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Discussion Questions

The Seduction of Silence

1. Characters like Aakash and Ram are strongly motivated to renounce the world and devote themselves single-mindedly to spiritual practice. To what extent is spiritual progress possible 'in the world.' How do the spiritual and profane realms work together in life and in this book?

2. To what extent do the births explored in this novel create turning points in the story?

3. Rohini observes that life and death are part of the same continuum. Do the themes of birth and death work as parallels or opposites in The Seduction of Silence?

4. To what extent do the spiritual beliefs of the characters dictate their destinies?

5. How do the different characters reflect the theme of Silence?

6. What is the importance of 'belief' in this story? Is it necessary to share the same belief systems as the characters in order to understand the ideals represented in this book?

7. The Seduction of Silence takes place over 100 years in time, across different nations and different levels of consciousness. What are the threads that tie this story together and make it cohesive?

8. How do the past and the present work together in The Seduction of Silence? To what extent does history make an impact on the experiences and emotions of the characters?

9. To what extent do the women in The Seduction of Silence break the patterns of their mothers? How easy is it to break patterns that are handed down?

10. The Himalayas are described by the author as the perfect setting for the soul. How important is the landscape to the spiritual sentiment of this book?

11. To what extent is The Seduction of Silence bound by time and place, and to what extent is its message universal?

12. Which parts of the book seem to be based on truth? Which parts are obviously 'magical'? How is magic presented as real and how is reality presented as fiction? Is the difference between the two of any significance?

13. In your opinion, which event is the most magical and memorable in The Seduction of Silence, and why?

The Seduction of Silence
by Bem Le Hunte

  • Publication Date: August 20, 2012
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne
  • ISBN-10: 006052197X
  • ISBN-13: 9780060521974