READING BUDDIES: A MONSTER CALLS/Patrick Ness (3)

Conor’s dad arrives, and Conor doesn’t really know what to feel. His dad has become so different, and for one, his dad keeps calling him “buddy” or “champ”, and he doesn’t like it. Conor is becoming more and more frustrated with the way things are going, he falls into a fit of rage, destroying his grandma’s clock. The yew tree monster arrives and tells him the second tale, about the parson and the apothecary. Again, Conor feels cheated with the ending of the story. After the monster left, Conor discovers that he has destroyed his grandmother’s sitting room.

To read the first two parts, click here and here.

1. In the monster’s second tale, the parson’s home was destroyed. Do you think it was the right thing for the monster to do, given his explanation?

To be honest? I still do not get the monster’s second tale. That is why I am eager to get to the end of the whole book before I can properly process my thoughts. Ahh, my thoughts are now in shambles.

2. Why do you think people find it easy to give up everything they believe in when times are harder?

It has been said that adversity is the best test of faith. And it is true that during bad times, people get more impatient. Who wants to revel during bad times, anyway? We want for the bad to go away soon, which is why we tend to give up everything we believe in just to change the circumstances for the better.

3. “Belief is the half of all healing. Belief is the cure, belief in the future that awaits.” Do you think Conor had this kind of belief?

I think he wants to. He wants to believe that his mother will get well. But deep inside, in his heart of hearts, the truth he so strongly denies, Conor knows that his mother will die.

4. Why do you think his Grandmother reacted that way to Conor’s actions? What about his dad?

Ah, but I sort of expected grandma’s reaction. Conor’s grandma is also hiding behind the facade of strength. It was an opportunity for her to express her rage at the situation of her daughter.

As to Conor’s dad, well, I don’t like him. He seems overly eager to please Conor, which is expected of a father who has his own family already in a far away land. And his reaction is no surprise at all.

Of course, I know I might change my mind by the time I reach the end of the story.

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