READING BUDDIES: A MONSTER CALLS/Patrick Ness (2)

Part 2: From The Wildness of Stories to Champ

This is the second part in a series of five where, together with reading buddies, I will answer some questions (prepared by Tina) about this awesome book by Patrick Ness. If you haven’t read the book yet, please be warned that the discussions might be spoilers, so proceed at your own risk. 🙂 To read the first part, click here.

The yew tree monster visited Conor again and told the first tale of when he (the monster) walked before. It was a story about a prince and a queen, and at first Conor thought it was just an ordinary fairy tale with a predictable ending. But he was wrong. He awakens, clearly remembering how frustrated he was with the monster’s story and then his grandma told him his father is coming from America to visit him.

1. Who is the hero in the monster’s first tale? Who is the villain? How does the story keep surprising Conor? What does Conor hope to learn from the story? What does he actually learn?

What I love about the monster’s first tale is that there is no definite hero and no definite villain. Each of the character can be both a hero and a villain, depending on how one views the circumstances. Even the storyteller, the monster, is both a hero and a villain.

Conor is surprised with the twists and turns of the monster’s tale because the story is not the usual fairy tale which is predictable and the main character is always good while the antagonist is the really, really bad.

Conor hopes that the monster’s story will show him how to solve his problem with his grandma. However, by the end of the first tale, he discovered that the story seems to be senseless and does not in any manner help him in his troubles.

2. While the monster was finishing the story, Conor asked him, “So how is that supposed to save me from her?” The monster replied, “It is not her you need saving from.” If it wasn’t Conor’s grandma, then who do you think the monster means?

Since I haven’t read the entire story yet, at this time I am only speculating. The monster means that the story is supposed to save Conor from himself – from his fears and the anger he felt towards the situation he is in.

3. Describe Conor’s relationship with his dad. Do you think it would have been easier for him to go through this if his parents weren’t divorced?

Yes, I think that the divorce of Conor’s parents was the start of all of Conor’s problems, and since then it seemed that his world became worse.

For my buddies’ answers, please click the links below:

1. Monique

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