Brazzaville Beach Topics for Discussion

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Throughout the novel, Hope attempts to compare the world of mathematics to real life. In what ways does this appear to work? In what ways does it not?

John's descent into insanity came in phases. List the telltale signs as the novel progresses.

Ian Vail can be described as shallow and selfish. Point out events that support this characterization.

In what ways do you believe Hope is responsible for the negative events in her life? In what ways is she a "victim" of events beyond her control?

Eugene Mallabar can be viewed as both a successful and renown scientist but also as a tragic figure. Which events support eachof these views?

Why do you believe the narration switches between first and third person? How does this impact the novel?

One of Hope's favorite expressions from a former professor is, "What cannot be avoided must...

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