|Plot Summary of City of Light|
|"In 1901 Buffalo is a prosperous city of industry and trade. Enormous hydroelectric projects are underway, powered by the waters of Niagra, and the city is on the brink of the Pan-American Exposition. The vast wealth of the captains of industry gives them the power to dominate society and the decks are stacked against those people who fear for the environment or work to establish social justice. With rumours of corruption in the air, suspicious deaths, poverty, discrmination and labour unrest, tensions ripple below the surface of a high society which considers itself both charitable and forward-looking.
Miss Louisa Barrett, the headmistress of a progressive private school for girls, works toward the greater good by trying to instil a social consciousness in her privileged students. Despite her need to maintain an unblemished reputation and fears of losing her position and independence, love and concern for her orphaned goddaughter force her to investigate the suspicious deaths. The industrial and personal secrets which emerge have irrevocable consequences for all concerned."
Joyce Verkerk, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of City of Light|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
Kind of romance:
- GENERAL--no other subplots apply
Life of a profession:
- businessman, good overcoming bad ones
- businessman, good becoming bad
Family, loving relations
Special relationship with
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- throughout most of the book.
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 10 ()
The Americas (not US):
- dirty, grimy (like New York)
- fancy mansion
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Sex in book?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
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