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Behind the Scenes at the Museum
     

Behind the Scenes at the Museum

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by Kate Atkinson
 

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A deeply moving family story of happiness and heartbreak, Behind the Scenes at the Museum is bestselling author Kate Atkinson's award-winning literary debut.

National Bestseller

Winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year

Ruby Lennox begins narrating her life at the moment of conception, and from there takes us

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A deeply moving family story of happiness and heartbreak, Behind the Scenes at the Museum is bestselling author Kate Atkinson's award-winning literary debut.

National Bestseller

Winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year

Ruby Lennox begins narrating her life at the moment of conception, and from there takes us on a whirlwind tour of the twentieth century as seen through the eyes of an English girl determined to learn about her family and its secrets. Kate Atkinson's first novel is "a multigenerational tale of a spectacularly dysfunctional Yorkshire family and one of the funniest works of fiction to come out of Britain in years" (The New York Times Book Review).

Editorial Reviews

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“Remarkable . . . A multigenerational tale of a spectacularly dysfunctional Yorkshire family and one of the funniest works of fiction to come out of Britain in years.” —Ben Mcintryre, The New York Times Book Review

“Scoundrels, malcontents, misfits, and cheats. Every family has them, though seldom are they handled with the winsome wit and wisecrackery that make Behind the Scenes at the Museum such a smart and funny read.” —The Washington Times

“Startlingly original . . . A poignant and beautifully wrought portrait of a young girl's growth.” —Johanna Stoberock, The Seattle Times

“Really comic, really tragic, bracingly unsentimental . . . What a triumph! What joy!” —The Boston Sunday Globe

“An effervescent, affecting delight.” —Rebecca Radner, The San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312150600
Publisher:
Picador
Publication date:
11/12/1999
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
91,626
Product dimensions:
5.45(w) x 8.18(h) x 0.91(d)

Meet the Author


Kate Atkinson is the author of Behind the Scenes at the Museum, winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year, Human Croquet, Emotionally Weird, Not the End of the World, Case Histories, One Good Turn, and Life after Life. She lives in Edinburgh, UK.

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Behind the Scenes at the Museum 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book while I was studying abroad in England, and I was just blown away by how wonderful it was. I was laughing out loud from the first page on, and at times I was laughing and crying at the same time. Atkinson writes about the ordinary and the everyday, but with such skill that you get sucked right into Ruby's world and you don't leave until the last page. Trust me, I've read a lot of books, and this is one of the funniest, saddest, most well-written books I've ever read. You'll love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I brought this book along on our honeymoon to Maui, and as great as the vacation was, this book was even better. I was actually depressed when it ended. A phenomenal writer, Kate Atkinson has a unique gift for character development and storytelling. I have been talking and thinking about this book since I read it in 2000, and have read everything else by the author since. This is what a novel should be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I adore this book, the plot and characters become so real as you read it, it's impossible not to get pulled in. This is the 2nd Whitbread winner that I've read, and I was definatley not disappointed!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kate Atkinson's mysteries involve far more character development than any others I've read, not in the common form of character descriptions, but through an interior view of her characters' thoughts and personal interactions. In Behind the Scenes at the Museum I found myself drawn into her characters' life stories as much as into the mystery plot. And, as with her other books, I found myself satisfied by a mystery well-solved, but also touched by the sadness and beauty of life I had just experienced through the reading.
AngieJG More than 1 year ago
I read the book from beginning to end. I enjoyed a different writing style from this author. I tend to read very serious historical fiction, so I enjoyed the humor throughout the book (though it was dark humor) I had a difficult time keeping track of all the characters, as the story goes back and forth between generations. I felt I needed a family tree nearby to remind me of who is who. I was left feeling rather melancholy and empty at the end of the book. The novel centers around Ruby, but I feel I never got to know her as an adult. Those important years are skipped over. This is the second novel I have read by Kate Atkinson. I don't think I will read another.
coffee_luvr More than 1 year ago
I started this book because it was a selection through a book club. I read some of the reviews and I was excited to get started on the book, however I was disappointed. I usually don't have problems getting through a book but I really, really had to force myself to finish this one. I put it aside a couple of times to read other selections but decided I had to finish this one. I had a very hard time following the multiple characters that were introduced in the footnote sections where the author flashes back in time to fill in the reader on the history of the family. Although I have read many books that go back and forth in time periods, this one really left me unsure of who was who and how they were related to the main character. I found most of the footnote sections were distracting and didn't help me to understand the current characters any better. The story started to be a bit more interesting to me from chapter 8 (last third of the book) to the end. I ended up skimming the footnote sections in the second third of the book rather than try to figure out how the characters were related. The only foot note sections that helped me understand the story were the ones in the last part of the book. Although it was an interesting and unique way to tell the story about Ruby, I struggled to get through it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Over the summer I decided to read books by authors that combined humor with tragedy. I read so many books that are wonderful but depressive! Anyway, this book really fit the bill. In the beginning, Ruby describes her own birth. She begins to reveal her family history in an innocent sort of way. By the end of the book she is all grown up and an insightful young lady. The journey she takes you on is one that will leave an impression on you. This is perhaps one of my favorite books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not put the book down. I cared about Ruby and what happened to her. What a family! So true to life in many cases. Unusual for me to laugh out loud but I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author writes in great detail both the semi-exciting and humdrum. I had great expectations for this story from the beginning but it fell a little flat too often for me. There is too much sadness that makes the relatvely good parts of this story get lost. That said, I wanted to finish it and did. I didn't enjoy much of it, but kept reading...much like watching a car wreck.
Guest More than 1 year ago
COULDN'T PUT THIS BOOK DOWN. WHAT A NOVEL WAY TO TELL A STORY
Miccox99 12 months ago
A mishmashed, zigzagging, mutli-generational plot that really goes nowhere. The author has no qualms about killing off her characters and that does nothing to clean up the cast of characters that you need a road map to follow as she just fills in with even more people. I will give the author credit for being skilled enough to keep me reading to the end, but I was left with a "seriously? This is it?" moment as soon as I finished! I was left with the impression that the author had tired of trying to string me along in this garbled story and ending up just sweeping them all into a dustpan and saying that's it folks! I stumbled upon this author after reading a Jackson Brody character book and realizing it was a part of a series so I thought I would start with the first book that the author wrote (this one) and work my way through. Now I wish I had just started with the first Jackson Brody and read those as this was a confused and twisted mess with annoying footnotes spread throughout that really didn't footnote a darn thing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It started far too slow and I had trouble keeping the people straight across the different time periods.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wallk in i curl up in the ruble of my castle and my village. Babies are crying. Its all gloomy and no one wants to live here but the people are stuck in this village.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
T ethics Who Is Your Master nm i need tgtbd
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Hmph..."