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Set in London at the turn of the last century, Falling Angels is a masterful, moving, and beautifully written novel from the author The Orlando Sentinel called "as attentive to the details of daily living as Jane Austen and Edith Wharton ever were."A fashionable London cemetery, January 1901: Two graves stand side by side, one decorated with an oversize classical urn, the ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Dutton Adult (first published 2001)
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K.D. Absolutely
Gaslit England during the turn of the century. The story starts during the funeral of Queen Victoria (1837-1901) and ends during the funeral of King Edward VII (1901-1910). On their visit to the cemetery to pay respect to their beloved queen, two families meet: the Colemans and the Waterhouses and their relationships are started by the friendship between their two 5-y/o daughters, Maude Coleman and Lavinia Waterhouse. They meet when they are 5 years old and the story ends when they are in the br ...more
Cheryl  Bennett
Jul 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women!
Recommended to Cheryl by: Patty
This book grabbed me from the very first page. Set at the turn of the century, the story takes place amidst the women's suffrage movement. Gender issues are also noted, whereas the man was the head of the household and "handled" the wife.
Each character speaks individually, allowing the reader to listen and decide for themselves where to put the importance of each character. The voice of the youngest children is included, as is the maid, cook, grave digger to the "gubner."
Issues of class are also
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Amy
Mar 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing
Once again Tracy Chevalier weaves a tale of everyday life in a different time- takes us gently through the customs and mores that define a particular point in hostory. She also allows her characters to unfold, not from one single point of view or from an omnipotent observer, but each from their own perspective. Through her words, they each grow and evolve- even the most shallow of characters shows surprising depth. The descriptive quality, simple prose, multiple perspectives, all help the story ...more
Susan Roy
When I picked the book I was intrigued by the time period and the vehicle of using several characters and their point of view to narrate the story. I read “Girl with the Pearl Earring” which I liked very much and thought the author did a marvelous job researching the period and bringing the time period and the characters were well developed. Based on my past experience with this author I thought I’d give it a try. Unfortunately I was deeply disappointed with this book.

Various characters in the
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Stacy
Jan 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Victorians were obsessed with death and sex. This book opens with the death of Queen Victoria, and ends with the death of King Edward, placing it squarely in Edwardian times, but the Victorian obsessions of death and sex are the two themes of this novel, pushing and pulling each other forward to modern times or back towards the Victorian age.

The book follows two rival families sharing adjacent cemetery plots and who eventually become next door neighbors. The two little girls become friends, the
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Tocotin
I found this book to be initially better than the infuriating "Girl with a Pearl Earring", maybe because it tried to present the story from different points of view, but then I got angry because the promise was totally unfulfilled. The characters were unbelievable and flat, as if written with some sort of manual in hand.

There were two girls who became friends despite the differences between their families and personalities, but nothing came out of it, because simply labeling one girl as "shallo
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Mary Pellecchia
Mar 16, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history buffs, feminists, people who enjoy experimental narrative
This takes place in Edwardian London, beginning the day after Victoria's death in 1901 and ending with the death of Edward VII in 1910. It concerns how the turn of the 20th Century affects two neighboring families, one of which hearkens back to the Victorian Era and one of which looks ahead to a new time. It especially concerns the incredibly stifling lives of women at the time. The mother in the forward family becomes a suffragette, pushing them forward perhaps a bit faster than they would wish ...more
Dinjolina
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تاحالا جنازه ندیده ام . گفتن این حرف از یک گورکن بعید به نظر می رسد . تمام روز را با جنازه های اطرافم سر میکنم ولی همه شان توی تابوت اند . درشان محکم میخ شده اند و روی شان هم خاک ریخته شده . بعضی وقت ها می ایستم روی یک تابوت ، داخل قبر . بین من و جنازه فقط چند سانتی متر فاصله است . اما نمی بینمش . اگر زمان بیشتری را بیرون از قبرستان صرف می کردم جنازه های بیشتری می دیدم . مسخره است ، مادر و خواهرهایم صدتاشان را دیده اند . همه زن ها و بچه هایی که موقع دنیا آمدن مرده اند و یا همسایه هایی که از گرسن ...more
Amin
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
هیچ چیز ناراحتکنندهتر از آن نیست که کسی متوجه نباشد داری تنبیهش میکنی


انتخاب این کتاب برای خوندن در ابتدا تقریبا هیچ توجیهی نداشت. نه نمرهی گودریدزش خوب بود، نه قبلا از نویسنده کتابی خونده بودم، نه کسی از دوستانم خونده بودش که به من پیشنهاد بده. شاید علت اینکه این کتاب رو از قفسهی کتابخونه برداشتم و امانت گرفتم، خیلی مضحک بیاد، اما واقعیت داره: رنگ عطف و پشت جلد کتاب و برگهای بالکیاش

