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The Great Train Robbery Book Review Summary

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Michael Crichton knows a thing or two about writing successful novels. In "The Great Train Robbery," he certainly grabs a historical idea, climbs on board, and is off down the tracks at a fast pace. Edward Pearce, a gentleman who has turned rogue, is the mastermind being one of the most famous heists in history. In making this the suspenseful journey that it is, Crichton gives us a complete picture of Victorian England, especially the seamier--and quite likely realistic--side of London. It is the Industrial Revolution in all its glory--and its drawbacks. How Pearce and his accomplises are able to pull off this robbery is a fascinating story; it is a story full of clever machinations,indeed.
This report prepared by Bill Hobbs








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   very upbeat Time/era of story:    -   19th century Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book The crook is....    -   committing armed robbery Crime Thriller    -   Yes Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   hanging Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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