In the Books Section:
Discussed September 2020
By Indra Das
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- Alok: first narrator; college professor
- Stranger/Izrail: werewolf
- Cyrah: human woman
- Fenrir: werewolf (Norse)
- Gévaudan: werewolf (French)
- Assorted other rakshasas and khrissals
(location references are to the Kindle edition)
- Did you read the book? Did you like it?
- Why does Izrail want to tell Alok his stories?
- Are there echoes of colonialism in the three European werewolves coming to India, or is that too shallow a reading?
- What do you think about the close relationship that develops between Cyrah and Gevaudan? How does it come about? (see loc. 3048)
- Why does Fenrir want to create a child with a human despite his culture’s fierce opposition?
- Why is Fenrir so interested in the human experience and human emotions (loc. 792)? Wasn’t he once human himself?
- What was your reaction to the rape scene and how the author wove it into the overall story? Your thoughts about how Cyrah reacts to it (eg, loc. 3039)?
- What did you think of Cyrah as a character? Why does she seek out Fenrir after the rape?
- Talk about the scene between Alok, Izrail, and the three men by the river (loc. 2738). Why does the author depict such an ordinary yet threatening event?
- This is a very visceral novel--piss, spit, blood, semen, etc.--yet beautifully written. How does that viscerality relate to the larger themes in the novel?
- When the werewolves feed, the human soul appears to live in them (in some fashion) after the destruction of the body. What do you make of this?
- Why does Cyrah give her child to be raised by the werewolves?
- What did you make of Alok’s ending and the final sequence of the book?
- What did you think of the blurring between characters as they narrate their experiences of each other’s lives?