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The Children's Book

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

The Eerie Coterie's Fall 2009 "Dark Pages" Selection

The Eerie Coterie's first nominated "Dark Pages" selection is one of the best books of 2009. As our fall Conversation Group choice you are in for one breathtaking ride. The Children's Book is a Victorian novel encompassed by the Wellwoods and the Fludds, two families ...
The Eerie Coterie's first nominated "Dark Pages" selection is one of the best books of 2009. As our fall Conversation Group choice you are in for one breathtaking ride. The Children's Book is a Victorian novel encompassed by the Wellwoods and the Fludds, two families of unending mystery. Olive Wellwood is a children's book writer and creates a different story for each of her own children. A.S. Byatt is one of those rare writers who can tackle themes buffered by fairy tales, supernatural elements, mythology and magic and give you a tale so beautifully entwined with real life moments that it always comes out believable. The Eerie Coterie is proud to have THE CHILDREN'S BOOK by A.S. Byatt be our Fall 2009 featured title. The book jacket alone is worth it for you to pick up.

posted by TheEerieCoterie on October 6, 2009

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A disappointed reader

I was extremely disappointed with this book. It evoked a sense of frustration and confusion. The author introduces a few characters and I honestly don't think there was a main character. For a minute I thought Olive might be the heroine of the story but her story went n...
I was extremely disappointed with this book. It evoked a sense of frustration and confusion. The author introduces a few characters and I honestly don't think there was a main character. For a minute I thought Olive might be the heroine of the story but her story went nowhere. I don't mind the fact that there were so many characters, but I do mind that each character wasn't developed. I didn't fall in love or care deeply about any of them, since the author didn't talk in depth about any of them. She introduced them to me, gave me a glance into their lives, but I didn't feel any connection with any of them, well except for one character who is Tom but he was short lived. The ending was sad, yes, I didn't feel sad or hurt or sympathy or any feeling of loss, I didn't know any of the characters to care so much about what happened to any of them , and I was very very happy that the book was over and done with.

posted by DiniOv on October 28, 2009

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  • Posted February 14, 2010

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    The Children's Book!

    This is a great book in its scope and originality. At least, I've never read anything like it before and it was the first novel by Byatt that I've read. I loved the characters and the various historical figures that come in and out of the novel. I love how Byatt evokes a strong sense of place no matter if we are in England, Germany or France. Her knowledge of England at the turn of the 19th century is astounding. If you like historical fiction than this is for you! Also if you want to learn a few things or simply love art, this is for you! My only criticism of this book is that at times it becomes tedious as Byatt tends to stray away from the action of the story and jumps into page long explanations of background information that tends to bore. I think it could've been a bit shorter and I think the ending wraps up to suddenly and comes off as slightly contrived. I would recommend this to someone who is looking for an intellectual and thought provoking book, not someone looking for a quick read. I read fast and it took me two months while reading other books to get through this dense novel!

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  • Posted June 10, 2011

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    Really Wanted to Love This Book

    OK. I am mid-way through the book. I so wanted to love this book. The premise is engaging and the embedded fairy tales are enjoyable. However, so far there just does not seem like there is a plot, but a series of incidents strung together and loosely bound. I feel frustrated. It took a while to understand who all these characters were, and I am hoping for more intertwining, but so far, the novel feels more like a series of vignettes. I may have to put it down and pick up another one.

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  • Posted April 11, 2010

    Byatt Brings It On...

    'The Children's Hour' an excellent read. The connections and layering of plot & sub-plot, of characters & motivation...all engaging. The characters are well written and compelled to move forward. The plot line is engaging & interesting. Byatt is a master at connecting historical facts and moving ahead with energy and passsion.

    Enjoyed 'Possession' & now this really fabulous story. jk

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