How does Fernando fit the archetype of the hero? What other characters in the book also seem like heroes, and how do they compare and contrast with Fernando?
Describe how Carlos's use of setting helps the reader visualize and experience the political events of the book.
Describe the relationship between history and memory in this book. In your opinion, is this book more about Carlos's memories or more about history? Explain your thoughts, using as much detail from the text as you can remember.
Compare and contrast the archetypal villains of the militia, Fidel, and Ernesto.
Describe in detail Carlos's complex relationship with his father. Why does he feel the way he does? Does Louis XVI deserve such a sentiment?
Discuss the themes of fear and risk-taking and how the two interact with each other in the novel.
Compare and contrast the personal and professional lives of Fidel...
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