This Newberry Award winner is one of my favorites, and as such, I've revisited this treasure about 5 times so far in my little life. Admittedly, much of the symbolism and discussion topics aren't as veiled, but I chalk that up to the adolescent literature genre. We had a riveting discussion, and some of our topics included:
- A utopian society founded on all the good governing principals, and even with the best intentions for equality, health, safety, manners, peace, and wholesome work is passive and dystopiac in nature.
- This novel as read through an atonement and Christian lens lends an interesting perspective.
- The ways in which mothers and nurturers are separated as two different roles and the ways each role is valued
- False vs. true emotions, memories, relationships, existence
- Technology vs. simplicity
- The significance of a name