Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Book Review: The Children's Book

I liked The Children's Book (by A.S. Byatt) a lot. For a number of reasons...

1. It was so densely packed with characters and storylines - they all intermingled with the same level of complication you get in real life with real people. There was growing up, love, death, secrets, war, peace, pain, loss, birth, joy, art, history, writing, travel, girls, boys, the old and the young.

2. It's thick. It took me a couple of weeks to read. There was time to get to know the characters, and to get interested in their lives.

3. It's pretty. It's blue and gold and pretty.

4. It wasn't predictable. Again like life, some people did what you'd expect, others not at all. I didn't see the events unfolding before they'd started.

5. There is an undercurrent of bohemian artsy creativeness. There are writers, potters, jewellery makers and painters. But there are also bankers, feminists, doctors, teachers and maids. And they're all fascinating.

These are just a few of the reasons I'd recommend this book. Have you read it? Did you like it?


  1. Thanks for the recommendation. will check the book out!

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  2. sounds really good! i just might have to check it out. just curious, how many pages was it? not that i can't read big books (haha), but sometimes i start them and get bored/frustrated with the length, by the middle of it.

  3. I collect children's book, mainly for the quirky illustrations~ always charmed by them somehow!
    Of course the stories are great as well...


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