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Reading Group Guide

1. What drives Chen Pan to leave China? What is he

pursuing?

2. How do the characters, particularly Chen Pan and

Lucrecia, navigate questions of identity and race?

What about Domingo? Does he end up trapped by his

identity?

3. What role does the fantastic play in the novel?

How do the various characters—Chinese, Cuban,

African—embrace it?

4. Why does Chen Pan buy Lucrecia? Does his buying

of her make him more or less sympathetic?

5. Why does Chen Pan go off to war to defend Cuba?

What are his feelings toward his fellow Chinese?

6. Why does Domingo go off to war? Discuss the

ironies of his being an Afro-Cuban-Chinese man fighting

for the U.S. against the North Vietnamese.

7. Compare and contrast how the fallout from the

Cuban Revolution and the Chinese Cultural Revolution

affects the characters lives.

8. Do you see an analogous colonialist relationship

vis-à-vis Cuba and the U.S. and Vietnam and China?

9. What effects do the shifts in character, setting, and

time period have on your experiencing and understanding

the novel?

10. Why does Chen Pan tell his grandson to always

choose the difficult path? (Page 193.)

11. Does Chen Pan ever assimilate into the Cuban

culture? In what way is he a part of it? In what ways

does he remain an outsider?

12. Compare and contrast the ways that Chen Pan,

Pipo Chen, and Domingo ultimately are betrayed by

the promises of other homelands, and how they reconcile

themselves to this betrayal.

13. The author seems to be challenging fixed notions

of identity. How is this shown throughout the novel?

How have your thoughts regarding identity been

changed?

14. The women Chen Pan and Domingo love are

extremely disadvantaged in their relation to the men,

one being a slave, the other a prostitute. Discuss this.

15. How is sex depicted in the novel?

16. The middle part of the novel is titled, “Traveling

through the Flesh.” What does that signify, particularly

in the relationship between Chen Pan and

Domingo?

17. Do Chen Pan and Domingo change significantly

as a result of their life experiences? If so, how?

18. What happens to Chen Pan in the end? What

gives him immortality?

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345466105
Author:
Garcia, Cristina
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Author:
Garcia, Cristina
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Author:
Cristina Garc
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Author:
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Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Slavery
Subject:
Cuban Americans
Subject:
China
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Ballantine Reader's Circle
Publication Date:
20050331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
7.84x5.42x.62 in. .46 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In this deeply stirring novel, acclaimed author Cristina García follows one extraordinary family through four generations, from China to Cuba to America. Wonderfully evocative of time and place, rendered in the lyrical prose that is García’s hallmark, Monkey Hunting is an emotionally resonant tale of immigration, assimilation, and the prevailing integrity of self.
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