The World We Found by Thrity Umrigar deals with many timely topics, some of which I haven’t covered in our discussions so far. This is a catch-all post to discuss those issues, as well as whatever might be lingering on your mind about the book. Feel free to answer any, or all, of the questions in the comments, or share your own thoughts on things we haven’t talked about.
- Kavita is a lesbian, but has hidden her sexual identity from those closest to her because her country’s views on homosexuality are harsh. Why does Kavita believe her personal struggle is less important than the socialist causes she used to protest for?
- Iqbal is perhaps the most complicated character in the book. It’s true he’s been through horrors, but do they justify what he’s done to the women in his life? What were your feelings on him?
- “In the end, what matters is what remains.” This is a lingering theme in the book – what does it mean to you?
- Why did Thrity Umrigar choose to end the book where she did – on the flight to see Armaiti, rather than her death? Did Umrigar want to keep their friendship alive for the reader, through the end of the book and beyond?
Please feel free to answer any or all of these questions in your comments, as well as expound on your thoughts about the book as a whole. If you’re new to this readalong and would like more information or to see the rest of the discussion posts, please visit my landing page for The World We Found discussion.
Thanks for participating, and I hope you’ve enjoyed yourselves!