Question Time: The Power by Naomi Alderman

I met with my lovely book group yesterday in the Fort St George pub.  It was one of the more popular CFBC meet-ups with ten readers ready to discuss The Power by Naomi Alderman.

Minutes before heading off to the pub I was hastily scribbling some book club questions. Usually I’m more prepared and have time to jot some of my own down and then scope out what others have posted out there in the ether. I can then tweak and add anything interesting. I like to have a few warm-up questions, some more serious ones and then one or two wind-down questions.

But with The Power I was out of luck… hence my hasty scribbles. So in case anyone is in a similar jam I hope these question’s help. Be careful as number 8 maybe a small spoiler 😉

  1. Did you enjoy reading The Power and why?
  2. Who was your favourite character and why?
  3. What did “and now the weather on the ones”mean!
  4. What did you make of the structure and character development in the book? How did tally up with the overall pace of the novel?
  5. There are 3 main female characters in the novel with Tunde being the only male perspective… How do you think this affected the overall story telling? And what do you think Alderman’s goal was in doing that?
  6. There are a quite a few scenes in the book that make the reader examine how gender and power influence the interpretations of a scene; did you have a favourite? Did you find yourself thinking of these situations and phenomena in a different way?
  7. What different ways did Alderman conceive what power is and what do you think her ultimate message was?
  8. What do you think of how the story is framed, i.e. a historical novel about events from the past, the cataclysm and the eventual re-shaping of society as matriarchal?
  9. Do you think that Alderman’s experience as a scriptwriter is evident in her writing?
  10. Would you recommend this book and to whom?




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