Before Shutter Island, I had read a few books before that were somewhat similar, but not as dark. I did not know how I much I would like Shutter Island, and I would like to say that I was surprised, in a good way. The first half of the book was really slow and dull for me and there was not many action in it and I could barely keep myself intrigued with the book. Toward the end, the plot takes a turn, the book changes to a more dramatic scene where I had to keep up in order to understand. There were a few times where I was lost during the book and had to reread to catch up, but that could be fixed with a little more attention put into it. Shutter Island has mildly challenging vocabulary, with some explicit language mixed in. I would recommend this book to age thirteen and older because of the somewhat complicated plot and foul language. Overall, I would rate the book a eight out of ten stars.
STUDY QUESTIONS AND VOCABULARY:
1. What time does the book take place?
1a. In the mid 1950’s, after World War II
2. What sort of transportation does Teddy use to go to Shutter Island?
2a. He gets there on a ferry boat.
3. Why was Rachel committed to the asylum?
3a. She killed her kids by drowning the three of them in a lake.
4. What happened to Teddy’s wife?
4a. She died in a fire in their apartment.
5. What did Bridget write in Teddy’s notebook?
5a. She wrote “run.” Teddy was interviewing her about Solando’s disappearance and she wrote it when Chuck had left the table.
penchant (pg. 12)
denigrate (pg. 16)
emaciation (pg. 37)
desultory (pg. 55)
pervasively (pg. 74)
6. What does Teddy believe the code Rachel Solando leave behind mean?
6a. He believes it lead to a sixty-seventh patient when there are supposedly only sixty-six patient at the hospital.
7. Who is the sixty-seventh patient?
7a. Andrew Laeddis.
8. Why did Teddy not leave the island?
8a. He was held back by a hurricane.
9. How many piles of rock did Teddy count and what did the stand for?
9a. He counted thirteen. The number of rocks in each pile encrypted the name of Andrew Laeddis.
10. Who is George Noyce?
10a. A friend of Andrew Laeddis. He was sent to Shutter Island twice when he was let out the first time.
magnanimous (pg. 159)
consensus (pg. 160)
fallacious (pg. 164)
clandestine (pg. 197)
highfalutin (pg. 204)
11. What are the names of Andrew Laeddis’ children?
11a. Edward, Daniel, and Rachel Laeddis.
12. Who did Teddy find in the cave and what does she tell him?
12a. He meets a nurse disguised as Rachel Solando who warns him about being drugged through food and pills.
13. Chuck is really who?
13a. Lester Sheehan, Teddy’s primary psychiatrist.
14. Why did Cawley and Chuck help stage Teddy’s play?
14a. They believed it might help save Teddy from getting the “surgery”
15. What is the final code that Teddy solved?
15a. “You are him.” It meant that Teddy was Andrew Laeddis.
Kafkaesque (pg. 269)
syllogism (pg. 269)
flouting (pg. 271)
bereft (pg. 352)
meandering (pg. 356)