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The Children's Book - A.S. Byatt
The Children's Book
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Shortlisted for the Man Booker PrizeA spellbinding novel, at once sweeping and intimate, from the Booker Prize–winning author of Possession, that spans the Victorian era through the World War I years, and centers around a famous children’s book author and the passions, betrayals, and secrets that... show more
Shortlisted for the Man Booker PrizeA spellbinding novel, at once sweeping and intimate, from the Booker Prize–winning author of Possession, that spans the Victorian era through the World War I years, and centers around a famous children’s book author and the passions, betrayals, and secrets that tear apart the people she loves.When Olive Wellwood’s oldest son discovers a runaway named Philip sketching in the basement of the new Victoria and Albert Museum—a talented working-class boy who could be a character out of one of Olive’s magical tales—she takes him into the storybook world of her family and friends.But the joyful bacchanals Olive hosts at her rambling country house—and the separate, private books she writes for each of her seven children—conceal more treachery and darkness than Philip has ever imagined. As these lives—of adults and children alike—unfold, lies are revealed, hearts are broken, and the damaging truth about the Wellwoods slowly emerges. But their personal struggles, their hidden desires, will soon be eclipsed by far greater forces, as the tides turn across Europe and a golden era comes to an end.Taking us from the cliff-lined shores of England to Paris, Munich, and the trenches of the Somme, The Children’s Book is a deeply affecting story of a singular family, played out against the great, rippling tides of the day. It is a masterly literary achievement by one of our most essential writers.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780307272096 (0307272095)
Publisher: Knopf
Pages no: 675
Edition language: English
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BrokenTune
BrokenTune rated it
0.0 A.S. Byatt: The Children's Book - DNF
Ok, this is not for me. 70 odd pages and no hint of a plot, just a lot of scene setting and Victorian historical information. I get that this is likely to be character or society study rather than a plot-driven novel, which is fair enough, but I'm not digging the writing. There is a lot of info...
shell pebble
shell pebble rated it
4.0 Life as period costume
A densely woven account of connected families growing and changing over the late Victorian period up until the end of WWI. Byatt centres her narrative on the lives of the children, following their development and emotional perspectives. The book is openly aestheticising at the expense of pure realis...
Dor Does Books
Dor Does Books rated it
1.0 The Children's Book
I'm not terribly good at keeping many characters straight in books but once they actually start doing something I usually manage to remember who is who. While reading this book, 100 pages from the end, I had to flip back and re-read the garden party scene near the beginning where everybody is introd...
Slightly Off Center Books
Slightly Off Center Books rated it
3.0 The Children's Book
This book was very well written, and the characters were mostly complex and interesting. I enjoyed reading it for the most part. My problem was that every chapter or so, Byatt would take a break from the story to give a history lesson. Yes, the characters and narrative were often influenced by the ...
nente
nente rated it
3.0 The Children's Book
This really is a good book, you know. Oh, and by the way, it's called "The Children's Book", but it isn't a children's book. It is very well written, bursting with information, full of vivid images, fascinating, impressive, at times even moving.But.Well, everyone knew there's going to be a but.I'm t...
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