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Topic: *February RAL Discussion: Chapters 22-29

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Subject: *February RAL Discussion: Chapters 22-29
Date Posted: 1/27/2013 10:34 AM ET
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Discuss!

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Date Posted: 1/29/2013 3:33 PM ET
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So sad for Lavinia. Baby Campbell has died. She's been sent to live with a family in Wilmington, away from the only family she's ever known - the slaves in the Kitchen House.

What about Marshall? He's been neglected and emotionally abused as a child. Raped over a period of at least a year by his tutor. In a fit of temper, he accidentally killed his sister. He now drinks to excess like his mother. Not sure if he's an alcoholic. Now he's eyeing Lavinia. This isn't going to end well, is it?

Date Posted: 1/29/2013 4:07 PM ET
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No,  it's like watching a Greek tragedy unfold.

Date Posted: 1/30/2013 10:32 AM ET
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After I recommended it to a friend, she called me several times while reading it, asking, "does anything good happen in this book?"

Date Posted: 1/30/2013 11:21 AM ET
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Deb, did she end up enjoying the book by the time she was finished with it? ~kelly

 

Date Posted: 2/4/2013 10:16 AM ET
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Deb - Yeah, does anything good happen in this book?  LOL! 

Genie - Yeah, poor Marshall.  He's just had one bad turn after the other. I think it's good that Lavinia was taken to live with the Maddens.  They are kind to her, and of course she is being given an education, instruction in social skills and will have more opportunities than had she stayed on the plantation.  However, she is going to have to make good choices, and hopefully other factors don't conspire against her.  However, with this book, I think we expect that not all is going to be rosy from here on out for Lavinia

 

Date Posted: 2/4/2013 10:34 AM ET
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That's an understatement Shelley.

Date Posted: 2/4/2013 11:45 AM ET
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Cheryl - Joy.  Not.  LOL!  Why are we reading such a depressing book? 

Since the April RAL book has already been chosen, I say we pick a book that is nothing but sunshine and happiness for the June RAL! 

Date Posted: 2/4/2013 12:06 PM ET
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Because it's a good book even though it's a tough read!  I can't wait to talk about 'da Range in April.wink

Date Posted: 2/4/2013 6:16 PM ET
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It is a good book, but I'd really like to go a few rounds with Marshall, and maybe shake Lavinia from time to time. :-)
Date Posted: 2/4/2013 7:08 PM ET
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Yup, me too

Date Posted: 2/6/2013 9:24 AM ET
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Rankin more than Marshall.  At least that tutor got his just desserts.

Date Posted: 2/7/2013 8:52 AM ET
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So, what do you guys think of the relationship between the dance teacher and the fiddle player?  They are lovers, perhaps?  I like the comedic element they add, but what do you tink the author's purpose was in including these two characters? Not that they serve a huge role in the book, but I'm sure they and their relationship were included for a reason.

Date Posted: 2/7/2013 10:24 AM ET
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Unhappy lovers, perhaps. With the audiobook, I was at first confused and thought the dance teacher was Marshall's tutor. So I initially thought it was more evidence that he was gay. Now that I know this was a separate character, I'm not sure what value this added to the story.
Date Posted: 2/7/2013 10:48 AM ET
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Maybe some comedic relief?  Though they do appear later on as well.

Date Posted: 2/7/2013 6:53 PM ET
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Yeah, Cheryl, that sounds right as the story really did need some comic relief.
Date Posted: 2/7/2013 7:36 PM ET
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