, there was also something very human about Bud, and I had to say that the final scenes when blood is pouring out of Bud's hands was a powerful image of atonement, perhaps.
It probably just gave Bud a justification for doing everything he did.
Was anyone else impressed by how well Luce cared for the kids? I was amazed at how much time she took to educate them about the natural world around the lodge. She said she didn't love the kids but she seemed a far better parent than I am! She really devoted herself to them.
I admit the description of all the blood at the end was very effective. I got a little weak-kneed!
It reminded me of the story of Helen Keller. Helping them learn was just trial and error. She never pushed them beyond what they were ready for.
Ooh I love that movie where the teacher pours the water from the pump over Helen's hands. Off topic...
Stubblefield's devotion to the kids was a little harder for me to understand. I wasn't sure what to make of his character. It seemed a little too undeveloped.
But she did really try to help the twins come out of their trauma. Not having made it to the end of the book (I admit) did she succeed? How were the kids at the end?
I think Stubblefield was just trying to be nice to them so he could curry favor with Luce.
Deanna, do you want to tell our (shy) readers about next month's book?
The kids at the end are still a question mark, but it felt like they were moving forward.
For February, we've given in to popular culture and we're going to read "The Hunger Games." With the movie coming out March 23, we will be prepared! My 19-year-old is obsessed with the series, but so are a lot of people of all ages. I admit I read all three of them in about 4 days.
We will plan another live chat, probably on Tuesday, Feb. 28.
I'm trying to post a link to the article we did when we launched our new book club, but can't make a link appear on the RCJ page. Can you tell us more about our inspiration, Alice Gossage?
Can I borrow the book? Just the first one, right? Hope to see more of you here in February.
Yes, Mary. You can borrow my copy. But you'll want to read the other two, as well, and they're on my Kindle.
OK, thanks to everyone for discussing this book! It was a great read I thought. Looking forward to next month!