The "book" was "The Return of the King," the last volume of The Lord of the Rings. Not surprisingly, we were able to fill the entire evening with serious discussion of the work, fueled by some rather out-of-the-ordinary questions. While we were all generally admiring of the master's works, there was good debate about "The Scouring of the Shire," including whether or not it was necessary at all, and whether or not the repressions committed by "Sharkey's" thugs were too modern in tone. We pretty much agreed that, since Frodo was the main character, the return to the Shire was indeed a necessary part of winding up the story. The depredations of Saruman were more debatable, but we eventually concurred that, as, despite the claims of governance, there was no political agenda other than despoiling and destruction, this was gangsterism, and not technically Fascism. We agreed to catch the movie of Return on opening night, Dec. 17th. at the Westtown Cinemas for the 7:30 show.