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Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson
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Jan 20, 09

bookshelves: library-book-club
Read in November, 2007

This is a story in which most of the characters are trapped in dreary lives, cursing their fates, filled with regrets, having their lives ruined (or ended) by world wars, and treating each other horribly -- and I was surprised at how deeply pleasurable it all was to read about. I couldn't stop rooting for our main character, I couldn't stop reading it, and I couldn't stand the fact that eventually the book would end. Atkinson's writing is observant and funny, and in this books she makes dire circumstances and bad luck seem life affirming, like they're part of a grand plan.

Update, 1/2009: Library book club hated this, by and large. So there you have it.
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