DTG X See Shel Book Club: Imperfectionists Questions

We are determined to make this book club successful, so for all who are following along, here are the questions to keep in mind while you’re reading.

I’ll be reposting them on March 28th to prepare those who are in Chicago and for everyone else to answer in the comments.

I’ll also be sharing comments throughout my read, so hopefully you all don’t mind!

These questions are from my edition of The Imperfectionists. Let me know if I should add anything else.

1. How did you feel when you encountered a protagonist from one chapter in a different key somewhere else? Did these moments ever catch you by surprise?

2. Why do you think Cyrus Ott started his newspaper? Why do you think his family kept it going?

3. Do you think Hardy Benjamin made the right decision by ignoring the theft she uncovered? And which is more important in a relationship: love or honesty?

4. Is there a lesson to be learned in the story of Arthur Gopal’s rise through the ranks?

5. What do you think kept Ruby Zaga in her job all those years? Is her persistence admirable?

6. At one point Herman Cohen muses: “All this has been the most extraordinary surprise; he had expected an unhappy life, yet ended up with the opposite.” What do you think accounts for his happy fate? Is it luck, or something else?

7. Do you think someone like the war correspondent Rich Snyder might gain fame and recognition despite his bad behavior — or because of it? Would you rather be Synder or Winston Cheung?

8. Do you see traits of the characters in people you’ve worked with?

9. How did the Roman setting inform the reading experience of The Imperfectionists? What do you think it would be like to be an expatriate?

10. What do you think the future holds for the newspaper? How has the way you receive news day-to-day changed in the recent years?

UPDATE: Write your answers in the comment area


2 thoughts on “DTG X See Shel Book Club: Imperfectionists Questions

  1. 1. At first it was a little weird when you read about a character in someone else’s POV, but then I got used to it. In the end, I think it was the best part of the book.
    2. If you read the book, you’ll know that Cyrus started the newspaper for the woman he loved. He wanted any excuse to be with her even though she was married.
    I think his family kept it going because they didn’t know his true reason for starting it. They thought they were continuing his passion.
    3. I think Hardy did the wrong thing. She seemed rather naive.
    I think honesty and love are symbiotic.
    4. I think the lesson to learn from Gopal is that sometimes you need to step out of your box to succeed. Don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself and do something new.
    5. I believe Ruby kept her job because she wasn’t problematic, she’s dependable and relatively good at her job.

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