Our Book Club discussion questions center around the controversial Historical Fiction novel "The Vase With The Many Coloured Marbles." South African born Jacob Singer books his seat for an “Interview With An Author” and opens up on a topic others would love to brush under the carpet.
The book is a story about the fight against apartheid in South Africa outlining the horror of apartheid, practiced in the world today by countries that suppress the rights of its people based on the color of their skin; the religion they practice and believe in, and their sexuality, where women are regarded as second class citizens with no rights. Before we lead this book club discussion questions article, we set the scene with Jacob’s book summary.
The Book Club Discussion Questions 1….I was intrigued to read more after digesting the summary and can only imagine what research must have gone into formulating this book. What has been your readers reaction firstly towards the story and secondly towards the subject matter?
JACOB: good question; I have had numerous emails from readers who told me that they absolutely loved the read. They enjoyed the story, which is about 86% based on truth. We had readers ask me many questions, but I refused to answer a number, especially on the subject of whether the characters in the book are based on real people. Many readers tell me that they wish the South African leaders would read the book, and so realize how they are failing the country today.
The Book Club Discussion Questions 2.. Being a black man growing up in the UK I can remember my own little struggles in a changing society, but can only imagine life in South Africa in 1910. Can you share a little taster of Emma’s struggle raising her daughter not to know her Coloured background?
simply never told her daughter about her grandparents in Cape Town. Marla
accepted Charlie and Christa Stuart who live in Potchefstroom as her
grandparents. They were parents of a friend Emma had made. Charlie, originally
from Scotland, was a man who fought the apartheid system in South Africa. When
he found out that Emma was a Coloured, he helped her and Marla in every way
The Book Club Discussion Questions 3.. As the author, what did you learn when writing this book?
past memories was painful. The book had to be written; Emma’s story had to be told. The horror of apartheid
must be fully explained to the world as a form of Nazism. Any country that
discriminates against its citizens in any way, are practicing apartheid, even
if it is religious.
The Book Club Discussion Questions 4..What do you hope your readers take away from reading this story?
JOCOB: To learn about how we lived in South Africa during the era of racial discrimination. To also learn that it will take three generations of westernized education before the Africans will govern the country properly. The apartheid regime deliberately undereducated the African and any race that was not White, to keep them as servants. Those ruling South Africa today were not properly educated, and still practice tribal laws. As I once said when I overheard an African American joyfully shout when he watch the Dance of the Maidens in Swaziland. These are my people. I told him, the only thing you have in common with them is the colour of your skin and your curly hair.
Psymon H. I would like to thank Jacob for a truly eye opening book club discussion questions interview and wish him the very best with this and future book projects. If you would like to purchase this book , please scroll to the top right hand of this page. If you've read this title and want to leave your thoughts or you have a question you wish to ask the author, please leave them in the comments area below.
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