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The vignette, which seems to the painter to be laden with meaning, escapes the attention of every visitor to the exhibition except one: a beautiful, chestnut—haired woman in her mid—twenties who, the artist imagines, might be the only person in the world capable of understanding both him and his work. As she vanishes into the crowd, the painter suppresses a desire to call out to her and is at once plunged into misery.
He is convinced that, in a teeming city of millions, he will never see her again. And yet, miraculously, he later spots her entering an office building and, as she waits for an elevator, blurts out a series of fumbling questions that form the beginning of a relationship that will transform both their lives. Could this be the premise of a charming, somewhat fluffy love story? The artist is Juan Pablo Castel, a man whose superficial charm and educated speech conceal a dark contempt for humankind and an existential belief in the emptiness and absurdity of life.
Almost from their first meeting, Juan Pablo seems driven by an urge to dominate and possess. Juan Pablo himself is a soul ever more divided, both coldly analytical and given to spasms of volatile irrationality.
With supreme lucidity, he meditates upon the ironies and discontents of life; with crazed suspicion, he spirals toward insanity and violent death. As Juan Pablo interacts with friends, acquaintances, and bureaucrats, we see through his eyes the morass of inanity and incomprehension that he finds all around him. But when he reaches toward her one final time, it will be with a very different purpose. When it first appeared in , The Tunnel was lauded by Albert Camus, who saw in its pages an elaboration of the themes of being and nothingness with which he had wrestled in his own novel The Stranger.
After earning a Ph. Share: Share on Facebook. Add to Cart. What, if any, are the tunnels in your own life? How reliable is Juan Pablo as a narrator of the facts of his story? How reliable are his interpretations of the events that he recounts? How does his instability influence the way you read his story? Although delusional in some regards, Juan Pablo seems quite lucid when he discusses existential philosophy.
How do you regard his philosophical digressions—as an earnest attempt to get at the meaning of life, as a cynical means of defending his actions, or as something else? Does his mental condition fully discredit him as a philosopher, or does he, disturbingly, make sense?
What arguments would you make? Would you expect them to succeed? Why or why not? Does he succeed? How does this organization affect the experience of reading the novel? How would it feel if the novel were written as one uninterrupted narration? Juan Pablo notes more than once his contempt for humankind. How do the inane and alienating behaviors of the people around Juan Pablo contribute to his sense of both isolation and superiority?
In a better world, would he be a better person? What is it about her life or her personality that causes her to be continually drawn back to this man who seems so obviously dangerous?
In a larger sense, do you think Juan Pablo is completely outside the norm, or is he somehow representative of the human condition? The prostitute who thinks Juan Pablo has called her a whore reacts violently, biting him on the arm. How might this be explained? Are they right about this? Does the evidence convince you, or are the two of them deceived in their perceptions of each other? The Tunnel has been described as an existential novel.
Just what is an existential novel? What features should such a novel possess in order to fit the description? Has The Tunnel been correctly classified? Why is the existential attitude so often embraced by such unsavory protagonists? Does this trend say anything significantly damning about existentialism as a philosophy? What do the painting and its window represent? Why do you think so seemingly trivial a thing is capable of binding the two characters so inescapably?
Is Juan Pablo better described as rational or irrational? Or do we need some different vocabulary with which to capture him? But are there other forces at work? What might be some of the other psychological reasons that drive him to commit his crime?
What do you think of this stylistic choice? Would you have preferred a different epilogue, either a more extensive one or none at all? If this issue intrigues you, you may want to try to write your own last chapter for the novel.
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The Tunnel Reader’s Guide
The vignette, which seems to the painter to be laden with meaning, escapes the attention of every visitor to the exhibition except one: a beautiful, chestnut—haired woman in her mid—twenties who, the artist imagines, might be the only person in the world capable of understanding both him and his work. As she vanishes into the crowd, the painter suppresses a desire to call out to her and is at once plunged into misery. He is convinced that, in a teeming city of millions, he will never see her again. And yet, miraculously, he later spots her entering an office building and, as she waits for an elevator, blurts out a series of fumbling questions that form the beginning of a relationship that will transform both their lives.
The story's title refers to the symbol for Castel's emotional and physical isolation from society, which becomes increasingly apparent as Castel proceeds to tell from his jail cell the series of events that enabled him to murder the only person capable of understanding him. Castel's obsession begins in the autumn of when at an exhibition of his work he notices a woman focusing on one particularly subtle detail of his painting "Maternidad" "Maternity". He considers this observation deeply significant since it is a detail that he values as the most important aspect of the painting but to which nobody besides him and the woman pay any attention. Missing out on an opportunity to approach her before she leaves the exhibition, he then spends the next few months obsessing over her, thinking of ways to find her in the immensity of Buenos Aires , and fantasizing about what to say to her.