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Friday, June 17, 2011 10:03 AM

If (Questions for the Game of Life) by Evelyn McFarlane and James Saywell, is, if you can tell by the title, not a book one reads straight through from beginning to end. Well, you could, I guess. But it’s more a book that one can flip through until landing upon something intriguing. It’s a marvelous conversation starter.

This book is filled with hypothetical questions ranging from, “If you were to be granted one wish, what would it be?” to “If you could take revenge on any person you have ever known, who would it be, why do they deserve it, and how would you do it?” So obviously you could buy this book and read through it yourself, answering the questions, but its real purpose in my mind, and what makes it so entertaining, is to get a few people involved. It’s fun at parties, for example, if there’s a lull in the conversation – which is why it’s great as a coffee table book. You can learn a lot about other people and have a good time while doing so. I like to take it on road trips with my husband and flip through it while he’s driving; it’s another way to learn some unknown, interesting facts about your mate.

Another potential use of this book for any educators out there is as a resource for writing prompts. I’ve used this countless times in my college courses as a stepping-off point for small writing assignments or journals. Not every question could probably be utilized, depending on the grade level, but there are numerous interesting inquiries from which to choose in here.

There is also now a second and third book in the series, although the third focuses on “the game of love,” and with that, centers more on physical than emotional love – so it’s not for children. Overall, I’ve found the books always provide enjoyment and/or philosophical discussion – which I consider enjoyment, anyway. Giving it a try. It will undoubtedly shake up your next gathering...IF you dare.

Sara Berelsman lives in Delphos with her husband and their two daughters. She has an MA in literature and leads the book club discussions at the Delphos Public Library.


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