Dreamers of the Day Book Summary and Study Guide

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Dreamers of the Day takes place right after World War I when the reader is introduced to the narrator of the story Agnes Shanklin. Agnes is an unmarried 40 year old teacher from Ohio. She is a lively spirited woman who is always seeking new knowledge.
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After the war ended another dreadful event took place, the influenza epidemic in which Agnes loses many of her family members. On a delightful note Agnes soon comes to find out that she will receive a large amount of inheritance money. She will thus come to her own conclusions on what to do with the money and she decides to fulfill her lifelong dream of visiting the Middle East.

Once Agnes arrives in Egypt she will soon discover that she is more than just a tourist. While staying at the Semiramis Hotel she is literally right in the middle of the Cairo Peace Conference of 1921. During this time she will intermingle with soon to be world renown figures like Winston Churchill , Percy Cox and Laurence of Arabia. Agnes is watching history in the making as these figures talk about their plans for the Arab world.

Dreamers of the Day also includes a love story when Agnes meets a German man Karl. She begins to feel strong romantic feelings for this German something that never expected to happen She will be courted and dinned by Karl, but Karl has secret he is hiding from her.

An overall wonderful and compelling book about the changing world of the 1920s. Agnes is telling a story of history in the making.
Best part of story, including ending: How much her life changed from being a school teaching in rural Ohio, to be right in the middle of one of the most important conferences of the century.

Best scene in story: When she greet many famous people whom a the time she has no idea how these people will shape the world.

Opinion about the main character: Is wonderful to read about Agnes and her dreams. For even thought she is in her mid-life she show that it is never too late to pursue one's hopes and dreams.

The review of this Book prepared by Silas Brunk a Level 4 Yellow-Headed Blackbird scholar

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book War/Revolt/Disaster on civilians    -   Yes Conflict:    -   War, WW I

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   teacher Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 () United States    -   Yes Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Arabia

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