Hi Readers, looking forward to seeing some of you again and meeting others for the first time. Here are some discussion questions for "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" and "The Snows of Kilimanjaro". They are meant to be points of departure and a means of finding the right balance between a freewheeling conversation and a more structured approach.
1. Why does Francis Macomber?s act of cowardice make his wife happy in ?Short Happy Life?? 2. How do the lion and buffalo mirror characters in ?Short Happy Life?? 3. Why does Wilson respond to ?please? from Margot at the end of ?Short Happy Life?? 4. What affect does money have on the two marriages in ?Short Happy Life? and ?Kilimanjaro?? 5. Is Wilson, the hunting guide in ?Short Happy Life?, an ethical man? 6. Of all the possible injuries Hemingway could have inflicted Harry with in ?Kilimanjaro?, why a scratch? 7. How does the leopard on Mount Kilimanjaro contrast Harry?s situation on the plains? 8. Does the sense of loss in Harry?s flashbacks in ?Kilimanjaro? explain his feelings for Helen? 9. When was Harry happiest and most productive in ?Kilimanjaro?? 10. Does Harry deserve a place on the plane, in ?Kilimanjaro??
The Moderns began in 2010 as a book club devoted to reading Hemingway and his peers. We've since evolved into a club that chooses books from the Modern Library's list of the 100 best 20th Century English language novels. It's a great list that takes us from Sherwood Anderson to Virginia Woolf and many luminaries in between. Please join us as we discover and reread some of the best works of the modern age.
Every discussion has drawn an interesting group of people from all walks of life and all ages. We choose the books off the list with a poll each month (polls are under the "More" tab). We typically meet the last Sunday of the month at the Ukrainian East Village restaurant.
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