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Age of Iron

Age of Iron


by J.M. Coetzee

Age of Iron Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. Who do you think Vercueil really is? Is he human, or is it possible that he's some sort of guide to the afterlife? How does the novel make his identity hard to figure out?
  2. What role do Hope and Beauty play in the novel? Why do you think they're there?
  3. Do you think Mrs. Curren needs Vercueil more than he needs her, or do you think it's the other way around?
  4. How would you describe the relationship between Florence and Mrs. Curren? Why do you think Florence seems so cold to her boss?
  5. Do you think Vercueil will follow through with his promise and deliver Mrs. Curren's letters to her daughter? Why or why not?

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