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No One Cares about Crazy People
Jake, as our main character, is described as a good, decent man but he's
also willing to commit murder and uses his foreknowledge of sports to cheat
at gambling. Does this make him a bad guy or did it change your opinion of
him in any way?
How important is the Yellow Card Man? What does he symbolize?
Why do you think it was important that every trip back was the first time?
Do you think Jake would have gone back knowing that he couldn't change it
back if the future came out wrong?
Jake and Al encounter resistance to changing the past. Jake believes that
the more history is changed, the harder it is to make the change. Do you
agree with Jake? Why do you think there would be resistance anyway?
The first time that Jake goes back to save the Dunnings, he prevents Harry
from being injured but he ends up dying in the Vietnam War. Obviously,
neither is a good option, but which do you think was the better future?
Why do you think that Jake and Al, after changing the past, can still
remember the original future? For example, after Jake saves Harry the first
time, both he and Al remember Harry as the janitor even though that future
no longer exists.
Do you agree with Jake that Al committed suicide because he knew that Jake
would have second thoughts?
Do you think that Jake and Sadie's story could have or should have ended
In the afterword, Stephen King tells us that his son came up with the book's
new and better ending. You can read the original ending on his site here.
Which ending do you prefer?
I think that you could sum up the theme of the book as "The road to Hell is
paved with good intentions." Although Jake and Al go back in time to save
President Kennedy and, therefore, make the world better, it doesn't end up
actually making the world better. Do you think that you could ever go back
in time and "make things right" or would it always have unintended harm as
· Fantasy time! If you could go back and change one event in history, what would it be? How do you think changing that event would affect the future?
Posted by Caroline Library Virtual Book Club at 11/17/2012 01:11:00 PM