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1. What makes it difficult for the carpenter to finish his job in "The Book of the Grotesque" and why?

The carpenter has a difficult time finishing his job because he is telling a story about how he spends time in prison during a war. Also, his brother dies of starvation. The story takes a while to tell and it causes emotional torment, so the carpenter has a hard time doing his work.

2. What does the idea of death do to the writer in "The Book of the Grotesque"?

The idea of death makes the writer feel more alive and young. He believes that he has something young and brilliant in him as he obsesses over the way he dies.

3. How does the writer come up with "The Book of the Grotesque"?

The writer dreams about all the people he knows one night. When he wakes up, he writes about these people that he calls "the grotesques".

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