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A discussion of the novel "For Want of Wonders" by Richard Payment.

Play

Richard Payment

We play with shells, small. We weave our play ships from leaves. The sun warms us. We share the warmth on that endless beach. Together.
— For Want of Wonders, chapter six

In his dream in the movie theatre at the end the first chapter and again near the end of the book, the words of the poet Rabindranath Tagore are weaved through Vishesh's description of the beach and shore. How does the innocence of childhood play into Vishesh's arrival home at the end of the book? How does this beach compare to the Nargol beach of his childhood?


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Doors

Richard Payment

The traveller has to knock at every alien door to come to his own, and he has to wander through all the outer worlds to reach the innermost shrine at the end.
— Rabindranath Tagore

This is one of the opening quotations in the book, the words of Rabindranath Tagore. How do these words relate to the journey of Vishesh Darshane?


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Be Still

Richard Payment

“Be still. Remember my name. It is the label that is attached to me. It is the one thread that is sewn through this entire story – it is only the stitching that changes. The want is the thing that drives us. Trust me: I have a story to tell.”
— For Want of Wonders, chapter one

Looking back at the opening pages, why did Vishesh start by telling us to remember his name? What does he mean when he says the want is the thing that drives us?


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Meditation

Richard Payment

Like a dream, never reported while it happens. Like an uncaged song, sweet and alive, but flying high. Like a moment of artistic creation, bright and new, unsullied. Meditation is an open window. We sit at the sill. A vista is revealed. There is no judgement, no anticipation, no memory or regret.
— For Want of Wonders, chapter six

This is Vishesh's description of meditation near the end of the book. How does it compare to his description of his original memory from Nargol beach? Has he recovered that moment as he hoped? Or has he gained something new?


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Imagine

Richard Payment

I imagine a ship on the horizon. It travels north seeking a port. I see a boy on the deck seeking vision through a glass. I wave to him. It is a broad straight-arm wave of protection I beckon to him, join us. We are your shelter on these shores. Come home.
— For Want of Wonders, chapter six

When Vishesh sees the boy on the distant ship, is he seeing his younger self or another on the same course of seeking? What does this say about the connection between humans? Does our path of discovery bring us closer together?


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Caxton Hall

Richard Payment

I stayed near Caxton Hall very late that night. It was warm. I sat on the stone of the front step of the closed hall.... I remembered the late evenings in India. I imagined the cows moving down Caxton Street, their feet raising a fine dust, their homeward journey. I could see them rounding the corner, some with large discordant bells, others swaying, timeless in their step.
— Four Want of Wonders, chapter five

Is Caxton Hall a temple to Vishesh like the Tate Gallery, like the golden spruce forest? Or is more like a museum or time capsule? Can place contain more than its own history?

In imagining the Indian cows on Caxton Street, what is Vishesh feeling?


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Optimism

Richard Payment

Optimism is believing. You have to believe that there has to be a good reason for all this.’ He waved his arm, taking in everything – the houses, the street, the distant train always rattling out of sight, the city, the world. ‘Cheers, mate.’ he added with a quick salute. ‘Salutations to the people.’ When he said ‘mate,’ I really felt he meant it.
— For Want of Wonders, chapter five

What role does the sqautter play in Vishesh's journey? Beyond the need for optimism, what does he give Vishesh that he can use in the events that follow?


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Albion

Richard Payment

I remembered Mr. Blake and thought of his determined steps on this same Hercules Road. I slowly felt a tide of beauty, a magic in this raw rendition. Each blue or green or yellow tile alone was nothing, but together they were like a single being, humanity, an Albion rising.
— For Want of Wonders, chapter five

Vishesh is seeing a representation of William Blake's painting, Albion Rose, rendered in small tiles. What is he seeing in this mosaic? What is the subject of Blake's painting? Who is Albion?


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Vishesh

Richard Payment

Vishesh does not know himself. He is the group, the family, the community, the world before he is Vishesh.
— For Want of Wonders, chapter four

This is how Frieda describes Vishesh. Is she accurate in that description?

What kind of a person is Frieda? Is she a good match for Vishesh? He describes her as an opposing pawn on a chess board, opposite but the same.

Frieda says she wants more than happiness. What does she want? What is her role in Vishesh's seeking? What is his role in her seeking?


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Travel

Richard Payment

You are destined to travel and search and that is a curse on you. You have lived on land and you have lived on water. You will also live in the air if you need. You have all the elements. They feed into you.
— For Want of Wonders, chapter four

Is the desire to travel and search a blessing or, as Hopl tells Vishesh in the car, a curse creating great unrest?


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