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The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt
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Dec 07, 2009

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Read in December, 2009

I did like this book but with some ambivilence. I really did like the characters and how love affairs totally dictated their lives. My favorite is Dorothy who decides to become a doctor even though it means she has to become a doctor nun. The whole Wellwood family seems to be full of awful secrets, mostly of women having children out of all forms of wedlock. The only fault I found with the book was how it had resorted to feminist cliches. Many of the plot devices were around when Byatt used them first in the Shadow of the Sun and reoccur here. However, Olive is an interesting and original character, and it is fascinating how she uses her children's stories to create her own. It should have been explored more though. I do recommend this book not only for the story but for the history, it recreates a Victorian society that really was only moral and good on the surface.

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10/21/2009 page 78
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