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The Children's Book In my reading of this I alternated between deep admiration of Byatt and deep irritation with her She has put all the force of her prodigious talent into burying the threads of two or three really interesting novels of reasonable length in this over sized book In a way, it is like a vast tapestry of the cultural movements in England, and to some extent Germany, from 1895 to 1919 with fascinating personal stories that can be perceived if you peer up close , but really it s of a vast tangled mess, bogged down with interminable descriptions, leaden fairy tales, bland discourses on history and cultural and artistic movements We are never allowed t Reading The Children s Book for the second time has solidified its place as one of my all time favorite books Historical fiction when written well is one of my favorite genres Here Byatt has used her characters, settings and action to bring history in all its parts to life, supplementing with occasional narratives on history and the arts We readers encounter the family, the arts in many forms, philosophy and religion, politics, education, women s rights and gender politics, everything it seems in the years leading up to World War I These were tumultuous years of societal change in England and Europe, generational change that Byatt shows through the development of her novel.Perhaps I will read this again someday for a third time and savor the writing again, the evocative descriptions of pots being created or the sea roiling off the marshes I do recommend this novel strongly to readers who are interested in spending time with these people and their stories They can t be hurried 5 Review written October, 2010 First read 9 3 2010 to 10 04 2010 This is a portrai Un Luogo Quasi Incantato Il Victoria Albert Museum Di Londra, Con Collezioni Straordinariamente Ricche Non A Caso Olive Wellwood, Autrice Di Libri Per L Infanzia, Venuta Qui Per Trarre Ispirazione In Vista Di Un Nuova Storia E Mentre Conversa Con Prosper Cain, Uno Dei Responsabili Del Museo, L Attenzione Dei Loro Figli Adolescenti Tom E Julian, Che Stanno Perlustrando Le Infinite Gallerie, Attratta Dalla Misteriosa Figura Di Un Ragazzo Intento A Disegnare Alcuni Dei Preziosi Artefatti Prende Le Mosse Da Questo Episodio E Da Questo Luogo Carico Di Memoria, Di Idee, Di Creativit , Una Narrazione Che, Seguendo Le Vicende Di Quattro Famiglie E Di Molti Altri Personaggi, Conduce Il Lettore Dal 1895 Alla Prima Guerra Mondiale Todefright, La Accogliente Casa Nel Kent In Cui Olive Vive Con Il Marito Humphry E I Loro Sette Figli, In Un Certo Senso Il Luogo Simbolo In Cui Trovano Espressione Tutte Le Contraddittorie Istanze Politiche, Sociali E Artistiche Che Attraversano E Scuotono L Inghilterra E L Europa In Quei Decenni L Infanzia Diventa Oggetto Di Intenso Fascino Che Trova Riscontro In Una Straordinaria Fioritura Di Libri Per E Sui Bambini Con Il Passare Degli Anni Tuttavia, L Intonaco Inizia A Sfaldarsi Sino All Inizio Della Guerra Disappointment beaten up by Byatt s wooden prose, after which she vomited her semi digested research over me Apart from that it is a great book Admittedly I was disappointed because I had this idea that Byatt was a good and accomplished novelist Had I believed that this was the author s first novel I might have been excited by its promise and ambition, fooling myself that future books with judicious rewriting and hard pruning would be good literature Ahhhggrh Reading this book I was struck somewhere round about half way through that this was a translation into English of Ragtime Since some of you may protest that Ragtime was written in English, perhaps it is better to say that this is a translation into England Ragtime ends with the invention of Hollywood, The Children s Book with the aftermath of World War One, and naturally given its translation into an English setting there is institutionalised sexual abuse perpetrated on children by children, and male homosexuality In addition to both books interest in creativity, the relationships between adults and children, politics, changing ideas about childhood in particular and society in general due both to the political environment and the appearance of Freud, new technol Including some status updates material in this Not even at the halfway point yet, but I am so baffled and dismayed I love Byatt loved Possession like everyone else, but I schooled myself to love the Frederica Potter quartet and other novels too , this book is all about topics I love, and so it totally should be my jam, as the kids say, and.instead it s like the dire moment in Little Women when Meg wails about how the jelly won t jell I think the biggest problem is the characters some critics compared this to Middlemarch, but Middlemarch is all about its characters, who leap immediately to mind the idealistic Dorothea, the vulnerable Lydgate, wild Will, vengeful Causabon, each face and personality rendered distinct The relative flatness of people in Possession didn t matter because it was a satire, and the amount of satire in the Frederica Quartet contrasted with some real tragedies, like Jude Mason s carried those people fairly well Frederica was that very odd thing, a self portrait intended to provoke dislike Byatt seems to specialize in that Also, there were a LOT FEWER people in even the Quartet books It s not so much that there are too many people in this novel although there are but they re really not differentiated If I have to keep reminding myself Phyllis is not Dorothy Phyllis is the pretty shallow one, Three days after finishing the audiobook version of this novel, I m still partly in the detailed and intricate world Byatt created I didn t want the book to end and I miss the characters A saga about the lives of its inter related characters between 1895 and 1919, the novel