Readers seek answers at ‘Tale’ discussion

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
By Ben Beagle,

More than a dozen readers, including two men who came with their wives, attended Monday night’s “A Tale for Three Counties” book discussion at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia.

The discussion centered on Yannick Murphy’s novel “The Call,” which tells a story about a small-town veterinarian and his family as they struggle to cope with the serious injuries their oldest son sustained in a hunting accident.

The participation of the men was notable, said Richmond librarian Leslie DeLooze, because “too often book discussion groups are a female-only event!”

As for the discussion, DeLooze reports:

“There was much discussion on the format of the novel, with readers disagreeing on whether they liked the journal-style. A couple had not read books using this or other alternative formats before, and they were uncomfortable with that. One comment came from someone who felt that you really got to see the vet’s innermost thoughts, and that the point of view was completely his own.

“Another reader felt that the author chose to focus on the vet, because in his position, he was able to travel all around the community and meet with the people there, talk with them, and also look at them wondering whether they had been the hunter who shot his son. Conversation continued on this topic and included the idea that while the vet treated animals, he also was very close to the people in his community and actually treated them, too, through their animals. This was very similar to what veterinarian Dr. Keith Carlson said in his talk at GCC last week.

“What was the meaning of the spaceship? One member of the group said that is what she came for! She wanted to know. The group discussed the symbolism of the spaceship and whether it worked for a character who was grounded in science.

Upcoming Discussions

Five more book discussions, including one this week, are scheduled before author Yannick Murphy visits March 22 to 24 for a series of talks and book signings in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties.

This week’s remaining discussion is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at Gainesville Public Library, 10 Church St., Silver Springs.

Next week’s book discussions will be at Richmond Library and Genesee Community College, 1 College Rd., Batavia. The schedule: Monday, 10:15 a.m. at Genesee Community College ; March 20, 12:30 p.m. at GCC; and March 21, 7:45 a.m. at Richmond Memorial Library, and 11:15 a.m. at GCC.

Discussion Question

How does this book answer the question of what “family” really means? How do you see this family evolving over the course of the novel? Did the spaceman drastically change the family dynamic for you? Why or why not?

Share your thoughts on this or other aspects of the book in the comment section below. You can also discuss the book at Tale’s Facebook page.

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Courtesy of Batavia Newspapers Corportion


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