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The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt
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Feb 14, 10

bookshelves: novel
Read from February 08 to 12, 2010

Late 19th century England novel. Struggling adolescent burns to create pots and finds himself being taken in by kind upper class people with the goal of helping him find his path. The story progresses over about 20 years, ending after World War I. I admit I skipped probably about 5% of the book. I know the stories created for each child of the family were important to how the mother saw that individual child, but I just didn't care to read about these stories or poems. The author brilliantly described important events of the time, but these, too, I eventually brushed over. The real enjoyment for me were the characters' stories. It's been a long time since I read through the night, discovering it was 5:00 a.m. and I had finally finished the book.

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