Magnificent Marvel Supersale
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Interviews | March 9, 2015

    Rhianna Walton: IMG Erik Larson: The Powells.com Interview



    Erik LarsonI've been a fan of Erik Larson's riveting brand of narrative history for years, and his latest book, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania,... Continue »
    1. $19.60 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$1.00
Used Mass Market
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Local Warehouse Literature- A to Z

This title in other editions

The Man Who Ate the 747

by

The Man Who Ate the 747 Cover

 

 

Reading Group Guide

1. The novels first chapter features a couple trying to break the world record for the longest kiss. What does this episode tell us about J.J.s perspective on love? What is the significance of all the world records in the novel?

2. What drives so many people to go to such lengths to appear in J.J.s Book of Records? What keeps J.J. from possessing their ambition, determination, and optimism?

3. Why does Wally go on eating the plane even when it fails to impress Willa? Does he actually crave the grindings, or is this something he simply endures in the name of love?

4. In her newspaper editorial, Willa asks readers to admire Superior for its everyday accomplishments, not for the fact that one resident is eating a 747. Do you consider Superior to be an apt name and setting?

5. Ben Sherwood writes that the plane gives Wally wings. In what way is this true? How does Wally inspire other characters to take flight? What are the different notions of greatness in the novel?

6. What causes Wallys health scares? What does he teach us about devotion and sacrifice? Why was he unable to recognize Roses love at first?

7. Sherwood worked as a television news producer for many years. Do you detect any journalistic influences in his writing, or do you feel the books magical realism reflects the opposite of a reporters perspective?

8. Discuss Willas little brother, who anonymously brings Wally to J.J.s attention and has his own dreams of setting a record. In what way is he the opposite of his sister? In what way is he a reflection of her?

9. J.J. has a startling ability to recall hundreds of statistics and reduce emotional responses to a litany of neurochemistry. Does his penchant for data mirror our society in any way? Why is J.J. best able to rescue his heart in such a rural locale?

10. Whats the craziest thing youve ever done for love or thats been done for you? What world record would you want to break to prove your devotion?

11. Wally appears to have a special bond with the airplane that has been rejected and abandoned just as he has. What else does the 747 symbolize?

12. What are the competing definitions of love in this novel? What defines a great couple? Is J.J. a better match for Willa than Wally?

13. What inspires the residents of Superior to finish off the 747? Have any similar incidents occurred in your community?

14. In the end, J.J. asks for new submissions to The Book of Wonders. What story from your own life would you submit?

15. What does this novel ultimately say about love and extraordinary behavior? Who are the books real heroes?

Product Details

ISBN:
9780553582802
Author:
Sherwood, Ben
Publisher:
Bantam
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Jet planes
Subject:
World records
Subject:
Ingestion.
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series Volume:
no. 02-08-001
Publication Date:
20020129
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
6.89x4.19x.76 in. .30 lbs.

Other books you might like

  1. Civil Disobedience, and Other Essays... Used Trade Paper $1.50
  2. The Thorn Birds
    Used Mass Market $4.50
  3. Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now Used Trade Paper $2.95
  4. High lonesome Used Hardcover $10.95
  5. The Sand-reckoner Sale Trade Paper $8.98
  6. Short Stories by Latin American... Used Trade Paper $8.00

Related Subjects


Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Romance » Contemporary

The Man Who Ate the 747 Used Mass Market
0 stars - 0 reviews
$1.00 In Stock
Product details 272 pages Bantam Books - English 9780553582802 Reviews:
spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.