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Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier
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Jan 16, 2010

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bookshelves: british, historical-fiction, released-through-bookcrossing

This reads like a YA book (except for one scene); it is a little simplistic and the main characters are children between 11 and 15, but the descriptions of London, the countryside of Dorsetshire, the circus, the craft of button making and the craft of making Windsor chairs in the 1790’s were all interesting to me. William Blake plays a main role, but he didn't really come alive for me as a reader, although that may be because I didn't understand his poetry. I liked him as a human being, the way he was portrayed as being a moral man of courage and staunch character. The characters were all a bit under-drawn though, pale, like you might have been looking at them through a window rather than being in the midst of them.
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