The Second Sleep Summary
Robert Harris

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The Second Sleep Overview

The Second Sleep is a novel by Robert Harris. The story is set 800 years after an unspecified apocalyptic event sent humanity into a second medieval era. The story takes place in England, where the Christian Church is the dominant power structure. The Church has outlawed all writings and artifacts from the pre-apocalyptic era. The protagonist is Christopher Fairfax, an idealistic young priest who begins to make troubling discoveries about the Church and the past. The novel explores themes of history, technology, truth, deceit, and cooperation.

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