Title: Ordinary People
Author: Judith Guest
First published: 1976 (by Viking Penguin Inc.)
Number of pages: 220
Explanation of the title:
The title of this book is “Ordinary People” because, the family in this book want to be seen as ordinary people. Most people think they are different. They have lost their son (and brother) and people feel sorry for them.
The part that appealed me the most:
Actually we thought the complete book was well-being nice. The beginning was a little bit tiresome, but after that the story became nice. Halfway you came truly in the tale. So there wasn’t a specified part that appealed us the most.
What part did you find worst of least interesting? Explain why:
The part that we found the least interesting was the beginning. It was very boring.
If you could choose, what person from this story would you like to be? Why?
If we could choose whom to be, we would like to be Berger. Berger is the psychiatrist of the story. We also want to help people like Conrad, Calvin and so on.
Name one character from the book whom you hated or could hate, explain:
We could hate Beth Jarrett. Beth is Conrad’s mother. She doesn’t really know how to show her feelings. She thinks that Conrad tried to kill himself to manipulate her and she can’t forgive him for that. And that’s why we don’t like her.
In what period is the story set? Does it really matter to know in what period the story takes place? Why is that?
The story is set in the period when it is published. It doesn’t really matter to know in what period the story takes place, because it could set in every period.
Explain why you were or were not satisfied with the ending of the book:
I was very satisfied with the ending of the book. The book is acquainted with an unexspected end. The fright that Con couldn’t find any junction and fall back into his illness won’t become the truth. Surprisingly is the broken connection with one’s parents. His mother decided to leave to Europe...