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The Children's Book
A spellbinding novel, at once sweeping and intimate, 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 t...more
Her cast of cha ...more
Both brilliant and flawed, this book is an extraordinary achievement that doesn’t always work, but is nevertheless a riveting, educational and inspirational read. It was so beautiful and utterly engrossing, that I loved it despite its faults, and found it filling my thoughts and dreams for a considerable time after I finished it. And it visits me still.
It describes the creative process (principally writing, puppetry and pottery) in gloriously vivid detail, as it relates to some ...more
Three days after finishing the audiobook version of this novel, I’m still partly in the detailed and intricate world Byatt created. I didn’t want the book to end and I miss the characters.
A saga about the lives of its inter-related characters between 1895 and 1919, the novel concerns itself with the history of England and to a lesser extent Germany during that period. It deals with subjects including Fabian socialism, the Arts and Crafts movement, neo-paganism, the anarchist movement, education ...more
Not even at the halfway point yet, but I am so baffled and dismayed. I love Byatt (loved Possession like everyone else, but I schooled myself to love the Frederica Potter quartet and other novels too), this book is all about topics I love, and so it totally should be my jam, as the kids say, and....instead it's like the dire moment in Little Women when Meg wails about how the jelly won't jell.
I think the biggest problem is the characters - som ...more
The book takes place in England between 1895 and 1919. It criss-crosses Europe following the family fortunes of the Wellwoods, the Cains and the Fludds and a host of vibrant subsidiary characters. Olive Wellwood is ...more
This is usually the part of the review where I'd tell you what The Children's Book is about. the summary GoodReads gives you up at the top of the pa ...more
The premise: it’s 1880s England, and this children’s author’s son finds a homeless boy who wants to grow up to be a potter, so he gets deposited with an overly-artistic child molesting artiste in the hope that the kid will A.) Nurture his talent or whatever; and B.) Get the artiste to start b ...more
Byatt's intellect is astounding with a vocabulary that expands the mind with its scope. In interviews she says she goes to bed with Shakespeare and believes metaphysically only in Wallace Stevens. When so much of the world's ...more
I thought it would be a second Possession, but it's not, which is good. In some ways, Byatt's style in this book seems closer to the style of her sister, Drabble, a hands off approach which makes it a little harder (or takes longer) to come to terms or grips with characters. There are even some characters we never come to grips with (interesting considering ...more
I wanted this superb novel never to end. It deals with so many of my own interests, such as ceramics, music, art, theater, myths and fairytales (art/life/life/art), creativity of so many other kinds, WWI & the trenches, the Fabian Society, the early suffrage movement in England, and we even learn about the history of one of my own personal favori ...more
The novel has been described as sweeping, and maybe just this once, Byatt has written an overly sweeping book that spins so much time th ...more
In Possession, Byatt leads her reader through the world o ...more
The English formed an impression of conspiratorial secrets, partly because the only words they understood were the names of the recently assassinated French President, Carnot, and the guillotined anarchist, Vaillant, who had thrown a nail-bomb into the Chamber of Deputies.
Marionettes, by contrast, are creatures of the upper air, like elves, like sylphs, who barely touch the ground. They dance in geometric perfection in a world more intense, less hobbledeho ...more
It's spectacular just as a great piece of entertainment, keeping the reader tuned in and turning pages with suspense and surprises as thick and thrilling as any bestseller aimed at the mass market. It is a deeply insightful study of family. As the title implies, it's an examination of childhood and childhood's schizophrenic identity--the way it is actually lived and the way it is viewed by adults. It is an observation of a time when many of our ideas ch ...more
The Children's Book is a sprawling, absorbing family epic, stretching from the late Victorian era through the Edwardian and ending just after World War I. Olive Wellwood is a children's book author who lives with her husband Augustus and their seven children at their beautiful country home, the center o ...more
Queste sono solo alcune delle domande che sottendono questo complesso, stupendo e stupefacente libro.
Correttamente diviso in età dell'oro, dell'argento, del piombo, perché quasi sempre le favole non finisco ...more
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|21st Century Lite...: 12/13 The Children's Book. The Golden Age Chapters 16-22||21||25||Dec 31, 2013 10:50AM|
|21st Century Lite...: 12/13 The Children's Book. Silver Age. The Age of Lead. Chapters 44-54||4||13||Dec 31, 2013 10:12AM|
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|21st Century Lite...: 12/13 The Children's Book The Silver Age. Chapters 32-36||5||12||Dec 31, 2013 10:07AM|
|21st Century Lite...: 12/13 The Children's Book. Final Discussions||16||23||Dec 31, 2013 09:09AM|
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