Book group questions for Lizard World

  1. Discuss the meaning of the novel’s title.
  2. Discuss the theme of odor/fragrance in the novel.
  3. Discuss the various ways in which the nature of immortality is approached within the novel.
  4. Discuss the role of flies in the novel.
  5. Discuss the role of Dr. Fludd—his relationship to the Frobeys and how his scientific preoccupations tie into the novel’s major themes.
  6. Discuss how the novel explores the relationship between body and mind. What does Dr. Fludd’s volume of Descartes have to do with this? How does this theme relate to Smedlow’s predicament and his crisis of identity?
  7. What do “splicers” have to do with the interconnections and contrasts between the ancient and modern narratives? How, for example, do Simkyn Potter and Lemuel Lee splice the two narratives together?
  8. Discuss the meaning of Lem’s triumph in the world the novel depicts.
  9. Is the Lord entirely evil? Does anything redeem him? Is there any morality implicit in his fate?

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