Tropic of Cancer Topics for Discussion

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Discuss the differences between literature and commercial fiction. What characterizes literature versus commercial fiction? Does literature ever become commercial fiction. If so, give examples.

How is Henry selfish? How is he altruistic?

Compare and contrast Paris with New York City. What attracts artists, poets and writers to Paris? Has New York City changed since the first publication of Henry's novel?

The novel is considered to have contributed to the sexual revolution of the 1960s. How has the sexual revolution of the 1960s changed society? Have the changes been permanent or transitory?

Why does Henry withhold his name as the narrator until the middle of the novel?

Describe Henry's attitude toward religion.

Why does Henry think that everyone is dead like the moon?

Why was the novel banned in the United States until 1961?

Consider your reactions to the book while reading it, versus finishing the last chapter. How...

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