Milkman Read-Along

Week 1

Questions from Week 1

By now, you might have had the chance to read a good chunk, if not all, of the Milkman. Before we launch into Week 2 however, here are some questions that might provoke your thinking before we read the next section.

If you would to share your answers then drop it in the comment box. It would be great to hear your thoughts. 

Whilst only meeting the milkman on a couple of brief occasions, his presence, or lack of, still provides us with a lot to think about.

  • What do you think is the significance of him being called ‘milkman’?

  • What do you think of Burns’ choice of not giving any of the characters their ‘real’ names?

  • Do you think because of this, it’s made the novel, as others have said, a ‘difficult’ read?

  • Do you think it’s difficult for other reasons? Or do you not think that it’s difficult at all?

  • What do you think of the other relationships the narrator has at this early stage?

  • It’s well documented that the novel is set during the Troubles: why do you think Burns has chosen to depict the world like this? Are there any other novels that it reminds you of in this respect?

You can read the previous week’s post here.

To check out some of the books that the Readers Group read in 2018, read Richie’s summary of the year.

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