Join the Southwest Book Club this month to discuss The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure. A gifted architect reluctantly begins a secret life devising ingenious hiding places for Jews in Nazi-occupied Paris. A thrilling debut novel of World War II Paris written by an architect.
Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library. No registration needed. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email email@example.com. #asr15
Tuesday, July 21
Southwest Branch Library
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1. In the beginning of the novel, Lucien didn't care about what happened to the Jews. Discuss how his character evolved throughout the novel. How did your opinion of him change?
2. One reason Lucien helped Jews was to get architectural commissions from Manet. Did you agree with the French Resistance? Did Lucien's love of design and the need to prove his talent cross the line into collaboration with the enemy?
3. Discuss the unusual relationship between Lucien and Herzog. Can two men from warring countries be friends?
4. It's easy to say, knowing what we do about the horrors that occurred during WWII, that we would have helped Jews with nowhere to hide. How do you think you'd react if a similar situation occurred today? Do you think it's even possible for a similar situation to occur in our day and age? Why? Why not?
Discussion questions obtained at litlovers.com