Today we’re going to finish the discussion of A Land More Kind Than Home. We’ve seen the death of both Chambliss and Ben in that startling scene at the Hall place. Julie and Chambliss were set to run off, but Julie decided that she wanted to retrieve her belongings (no mention of taking Jess with her.) Ben greets them on the porch with a shotgun and blows Chambliss away. Having had a modicum of sense, Julie has called and requested the police to be present, but Clem arrives too late to save Chambliss. Clem does try to get Ben to put down his weapon. Ben too angry to hear reason is shot and killed. Julie injured by the shotgun blast that Ben sent into the car recovers and runs off.
We need to talk about Julie! A few chapters ago Adelaide Lyle tried to explain why Julie is so fervent in her beliefs. Should her behavior be forgiven because of her religious beliefs? Do you believe that her motives for bringing Stump to that service were pure? Why doesn’t she consider taking Jess with her? How could she leave him behind? What do you think were the motives of Pastor Chambliss?
Julie knew that there was going to be trouble. What motivated her to go back to the house? Was what happened inevitable?
Julie, Jess and Adelaide knew things about what had gone on that might have prevented the deaths of Stump, Ben and Chambliss, yet all three have survived. There was plenty of blame to go around, but do you think that justice was served? Did you get a sense that any of them took a lesson from the mistakes that were made?
After the death of Chambliss Addie claimed, “But in the Old Testament, when God’s chosen people called out, “Save us, Lord!” He heard them, and they were saved. He was there for them because they believed.” Do you think any of the characters in the novel were saved?
Clem and Jimmy were each instrumental in the deaths of each others son. Why do you think Wiley Cash wrote the events this way? Was it just poetic justice?
I’ve finished with the book and my portion of the discussion. I hope that you enjoyed the novel and the discussion. Even after reading it for a second time I still enjoyed it. I found aspects that I could reflect upon that I missed the first time. Please comment below if you would like to share your thoughts on the book.
While we might be finished with A Land More Kind Than Home the discussion continues. I’ll be back to announce our next selection and other book related topics.