The Chimney Sweeper's Boy Book Summary and Study Guide

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Barbara Vine (aka Ruth Rendell) in "The Chimney Sweeper's Boy" introduces us to famed writer Gerald Candless, who early on in the book suffers a fatal heart attack. In the aftermath of his death, his daughter Sarah is persuaded to write his biography and as she begins to follow up research, she discovers some critical information, so critical that she begins to question whether she really knew her father at all.   Sarah unearths some chilling and emotionally trying material, parts of which are both sentimental and tragic. Her biographical search reveals aspects of her father's life that are simply shocking. Gerald was not an easy man for others to like, but his daughters totally adored him. What transpires in this biography-within-a novel makes compelling reading; it is a novel of great characterization and moves with a rapid pace.   
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The review of this Book prepared by Bill Hobbs

A famous author dies quite suddenly. Through the help of one of her two adored daughters, the author's long-suffering, abused wife learns that her husband was not the man she thought he was.
The review of this Book prepared by Stuart Howard

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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male    -   Female Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   40's-50's


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Water?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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