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Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier
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Jun 26, 10

bookshelves: z2009_read_list, fiction
Read in May, 2009

Ever read a book that seems to come along at just the right time in your life? This was one of those for me. Focusing on two young people in London who happen to live right next door to William Blake, this book explores coming of age and finding your adult self juxtaposed with Blake's writing "Songs of Innocence" and "Songs of Experience". Wonderful details about London at that time and good psychological development of the characters. I was quite shocked at first about the crude sexuality everywhere in this book, but I do think it is accurate to the time and location. Families were more likely to share a single room in that time and in a city as big as London, anything could be bought for a price – so, yeah. Jarring to me as a modern reader but I think spot on for the times and a great counterpoint to the newly awakening main characters.

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