In the Books Section:
Discussed December 1999
By Geoff Ryman
- As is the case with several books this group has discussed previously, Was is told in a non-linear fashion with several viewpoint characters and with a non-chronological chapter order. Even within chapters, there are a number of flashbacks. How successful is the author in using these techniques?
- An important theme of the Wizard of Oz movie is "There's no place like home." Do Dorothy, Judy, or Jonathan ever feel at home?
- What sorts of parallels can be drawn between Dorothy and Judy?
- Does the reader end up believing that Aunty Em and Uncle Henry are evil people?
- Both Was and Wicked are homages to The Wizard of Oz from an adult perspective. What are the similarities and differences between these books?
- The author in the afterword says that all fiction, no matter how realistic, is fantasy. Is Was a fantasy in the more conventional sense?
- Where *did* Jonathan go when he disappeared in the end?
- A list of the 100 best gay novels published in the Advocate included Was. In what ways is Was a gay novel?
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