Burning Bright

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Burning Bright 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
BeenToBaliToo More than 1 year ago
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!
just-a-thot More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading Girl with a Pearl Earring, I bough up following novels by Chevalier. Loved them. Did not hesitate to buy Burning Bright without even reviewing it. I am very disappointed in this one. Will not even finish it. Nowhere near the complex, rich stories in former novels. She relies on all the sounds and smells of this old world to give color and atmosphere. However, the story and characters just do not matter. The whole thing seems very amateurish to me. Sorry. Hope Chevalier redeems herself with next novel. Please !
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
MELKI More than 1 year ago
For a writer I truly like, this book was rather dissapointing. So the real rating is two and half stars. There's something lacking in this book. I didn't totally dislike it but didn't like it that much either. As for the other reviews, you can notice some praise it and some say it's not a good piece of fiction. Personally, I think it is in between. It has some good things but, all in all, it doesn't satisfy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a Tracy Chevalier fan - love her attention to time period detail. This was not my favorite of her works, but it is well-researched.
Rich-NH More than 1 year ago
The cover copy on the book talked about how these children influenced William Blake. He's at best a minor supporting character in the book. Even with that disappointment this title was far less engaging and interesting than her other books like Remarkable Creatures.
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littlebear514 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and it made me interested in the works of William Blake.
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Elizabeth I (7 September 1533 - 24 March 1603) <>> I havent even read this book yet, was reading reviews trying to decide if I want to read it... when I saw the "Queen Elizabeth I" comment I had to say something... Dont trash a book if you cant even read it... Intelligent comments help people like me decide if they want to read a book... that one single comment about the dates of Queen Elizabeth made me want to read this book all the more...
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