fugitive pieces


We met for Book Club last night and discussed Fugitive Pieces. Some of us hated it, some of us loved it (me) but all of us agreed that there was so much to say, and so much heaviness we harbored after reading it. Almost inexpressibly, you finished reading and felt a sag in your heart, because it was poetically so much.

We discussed the women in the story. Do such women exist? And if so, does such a man exist that counts his wife or lover as his savior? I suggested that we piece together the things in life that mean something, which makes up this story. We have everyday things like brushing our teeth and taking out the trash and falling asleep and we don't write about these things because they don't matter. The women then - may have been personified as a savior because the narrator chose the pieces that mattered to him, making her that. I confessed that I wished that a man would write about me with that same passion. When I asked Kevin if he would ever write about me, he shrugged and said, "Maybe in my journal." That is not what I meant. :)

We discussed the poetry. Did it work? Ingrid mentioned stars like peppermints and how it was so unrealistic. Too much. "Purple Prose" she called it - the entire work was "Purple Prose." It's nice to have someone as smart as she is around.

We discussed the themes - so many. Death, Permanence, Geology, Love, Fear, Humanity. How the Holocaust can seem like a theme that is discussed so heavily in literature. We all agreed that learning about the Holocaust from a secondary point of view was refreshing.

Brittany mentioned the fact that the author was a poet. You can tell when you read it. It is so much poetry! I would recommend reading it in pieces, like I suggest here to really understand and relate to it.

And finally, some of our favorite parts (that I remember)

Emma“Love makes you see a place differently, just as you hold differently an object that belongs to someone you love. If you know one landscape well, you will look at all other landscapes differently. And if you learn to love one place, sometimes you can also learn to love another.” 

Hillary“I see that I must give what I most need.” 

Mine: "a dissonance — like griefwhose pain is love"

Ingrid's: ''She imagines the stars as peppermints and holds them in her mouth until they dissolve" (Just kidding :)

Our next book is Gabriel García Márquez's Memories of my Melancholy Whores.

Thanks for those of you who came. I love you girls.


IngridLola said...

Haha! Those stupid peppermint stars. I had such a great time last night!! I think the group was a great size, it seems like everyone did a good amount of talking. I am extremely excited about Melancholy Whores ... I think it will be a great discussions! :)

vintch said...

oh this sounds like such a good read. i might have to pick it up!

and your june pick? such a fabulous book. can't go wrong with marquez.

Brittany said...

Last night was so great--I love discussing literature again. I've been thinking about this book and everyone's opinions so much since last night, and I've even come up with new thoughts of my own.

I think the key in reading FP is knowing that these are Jacob's words about himself and his own life. In his mind, Mykala was his savior. In his mind, Alex dangled her leftist ideas like high heels. Even though we may think the words are over-wrought, he thought it, so it's real. Like you said, poets think differently--I learned that from both Anne Michaels and Jacob.

Thanks again for hosting. I had such a wonderful time!

IngridLola said...

I like that idea, Brittany. Also in my first comment I meant discussion, not discussions. Oops!

emilymcb said...

My favorite quote: "Important lessons: look carefully; record what you see. Find a way to make beauty necessary; find a way to make necessity beautiful."

Christine-Chioma said...

Sounds like a good time!

Hilly said...

The discussions with this group are always great and I'm glad I was invited. Did you all know they made a movie of Fugitive Pieces?

stephanie said...

Wish I could have been there! I'll have to check this out. Also, I just read "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison and LOVED it. Definitly something to consider for your book group! xo