Coming Through Slaughter Topics for Discussion

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How do dogs figure in the novel? How are they used symbolically?

How do the opening scenes describing old-time prostitution in New Orleans flavor the novel?

How is Webb's interest in magnets important in the novel?

How is Bellocq's suicide a pivotal act in the novel. Does knowing that the historical E. J. Bellocq dies decades later in real life than in the story suggest why or how Ondaatje uses the character?

In what ways is Buddy's relationship with Jaelin and Robin Brewitt like and unlike Willy Cornish's with Nora and him after Buddy's return? Does this seem to contribute to his breakdown?

How do the "historical" documents included in Chapter 3 contribute to your understanding of Buddy's situation, living the second half of his life institutionalized? Is it more or less effective to present documents than to present the information in other ways?

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