1. The speech of the narrator, Changez, is rendered in a very literary, formal style. Why does the author choose to do this? How would it have affected your impression of the book if Changez’s speech had been reported in a more naturally conversational way?
2. Does the fact that we hear none of the American’s speech lead you to identify with him as the listener? Or does it suggest the American is hiding something?
3. None of the names – from Underwood Samson to Erica to the Pearl Continental hotel – has been chosen casually. How conscious were you of their significance as you read the story?
4. At the foot of page 45, Changez remarks: “Yes, we have acquired a certain familiarity with the recent history of our surroundings, and that – in my humble opinion – allows us to put the present into much better perspective.” How significant is this comment?
5. What devices and allusions does the author use to create a sense of increasing danger?
6. How important to the novel is Changez’s relationship with Erica?
7. On page 114, Changez says: “I did not know whether I believed in the truth of their [Erica and Chris’s] love; it was, after all, a religion that would not accept me as a convert.” Why does he express himself in these terms?
8. Does it seem logical to you that Changez abandons his career?
9. Do you think Changez tells the whole truth to the American?
10. What is about to happen at the end of the book?