The Magician's Elephant Topics for Discussion
Who is Peter Augustus Duchene? Why does he feel like there is an unanswered question in his life? What does Peter start to recall about his childhood? What is Peter's biggest demon that haunts him throughout his life? Why is this important? How does it change his life?
Discuss the relationship between Vilna Lutz and Peter Augustus Duchene. Are they like father and son, or is something else? Is there love, guilt or a sense of obligation in their relationship? Why do you think Vilna Lutz ends up taking care of Peter after his parents die? How does Vilna Lutz feel about Peter? How does Peter feel about Vilna Lutz? Why does Peter move in with the Matiennes? What does Vilna Lutz do about it?
Discuss the relationship between Leo Matienne and Peter. Why do you think Leo and his wife Gloria end up taking Peter into their home?...