Child of God Topics for Discussion

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Lester remarks that he is not sorry for what he has done. Do you think he should have been sent to jail for his crimes? Or at least interrogated for the location of the bodies?

Why do you think Lester goes from committing necrophilia to committing murder?

Why didn't the sheriff suspect Lester right away?

Do you think that Lester's encounter with the woman on Frog Mountain caused him to become violent against women?

Explain how Lester tries to survive in the book. Draw on the themes of necrophilia and power as well as survival of the fittest.

Why do you think Lester is obsessed with younger women?

What do you think about McCarthy's writing style? Did you find it confusing and hard to follow? Or did the descriptions aid in the telling of the story?

While the reader learns about the townspeople through the way they...

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