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Wartime Lies

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Reading Group Guide

1. In Wartime Lies, the religious tension is evident from the

very beginning as Maciek tells his tale. What events occur

that mark the increasing tension from Macieks perspective?

2. The passages from the perspective of “the man with sad

eyes” are meticulously placed throughout the novel. Using

your “sympathy and imagination,” what links can you draw

between the content of these passages and the moment in

Macieks life they interrupt?

3. In chapter four, Maciek punches Pan Wladek in the

chest. Why does he react so violently to the accusation

(made most likely as a partial jest) that he has been “evil” by

cheating?

4. Louis Begley mentioned that Dante could be considered

“the greatest connoisseur of evil.” In what ways does Dante

and his Inferno relate to the experiences described in Wartime

Lies ?

5. Seemingly more than most young children, Maciek is

somewhat obsessed with being liked. Why do you think this

is? And how does this conflict with the “show” that he and

Tania are constantly putting on?

6. At one point, Maciek tells us, “Tania thought she loved

Reinhard, probably as much as she ever loved anybody”

(page 68). Throughout the novel, how does Tania relate to

men and love?

7. There are several ways in which the title, Wartime Lies,

relates to the principal characters in the novel. What are

some of those ways? And how have these lies forever

changed Tania and Maycieks sense of ethics and morality?

8. If the world of Wartime Lies is one where everyone bears

a burden of guilt, what guilt do Maciek, Tania, Grandfather,

and Reinhard carry?

9. When Maciek must attend catechism classes, something

in his perception shifts. How does Maciek feel about this

experience?

10. How does Wartime Lies compare to other novels about

the Holocaust you may have read?

Product Details

ISBN:
9780449001172
Author:
Begley, Louis
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Author:
Golabek, Mona
Author:
Cohen, Lee
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Poland
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Poland.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;holocaust;wwii;poland;novel;war;historical fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19971031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8 x 5.14 x 0.53 in 0.5 lb

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