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In Sybil, or The Two Nations, social activist, political reformer, and twice-prime minister Benjamin Disraeli tells the love story of a young working-class woman and a newly elected nobleman.

While on a visit to the manufacturing towns of the north, aristocrat Charles Egremont encounters beautiful Sybil Gerard singing in the grounds of Marney Abbey. Graceful and angelic, Sybil Gerard is a symbol of religious purity. He also meets her father, a working-class radical, who tells him about the division of England into two nations: the rich and the poor.

Moved by the episode, Egremont investigates the conditions of the working poor and witnesses the disturbing after-effects of the Industrial Revolution. He attempts to address the deep disparity, while falling increasingly in love with Sybil; however, his courtship is pitted against growing political unrest and violence caused by the calamitous two-nation divide.

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  • Carolyn
  • 09-08-19

Almost great

I like the characters in the novel, I liked the plot and the I thought the writing was excellent. What is in the book that just barely missed for me? I believe I wanted the characters more thoroughly developed. I had a good sense of who they were, I simply did not either identify with them nor feel them passionately. It seems that in 19 hours the author might have pulled that off. His focus I believe was creating a historical drama that serves as a warning. It is unbearably accurate in reminding us the 1% have either been with us at least a long time if not always.
Keep in mind, however as you evaluate my words, I read as many classics as I can find {or reread} because they almost invariably far surpass contemporary work. Disraeli's 4 is very much worth reading

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  • Felicia Harger
  • 08-06-20

Fantastic!

Masterful period piece. A perpetually relevant history lesson embedded in a riveting and beautiful story!