Bonnie and Clyde Book Summary and Study Guide

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Forge, Feb. 2004, 23.95, 249pp

In Depression Era Texas, Bonnie Thornton works at Marc's Café while her husband Roy is spending five years behind bars. One day Clyde Barrow enters the café and he and Bonnie cannot stop looking at each other. Though she is married, they begin seeing one another as Bonnie's penchant for bad boys with a certain edge is clearly packaged in the 5'7” 120 pounds Clyde.
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Soon Bonnie helps Clyde break out from jail and is arrested for her part in his escape. Not long afterward, Bonnie and Clyde begin riding together robbing banks and killing people with a vow that they will live and die together forever.

This is a strong work of fiction that brings to life a great love story even if the lead couple were a deadly pair. It is the love story that has romanticized this odd relationship and that is the prime focus of this delightful story line. From the first time they saw each other until the final shooting in their car, in spite of the bloody trail, Bonnie and Clyde has become a romance legend and that is what this book is all about.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book The crook is....    -   stalking/killing innocents Crime Thriller    -   Yes Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?    -   Yes Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   killer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American Unusual characteristics:    -   Cynical or arrogant


United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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