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The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt
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Dec 10, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: adult-fiction, historical-fiction
Read in December, 2009

I would have given it 4 3/4 stars if I could. A comfortable family, with children's book author Olive Wellwood at its heart, wanders through so many interesting issues of the late 19th century: Fabian socialism, the Arts & Crafts Movement, free love, women's sufferage, folklore and fairytales, the new field of psychology, and somehow winds up in the trenches of the Somme. As I say, at 700 pages, the book wanders a bit, stopping to enjoy what remains of pastoral England, but what a lovely and very moving read. I highly recommend this title for those are who are facinated with this period of history or fans of A.S. Byatt. Since I fit both categories I intend to read it again.

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