Re: Who would like to be discussion leader for "The House of the Spirits"?
Hmmm. I suggested House of the Spirits. I have recently led several discussions, and would be very pleased to lead this one too unless some one else wishes to.
I finished reading House of the Spirits last night. I love this book. The theme is how all good people are ultimately one. It is the story of the magical and terrible fate of Chile in the twentieth century. The love stories are so evocative and beautiful that they break your heart and make you fall in love again.
As I mentioned in discussing the review by Christopher Hitchens, the distant thunder of the fascist dictatorship of General Pinochet sits like an inevitable tragic doom across everything, a tolling bell that will send the beautiful dreams to dust. It reminds me of reading tragic histories of Russia - you know what will happen but you cannot believe that people can be so insane and evil.
Always in an intensely magical and political work such as this there is a tension between discussion of the emerging plot and talking about big themes that can only be understood when you get to the end. So the dilemma is how to open a discussion in a way that intrigues people who are not yet finished reading, while helping them to see where some of the clues are heading.