مطمئنا چنین دلیلی نمیتونه برای انتخاب یک کتاب دلیل منطقیای باشه، اما خوشبختانه «سقوط فرشتگان» کتاب خوبی از آب در
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Pam Jenoff
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love everything Chevalier has written but this unique story set in Edwardian London has been a particular, long-time favorite. The story focuses on the friendship of two young girls from different backgrounds and includes several perspectives, including that of a gravedigger's son and an ardent suffragette. A well-researched piece of historical fiction and a gripping story.
Alex
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book from the first to the last page. When Maude Coleman and Lavinia Waterhouse, both five years of age, meet at their families' adjoining cemetery plots on the day after Queen Victoria's death, the friendship that results between sensitive, serious-minded Maude and narcissistic, melodramatic Livy is not unlikely, despite the difference in social classes. But the continuing presence in their lives of a young gravedigger, Simon Field, is. Far too cheeky for a boy of his age and cla ...more
Riadiani Marcelita
I love how this book exposes so many different aspects of the Victorian lifestyle; from people with high society statuses, to servants and even a gravedigger's son. The fact that the story is told through the eyes of thirteen very different characters makes it even more interesting to read, since I never seemed to get bored with the whole concept of the story.

Through this book I can delve into the past and examine the London lifestyle in the Victorian era that I didn't have much clue about befor
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Alison
Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Tracy Chevalier's book I read. I really enjoyed the style of writing and the different perspectives. The main theme of the book is rather sombre and poignant as it mostly revolves around death and mourning but despite all this, I liked it a lot as it also includes the Victorians' way of thinking when faced with a death of a loved one. A favourite topic of mine - the suffragettes, is also mentioned quite frequently during the latter half of the novel. Although, it does not form ...more
Colleen
Nov 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I totally enjoyed this book even though I didn't give it a 5 star. But it was a "period" book that gave a glimpse of the historical importance of cemetaries for "preambling" and for showing the wealth and position that each person held. But, even more than that, what it was like for ladies of the time to live in the parameters of the lives they were destined for. And the children who also fell into that society and what is expected of them. Fascinating stuff -- to me. Well written book and would ...more
Terry Mark
This is the third Tracey Chevalier book I've read and my least favourite. I quite liked the early stages of the book when the girls first met and their times playing in the cemetery but for me the book then went down hill and got more depressing and very sad, and I realise it was probably a very miserable time for a lot of people at that time but it dragged me down with it I'm afraid.So that won't be going on to my bookshelf with the other two.I hope it can find it's way to someone else's.
Magrat Ajostiernos
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
No me ha gustado mucho :(
Personajes planos, previsibles y con poca fuerza. Tramas vistas una y mil veces... En fin, me quedo con el contexto, que al menos se nota que la autora se documentó para realizar el libro
Lori Anderson
This was one of those stories that brought tears to my eyes at the end. It's an Edwardian tale of friendship, tragedy, loss, and recovery.

Some people say this book isn't plausible because friendships between a richer yet well-grounded girl, a less-rich but melodramatic girl, and a lowly grave-digger their age is highly unlikely. I would say, things happen when kids are involved. You never know who your friends will be.

