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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?

Product Details

ISBN:
9781590512845
Author:
Lewis, Jeffrey
Publisher:
Other Press
Subject:
Weddings
Subject:
Life change events
Subject:
General
Subject:
Maine
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20080520
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.7 x 5.7 x .8 in .8 lb

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Product details 224 pages Other Press - English 9781590512845 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Lewis's gripping fourth novel (after Theme Song for an Old Show) traces one man's heroic but flawed attempt to make good of past mistakes. In the summer town of Clement Cove, Maine, billionaire Adam Bloch, now in his 50s, returns to build an outsized mansion with his new wife, Maisie Maclaren, a prominent local family's divorced daughter. Bloch still smolders from the shame of having been involved decades ago in the car accident that killed Maisie's sister, Sascha — an event not forgotten or quite forgiven by the locals, among whom is the narrator, an interested observer. While Bloch adores Maisie and hopes his new marriage will provide 'the antidote to tragedy,' Maisie's feelings for Bloch seem lukewarm, and her desire for a pool at the mansion pits them against longtime resident Verna Hubbard, who doesn't want to sell her adjoining spit of land and trailer to Bloch. Lewis juxtaposes the opinions of the locals at the general store as a kind of Greek chorus while the struggle between rich and poor plays out. The narrative is tense, and Lewis's well-meaning, blinkered hero is a marvelous creation." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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