Lest Darkness Fall Book Summary and Study Guide

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This classic novel pits Martin Padway, a twentieth-century archaeologist inexplicably removed to 535 AD, against the Byzantine military, fierce Gothic warriors, and a generally superstitious society. This is a critical period of time; in our time line, the Byzantines and Goths fought each other to exhaustion over ownership of Italy, and it is this that Padway is trying against hope to change.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Time Travel:    -   largely backwards/past Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Time Travel story?    -   Yes Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes Culture clash-    -   one person from different culture of other persons Intense exploration of society's culture?    -   Yes Story largely takes place in    -   Really long ago

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   archaeologist Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Mountains Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a moderate amount of scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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