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Adam the Kingby Jeffrey Lewis
Reading Group Guide
1. The author has suggested that Adam the King is a tragedy in novel form. What aspects of classical tragedy are present in the form and story of the book?
2. To what extent does Adam the King suggest the zeigeist of the 90's, the Clinton years?
3. Should Adam have married Maisie?
4. Should Maisie have married Adam?
5. What does the chorus of village people add to the book?
6. People's relationship to land seems to be an important theme of the book. What does the land find out about each of the main characters?
7. Adam as end-of-the-century assimilated Jew. Is it key to the book, or only incidental?
8. Adam, despite his money, despite his guilty past, aspires to "normality." Is there anything "normal" about this? Is "normality" feasible for a man like him? Does "normality" mean anything, finally, or is it simply a telling of Adam's dream?
9. How would you describe the feelings that Verna and Roy have for each other?
10. What does her daddy's boat mean to Verna? To Roy? To each about the other? To Adam Bloch?
11. Is the book too hard on any of its characters?
12. Adam the King is the culmination of Jeffrey Lewis's Meritocracy Quartet. If you have read the other books, does it seem a fitting conclusion? If you have not, do you feel you've missed anything?
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