The Paris Architect
by Charles Belfoure
Discussion Questions:
1. Why did the majority of people in France refuse to help the Jews during World War II?

2. In the beginning of the novel, Lucien didnít care about what happened to the Jews. Discuss how his character evolved throughout the novel. How did your opinion of him change?

3. The Germans were disgusted that the French always informed on one another during the Occupation. Would you assume that this is a common war practice? Why? In what ways does war bring out the worst in people? In what ways does it bring out the best in people?

4. Many spouses abandoned each other because one was Jewish. What did you think when Juliette Trenetís husband left her? Is there any defense for what he did?

5. One reason Lucien helped Jews was to get architectural commissions from Manet. Did you agree with the French Resistance? Did Lucienís love of design and the need to prove his talent cross the line into collaboration with the enemy?

6. Most fiction and films portray Nazis as monsters during World War II. Do you believe that some German military men secretly hated or doubted what they were doing? Does following the crowd make these men just as bad as those who carried out their duties with- out conscience?

7. Discuss the unusual relationship between Lucien and Herzog. Can two men from warring countries be friends?

8. Lucien was already taking an enormous risk by hiding Jews for Manet; why do you think he agreed to take in Pierre?

9. What was your impression of Father Jacques? What kind of role do you think faith plays throughout the novel?

10. Adele had no qualms about sleeping with the enemy. Why would she take such a risk?

11. Bette could have her pick of men but chose Lucien. Discuss what made him special in her eyes. What are the most important qualities you look for in a friend/signi cant other? Would you be willing to compromise on any of these qualities? For what?

(Discussion Questions by Publisher)

Book Club Talking Points:
This book explores many moral issues. War creates fear and fear creates circumstances that cause people to act out of character. War also tests loyalties and brings into existence an environment of choices; risks are taken, or not. Nothing is sacred; war brings out the best and the worst in people.

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