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Human Croquet - Kate Atkinson
Human Croquet
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Part fairy tale, part mystery, part coming-of-age novel, this novel tells the story of Isobel Fairfax, a girl growing up in Lythe, a typical 1960s British suburb. But Lythe was once the heart of an Elizabethan feudal estate and home to a young English tutor named William Shakespeare, and as... show more
Part fairy tale, part mystery, part coming-of-age novel, this novel tells the story of Isobel Fairfax, a girl growing up in Lythe, a typical 1960s British suburb. But Lythe was once the heart of an Elizabethan feudal estate and home to a young English tutor named William Shakespeare, and as Isobel investigates the strange history of her family, her neighbors, and her village, she occasionally gets caught in Shakespearean time warps. Meanwhile, she gets closer to the shocking truths about her missing mother, her war-hero father, and the hidden lives of her close friends and classmates. A stunning feat of imagination and storytelling, Kate Atkinson's Human Croquet is rich with the disappointments and possibilities every family shares.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780312186883 (0312186886)
ASIN: 312186886
Publisher: Picador
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
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Wyvernfriend Reads
Wyvernfriend Reads rated it
3.0 Human Croquet
Interesting characters and lush language this is a surreal story of life, death, love and intertwined generations. While interesting it has moments that you question their inclusion. I finished the story still wondering what happened in the story but although that often annoys me I actually enjoye...
jemidar
jemidar rated it
I love Kate Atkinson but don't feel this novel is one of her best. Her prose style is still wonderful but this one seemed to lack her usual humour. In places I found it overwhelmingly sad and in others I was totally confused. The ending wasn't as satisfying as it might have been and I felt more t...
Kim Reads and Bakes
Kim Reads and Bakes rated it
3.0
I'm a big fan of Kate Atkinson's witty prose and oddball characters, but I have to admit that this novel had a degree of weirdness beyond that found in those of her novels which I have read to date. In a mix of first person and third person narratives, it tells the story of Isobel Fairfax, a teenage...
Amy Reads Books
Amy Reads Books rated it
3.0 Human Croquet
I've really enjoyed all of Kate Atkinson novels, be they her stand-alone novels or her Jackson Brodie crime fiction series, so I was really looking forward to Human Croquet, her only novel that I had yet to read. It came as her second novel after her brilliant debut Behind the Scenes at the Museum, ...
Ms. Margie
Ms. Margie rated it
Atkinson deftly handles time changes and multiple stories. In addition to having the main character 'travel' through time, she also has the character ask intriguing questions about time (if we save time, where does it go?).Lots of backing and forthing and wondering which story line is real. It sou...
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