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From the Trade Paperback edition.
1. Matilda's father Jacob makes a virtue of being good at his job. Is it always a virtue?
2. Matilda often speaks wistfully of her life in the Georgetown mansion. How do you explain her hopeless romanticism?
3. Why can't Martin allow Matilda to continue as his business partner? Why can't they be close?
4. David and Matilda seem to connect in ways that she and his father are unable to. What does David see in his aunt that his father is unable to?
5. Matilda can't or won't forgive Roderick. Why not? What (if anything) are each of them unable to understand about the other?
6. In what ways is Jacob (the younger) every bit a Housewright?
7. Explain Matilda's preference to withhold herself from society.
8. Important milestones in the history of black America pass even as Matilda's life seems mostly static. Why would this be so? Is it so?
9. Matilda rejects your pity and surely your judgment of her life and her choices? Do you pity her? How do you judge the choices she made in her life?
10. Matilda passes forward a number of powerful legacies through generations of Housewrights. What legacies are worth preserving? Which are better consigned to the past?
Posted January 9, 2013
Posted September 29, 2004
The Full Matilda is an exceptional book written by David Haynes. Though the begining of the book was very slow, at times not wanting to even read, I continued and eventually zoomed through it within a couple of days. The author takes you on a journey of Matilda's life ups and downs, which in turn makes you feel as though you where right there. In the end it almost had me in tears.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 23, 2004
David Haynes is a brilliant and engaging story teller. Vivid characters, laugh-out- loud humor, and a story that spans a century, and the changes that occur to this family between generations. Highly recommended.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 4, 2004
The Full Matilda is written in the elegant and refined prose of David Haynes, one of America¿s best literary authors. I loved the comical scenes as well as the bitter sweet scenes that built up to a huge crescendo. Matilda¿s sacrifice was very disturbing. It was the in-your-face reality of someone in Matilda¿s position. Haynes has created a great sense of place that is well grounded in time and space as well as a full fledged family genealogy. I felt the real presence of the Housewright family across the generations and their place in American History. One of the most remarkable chapters begins on page 320¿it is a portrait of the artist as a young man but unlike Joyce, Haynes has ingeniously put it towards the end of the novel rather than at the beginning. It is very touching that teenagers in their awkward coming-of-age make the time to visit Matilda¿the hothouse flower, and that they look forward to spending time with her. The sprinkling throughout the book of Housewright Maxims was like icing on the cake. David Haynes¿s The Full Matilda is a book of substance written in an elegant prose that puts me in mind of Kazuo Ishiguro and Michael Ondaatje. I look forward to Haynes¿s next work of art.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.