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Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier
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May 17, 2009

really liked it
Read in May, 2009

This tale opens on the day of Queen Victoria's death. Two families, with adjacent plots, meet for the first time at the cemetary. The book follows these two familes through their ups and downs over the course of nine years. The story pretty much revolves around the cemetary and is quite the commentary of Victorian England's obsession with death.

I enjoyed hearing everyone's voice: the story was told through about a dozen differnt "voices". It was never hard to keep up with each voice, and I enjoyed the changes. I think that because of the voice changes, it was easier to handle the tragedies. It gave the reader a unique insight into each character: being able to see them through their own eyes, as well as those around them.

If you're looking for a "happily ever after book", this isn't it. I was pleased with the ending, it was fitting. And I felt reading this book was a bit cathartic, it wasn't a crier, but I felt refreshed afterwards.
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