I was little jarred when the story line, which is told by the point of view of
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Jo Ellen
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I abandoned the last book I was reading because after reading halfway through the book, I felt no interest in any of the characters. The opposite was true of the people in this novel. I was immediately caught up in all of their lives from the beginning. And I must say, the beginning was rather shocking considering the novel started in 1901.
A cemetery and the suffragette movement provided dramatic backdrops for each character to narrate his/her story. I was amazed at how much one can learn about
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Sheyda Dehghan
در دنیای واقعی کارکتری مثل "لیوی" یا بقول خودش "لاوینیا" فقط در دنیای بچگانه ش دوستداشتنیه، تازه اونهم زمانیکه جنبه های منفیشو نادیده بگیریم اما وقتی بزرگ میشه تبدیل میشه به یکی مثل "کیتی کولمن". امیدوارم دو گروه "روشنفکرها" و "روشنفکرنماها" دست از بزرگ کردن بیخودی کارکترهایی مثل کیتی کولمن و خانم بوواری بردارند! آدمای خودخواه و بی مسئولیتی که اطرافیانشونو ذله میکنن. اگر کسی خلاف این فکر میکنه چطوره نظرشو درمورد داشتن یه همچین مادر، خواهر یا همسری بپرسیم؟
کتاب حرف خاصی برای گفتن نداشت! یه ماجرای
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Diana
Mar 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this author, and the subject matter of this book was so macabre, yet intriguing. On my last trip to London we visited Highgate cemetery (which the fictional cemetery in this book is based on. Chevalier describes everything is such detail. Highgate was a Victorian cemetery and can only be toured on the Victorian side with a guide. I was as enchanted with this book as I was with the cemetery. Both gave me chills.
Ilija Ilić
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars
I love this women!
Elahe
Dec 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
سقوط فرشتگان از آن کتاب هاییست که نمی توانم تصمیم بگیرم دوستش دارم یا نه.
داستان با مرگ ملکه ویکتوریا در سال 1901 شروع می شود و به مدت نه سال (سال های سلطنت ادوارد هفتم) سرنوشت دو خانواده را دنبال می کند.
نثر کتاب نثر مخصوص و دوست داشتنی تریسی شوالیه است. نثری روان با همان توصیف ها و جزئیات دقیق که در «دختری با گوشواره مروارید» هم استفاده شده و این بار مخاطب را به ابتدای قرن بیستم و آغاز تغییرات در انگلستان ویکتوریایی می برد. تریسی شوالیه در این کتاب از چندین راوی اول شخص استفاده کرده بود و تقریب
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Dana Loo
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Straordinariamente brava la Chevalier anche in questo romanzo storico/sociale molto introspettivo e non solo per ciò che riguarda la scelta della struttura narrativa, una sorta di diario a POV alternati che coinvolge tutti i protagonisti, anche quelli minori. Una storia che presenta un plot tutto sommato sobrio ma che fa emergere, attraverso la voce e i comportamenti dei vari protagonisti i contrasti, le diversità, gli scontri, i pensieri, le interiorità, i disagi di ognuno di loro. Tutto si svo ...more
Anne
Jun 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read and enjoyed a couple of Tracy Chevalier novels, Falling Angels was published in 2002 and it is another great historical read - quirky, informative, at times very funny and some great characters.

It starts at the beginning of the twentieth century and is set in London, narrated by different characters including members of two families and a grave digger's son who lives and works in the neighbouring cemetery.

The two main characters are the two females of the families - Kitty and Gertrude.
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LindyLouMac
May 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is the third novel by Tracy Chevalier that I have read and I have found them all utterly compelling and so different. I loved the choice of title which I felt was a clever use of symbolism, with angels falling throughout the book! The opening chapter may well surprise you about those staid Victorians.
Falling Angels is about the friendship of two little girls Lavinia Waterhouse and Maude Coleman.
Covering the time from when they first met in the local g
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Julie
Ok, this is my third Tracy Chevalier book, and I think I'm done with her now. I really, really enjoyed Girl With a Pearl Earring, which had a lovely atmosphere and focused on subject matter very interesting to me.

This one didn't have those draws. I picked this up because it's right around Election Day and I thought it was all about the women's suffrage movement. Instead, I find it's a story about two families at the turn of the century, and their seriously petty, semi-dysfunctional problems. Wow
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Ileen
Secondo il mio parere questo è il vero capolavoro della Chevalier. Leggerlo è stata una lotta contro il tempo, divorando le pagine.
La storia come sempre ambietata nel passato, in un momento particolare, la prima settimana di Gennaio del 1900. Siamo in Inghilterra. Due famiglie abbastanza diverse tra loro si incontrano/scontrano per la prima volta in un cimitero, perchè le rispettive tombe di famiglia sono contigue.
Da questo momento le loro vite rimarranno inesorabilmente intrecciate, loro malgr
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Betty Strohecker
Tracy Chevalier's inspriration for this novel was a visit to London's Highgate Cemetery, a very fashionable place to be buried during the Victorian period, but one that fell into disrepair after WWI. She set this story from 1901 - 1910, the end of the Victorian period and its traditions, moving into a more modern age, Edwardian. Her tale revolves around two familes - the Waterhouses, who cling to their Victorian values, and the Colemans, who are looking toward the future. These familes own neigh ...more
Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
Set in Edwardian London, Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier takes place from January 1901 to May 1910 and was a joy to read.

This historical novel confidently covers themes of mourning, mourning etiquette, class and the suffragette movement with an engaging and natural writing style.

The chapters are narrated in the first person by several of the main characters, although each character picks up the thread of the story and continues with it, rather than re-living the same events from their point o
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19 October 1962 in Washington, DC. Youngest of 3 children. Father was a photographer for The Washington Post.

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Nerdy. Spent a lot of time lying on my bed reading. Favorite authors back then: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madeleine L’Engle, Zilpha Keatley Snyder, Joan Aiken, Susan Cooper, Lloyd Alexander. Book I would have taken to a desert island: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.

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