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Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson
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Jan 08, 2012

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I was given this by a friend at work to read and probably wouldn't have picked it for myself, but I'll try pretty much anything.

I liked:

The weaving together of the various stories and personal histories of the family. It was cleverly done and ranged from the mundane and regular to huge life changing events.

Ruby's narration was well-written and consistent; her take on events ranged from comic and childlike, through to bleak and impersonal.

Not so keen on:

I really didn't engage with any of the characters, including Ruby and so found myself 'just reading' not especially interested in who did what next. In fact I think I engaged most with the poor parrot.

Overall, this is a cleverly conceived novel and weaves together a family history in an interesting way. However, I didn't particularly enjoy reading it.

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