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Eden Travel Book Club: The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue By Mackenzi Lee Discussion Questions

one last hurrah before we start discussing?

Here’s what I loved about The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (the title is a bit of a mouthful so I’ll be referring to it as The Gentleman’s Guide throughout the chat): the humor, the diversity, Felicity.

Felicity made this book for me. Her feisty, sharp, quick-witted, unafraid-of-being-snappy, willing-to-passionately-fight-for-what-she-believed-in character arc was such a highlight.

I rarely see side characters in books who are well-rounded but Felicity was just that – fleshed out in thoughts and spirit.

While I initially described The Gentleman’s Guide as a romp, it’s so much more than that. This book is a discussion unto itself.

Monty (a white male) is a privileged character and this book doesn’t just hit but stabs and twists at his privilege multiple times. It’s done in such a nuanced and insightful way.

My husband picked up The Gentleman’s Guide this month as well (side note: we’re listening to Daisy Jones & The Six together right now and I can’t recommend the audiobook enough) and he agrees: it’s funny.

I mean, it’s a swashbuckling steampunk queer tender-hearted romance – what’s not to love?

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The Gentleman’s Guide Discussion Questions

  • Monty is an extremely flawed character. Despite his flaws, did you find him unlikeable or likable?
  • This novel has an intense cast of characters. Which character was your favorite?
  • Were there any characters you felt were underdeveloped?
  • How did you feel about Monty’s attitude towards his sexuality?
  • How do you think Monty’s personality evolved over the course of the novel?
  • What was the strongest part of the book? What was the weakest part of the book?
  • How did the time period impact the characters in the novel?
  • The Gentleman’s Guide is known for having a bit of crude language. Did you feel like it fit with the tone of the book or the title could do without it?
  • Which of the locations in this book did you enjoy reading about the most?
  • Do you feel like you’re more vice or virtue?

Let me know in the comments below! Of course, these are just starter questions. Feel 100% free to discuss anything regarding the book. I’ll be jumping in and responding as well!

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    Jamie
    February 3, 2020 at 3:11 PM

    I thought Monty’s comfort level with his bisexuality was refreshing. His character was annoying but I liked that he knew his sexuality and wasn’t debating or struggling. It was just a part of him. Also yes to everything you said about Felicity. I LOVE HER. AND PERCY WAS PRECIOUS.

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      Anshula Varma
      February 4, 2020 at 10:12 AM

      YES. PERCY WAS ADORABLE. xx – Anshula

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    Vyas
    February 3, 2020 at 9:24 PM

    I think Monty is likeably unlikeable. I feel like the language fit but it took a while to get used to.

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      Anshula Varma
      February 4, 2020 at 10:12 AM

      Ooohhh…I like that phrase – likeably unlikeable. Yup. That sums him up pretty well. xx – Anshula

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