concerns itself with the history of England and to a lesser extent Germany during that period It deals with subjects including Fabian socialism, the Arts and Crafts movement, neo paganism, the anarchist movement, education, women s suffrage, writing for children, puppetry and pottery It s also concerned with parent child and sibling relationships, sexuality, truth, trust, deceit, betrayal and hypocrisy The work is hugely ambitious a monster of book filled to bursting point with detail Clothing, meals, parties, modes of transport and works of art are minutely described Historical characters share the stage with fictional ones an aging Oscar Wilde is seen at the Paris Exhibition in 1900, Rupert Brooke attends Fabian summer camp, the characters go to an early performance of JM Barrie s Peter Pan, Marie Stopes is met when she is studying in Germany Byatt painstakingly recreates the late Victorian and the Edwardian period as she explores the lives of a small segment of the population artists, free thinkers and intellectuals I might have enjoyed the work less if I had known about the Viste le mie esperienze precedenti con l autrice, lo inizio con grande gioia Siamo nel 1895, agli albori di quello che diventer il Victoria and Albert Museum, quel luogo veramente inarrivabile di godimenti e delizie Arbasino, Fratelli d Italia, capitolo Londra molti anni prima, anche il primo romanzo del quartetto di Frederica Potter, La vergine nel giardino, iniziava in un museo la National Portrait Gallery.E quindi la decorazione l arte applicata alla vita, la bellezza inseparabile dall utilit , l artigianato degli oggetti e l artigianato delle parole tutte le cose hanno forme visibili e invisibili Ambiente di fabiani, socialisti, anarchici, artisti, scrittrici di fiabe, aleggia William Morris tanti bambini, grandi case in campagna, lontano dal pazzo smog cittadino Grandissimo numero di personaggi, grandi scene di massa, come quella che ruota intorno alla festa di mezz estate mascherata, rappresentazione, teatro, marionette che mettono in scena Hoffmann mi viene in mente il primo romanzo La vergine nel giardino, che ruotava intorno a una testo da mettere in scena Nella concezione della letteratura come possibilit di vivere pi vite, e ancor meglio di scriverle e di leggerle dunque di viverne un essen The Children s Book gives the reader a big and sprawling story It centers around Humphrey and Olive Wellwood, living in a big house called Todefright love that name , and all their kids, friends, neighbors and other people that impact their life But most of all their kids There s quite a lot of historical background to all of this, and the main focus is on art communities and women s rights The book spans from around 1885 to the end of the First World War.We get to meet a great variety of characters struggling with different life challenges Most of them are artistic and or politically active, and they give us many different perspectives to delve into And Byatt writes children very well But there are simply too many characters for everyone s story to be properly fleshed out The focus shifts from one to another as the pages turn, and although some get attention than others, there aren t really any clear main characters that we get to follow consistently throughout the book One thing I really liked, though, is that we get to see most characters both from the inside, and through the eyes of others Byatt pulls this of pretty well.The book is filled with long passages describing glazed pots, drawings, colors and textures, nature, puppet theater, etc etc., and Olive, the m I looked forward to read this book I was ready for a sweeping saga about the turbulent years between the closing of the Victorian age and the dawn of the Edwardian, with all its political, artistic and social ferment, and its culmination in the war to end all wars Who can better chronicle these years than Byatt, with her deep knowledge of the period and her knack for creating affecting, memorable characters like Randolph Henry Ash and Christabel LaMotte in Possession A Romance Her cast of characters here is vast, representing nearly the full spectrum of English society at the end of the 19th century There are, among others, Fabians, potters, suffragettes, Theosophists, working class runaways, a city banker, a museum director, a Russian anarchist and a German puppet master There are literally dozens of characters that we have to keep track of, and it could be quite a challenge to remember who is who and what their political philosophical views are It doesn t help at all that each character necessarily gets a short shrift, due to having to share the stage with so many others This constant shifting of focus mea I savored this novel every evening for the 2 months or so that I chipped away at its formidable length A.S Byatt has written a whopping, inimitable masterpiece of a heavy handed Victorian England succumbing to the blithe, jaunty Edwardian era which in turn gives way to the disillusionment and terror of trench warfare and World War I Byatt, so unapologetically erudite, gives us a labyrinthine novel that is both devastating and whimsical It s full of complexity and contradictions, stories within stories, and an abundance of detail, both historical and literary, so that people and objects d art almost become palpable Byatt can be a bit pedantic at times, and in this work she is often overly descriptive and uses authorial elucidation too much, so that it seems she s doing our research work for us, especially with regard to historical background Generally, though, her lavish descriptions and exposition work because we re invited, through her garrulity, to live in this world she has built and conjure it according to her exact instructions Moreover, when she interrupts her narrative fervor it is always expo

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