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Burning Bright: A Novel

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book

I was a bit skeptical reading this book after i read the reviews, but after reading it I loved it. I think it was one of her best novels, she gave life to all the characters and the time frame. I couldn't put it down. It reminded me of my favorite novel by her (Girl wit...
I was a bit skeptical reading this book after i read the reviews, but after reading it I loved it. I think it was one of her best novels, she gave life to all the characters and the time frame. I couldn't put it down. It reminded me of my favorite novel by her (Girl with a Pearl Earring), the way she used some part of history as a back drop of the story. This time using a person, William Blake, in Girl with a Pearl Earring using the picture. I recomend any Tracy Chevalier fan to read this, her flawless style comes alive in this book.

posted by Anonymous on September 2, 2007

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Misses the Mark

Although I am very much a Chevalier fan, this book misses the mark. I couldn't tell what the point of the book was until about three quarters of the way through. And, even at the end, it left me feeling like the entire read was a waste of time. However, I highly reco...
Although I am very much a Chevalier fan, this book misses the mark. I couldn't tell what the point of the book was until about three quarters of the way through. And, even at the end, it left me feeling like the entire read was a waste of time. However, I highly recommend all Chevalier's other books!

posted by BeenToBaliToo on February 6, 2011

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  • Posted June 5, 2010

    Must love poetry

    This is about William Blake, and young people who live around him. It is very realistic historically, however, I didn't care for the poetry within the story. A very good story though, if you can skip the poetry.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2013

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    Excellent Read Especially for Chevalier Fans! Of all Tracy Cheva

    Excellent Read Especially for Chevalier Fans!
    Of all Tracy Chevalier's novels this is probably my favorite. The plot, which weaves several very interesting story lines together, follows a smalltown working class family's adjustment to London in the late 18th century. It is filled with adventure and excitement. Each family member has his or her own colorful and unique experiences as well as their own share of pain and transforming life lessons. Romance is a major theme, particularly for the eldest son, Jem, who shares innocent young love with the sassy, spit fire Maggie. As usual, Chevalier provides exquisitely vivid details throughout, and the period was clearly well-researched.

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  • Posted May 31, 2011

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    A Touching Read

    I really enjoyed this book and it made me interested in the works of William Blake.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    terrific historical fiction

    In 1792 following a tragedy, the Kellaway family leaves their Dorsetshire village Piddletrenthide for London at the encouragement of Philip Astley, owner of Astley¿s Circus. The city seems initially overwhelming compared to where they lived, but the Kellaway brood begins to adapt although they struggle to earn enough to keep food on the table and everyone under one roof. The youngest child Jem quickly makes friends with street urchin Maggie. Together they explore the city and meet the Kellaway next door neighbor renowned radical poet William Blake at a time when the French Revolution has people either frightened that the zealots will cross the Channel or excited about a chance to reform the excesses of the royals and the aristocracy. Meanwhile Blake finds motivation with the adventures of Maggie and Jem in London as he begins to write a coming of age poems, Songs of Innocence and Experience. --- BURNING BRIGHT is a terrific historical fiction that brings to life the expectations and fears of Londoners during the French Revolution. The Kellaway family (especially Jem) and Maggie are fully developed so that the audience obtains a strong sense of how they see things especially the fears that the family will have to break up to survive. Blake is an interesting addition to the mix, but forcing the Songs of Innocence and Experience as being inspired by the preadolescent stars seems unlikely. Still this is a strong look at London knowing Paris is burning. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2007

    Impressive historical fiction

    Believe it or not this is the first of Ms Chevalier's books I've read, having only seen the movie of 'Girl with the Pearl Earring'. The inclusion of William Blake as a character attracted me to 'Burning Bright' and though he is really one of the 'supporting cast' of this novel, he is important in the lives of the main characters to the forefront of the story. Chevalier's ability to re-create time, place and social conditions without pages and pages of unnecessary padding is a joy in this era of huge doorstop novels - many of which fail to deliver. In this beautifully told tale of eighteen century London, that certainly isn't the case. This won't be the last Tracy Chevalier novel I'll read.

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