read - Fates and Furies - My French TwistWhy is Lancelot connected with the "Fate" chapter? How would you describe his personality—do you consider him passive, optimistic unreasonably so? Is he humble or, maybe, egotistical? Follow-up to Question 1 : We're told that his parents and aunt, early on, believed Lotto was destined for greatness: "It was taken for granted by this trio of adults that Lotto was special. What effect does any such expectation have on anyone's life? What about Mathilde?
Review: Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
Fates and Furies Reader’s Guide
Sign up for our newsletters! I received my copy last week and since then I've seen copies on the subway, in coffeehouses and even in a few restaurants. The novel begins as a very straightforward tale of a failed actor and evolves into a sort of dark fairytale full of entwined narratives and segments that read like plays. With book in hand, I arrived at BookCourt Wednesday evening, just as readers were mingling and enjoying the complimentary drinks and snacks. On top sits a tangled ball of caramelized spun sugar threads a nod to the Furies and the Fates. The cake rests on a hand-thrown Ocean platter by artist Helen Levi. As Lauren took the stage, her dynamic personality immediately captured the audience.
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Fates and Furies is told in halves. Why do you think the author chose to narrate the story this way? How did the split storytelling affect your reading of the book? I believe this format definitely symbolizes the different perspectives each mate brings to a marriage. I did feel that the first half of the book went much more slowly than the second. There were times near the end when I had to stomp on the brakes and re-read some parts to make sure I was following it correctly.
Fates and Furies is told in halves. Why do you think the author chose to narrate the story this way? How did the split storytelling affect your reading of the book? Do you think she should have told Lotto the truth? Think about whether this lie was truly for the best; could they have been happy if Mathilde had told him everything? Why do you think she kept this information to herself? Mathilde has a significant hand in his success, but she is never recognized for it.