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Discussion Questions

Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings

1. Is the thrill of discovery what motivates scientists to stick to their work, day after day?

2. Sexuality is a prominent theme in the book. Did you find the sexuality of the whaley boys offensive? Funny? Do you think it's a commentary on traditional human sexual mores?

3. The author has a very distinct writing style, especially when it comes to dialogue and his characters' tendency for flip banter, even in the midst of serious conversations and situations. Do you find this treatment distracting, or humorous?

4. Did this book make you think? What are some of the questions it raised for you?

5. Did this book make you laugh? Is the author's unique sense of humor one that you can appreciate? Do you like Moore's writing style?

6. Do you think Moore is delivering an effective message about conservation? Has this book inspired you to change your actions? Or was a concern for the environment one of the things that drew you to the book in the first place?

7. What do you know about male-female roles in other animal populations? Are human gender roles in line with those of our fellow creatures? And are societal changes in the last several decades something we can attribute to evolution?

Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings
by Christopher Moore

  • Publication Date: June 1, 2004
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Paperback: 321 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN-10: 006056668X
  • ISBN-13: 9780060566685