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Week 1 Questions...
- The Historian was published in 2005, but the initial note to the reader is dated in 2008. Why do you think the timing was constructed in this manner for the first readers in 2005?
- Did you notice that the narrator's name is not identified? We know the name of everyone else but not her name. Why is that?
- The narrator is obviously much more mature than her sixteen years would normally imply, and especially in comparison to her peers during 1973. Why do you feel that the author chose such a young age to represent this character who is learning such incredibly unbelievable information?
- When it is learned that "Dracula lives among us today," (p. 26), does this truly mean that Dracula is alive amongst us, or merely that folklore and superstition keep his legend and name alive?
- Whoever receives the book encounters grave danger. Are they putting themselves in danger willingly because of their own interest in the research, or does it naturally come about from a true evil that has selected them?
- Professor Rossi's friend, Hedges, is attacked and suffers a stroke as a result. As Professor Rossi waits for help, he asks Hedges who attacked him and Hedges's responds with a message that, "he will brook no trespass." What does that mean?
- On p. 88, Paul states that he's not interested in the occult, only that he's interested in finding Rossi. Do you think this is true?
More than enough questions to get our conversation going! Feel free to also take a look at the below link which provides some wonderful historical background on Wallachia, Vlad Tepes, the Order of the Dragon, among other details...click The Historical Dracula to visit the site.
Historical Note: The image above represents the Order of the Dragon, in which "drac" in Romanian can either mean a dragon or the devil. Vlad the Impaler's father was initiated into the Order of the Dragon, which was a secret fraternal order of knights who were committed to uphold Christianity against the Turks.
We look forward to your thoughts on the above questions to get our chat started....
Yours in profoundest grief,