20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
A reliably good read,
This review is from: Falling Angels (Paperback)
This was my first Tracy Chevalier read, but it certainly won't be my last. My reading group read this because one of our members had read Girl with a Pearl Earring and liked Chevalier's style, but this turned out to be one of the most successful book group sessions we've had to date.
This novel is very readable and the device of having different characters narrate the story keeps it really fresh. It was also difficult to put this book down as I felt compelled to find out what was going to happen to all of the characters. This novel also transports you to what must have been a really interesting time for society, on the cusp of leaving the Victorian age of repression behind and entering the new 'modern' Edwardian age of progress.
Each character seems to be well-rounded with good and bad points but we are still left with unanswered questions about why some of them act in the way they do, which I think is just how a good book should be - not necessarily giving you ALL the answers, but definitely giving you something to think about. It also integrates contemporary history into the novel as seen on a large scale (women's suffrage) but also intimately records history on a small scale through two families' daily lives.
I read that Chevalier is considering writing a sequel to this novel and I have to say that I would be interested in reading it. For those interested in this novel, I would suggest they look at [...] AFTER they have read Falling Angels, so as not to give anything away beforehand. Thumbs up, Ms Chevalier!