The “Inner Senshi Book Club” is an online book club where five book lovers of different backgrounds and tastes across the world take turns at selecting and hosting a book each month. Individually, we are (in alphabetical order): Aimee, Angel, myself (Meghan), Samantha L, and Samantha R. Together, we present you a whole range of books, complete with our responses to a rotating list of set questions. You can find more information on the ISBC at this post.
This month I’ll be hosting the Inner Senshi Book Club, and I have chosen Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood. Atwood is probably my favourite Canadian writer of the adult genre. It is my intention to read everything she has written, and I recently picked up a bunch of her books at a book sale, including Cat’s Eye. I’m excited to read it and find out how everyone sees this bit of classic Canadian literature.
Here are the questions to consider while reading!
Sammy wonders: How do the structural features (such as narrative mode and genre) shape the meaning of the text? If ineffective, how do you think this could be improved?
Sam asks: Did the book meet your expectations, or were you disappointed? Why or why not?
I would like to know: Do you feel the cover reflected the story well? Why or why not?
Angel queries: How well does the writing style serve the story? How does it fail to uphold the narrative?
Aimee’s question is: How well does the setting contribute to the story? (Would a different setting have affected the book significantly?)
Bonus question from yours truly! Discuss some of the ways the protagonist’s identity are revealed to the reader. What role does identity and gender play in this novel?
I hope you’ll join us in reading and discussing!
Stay tuned for my discussion post on Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta later this week!