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This review is from: Burning Bright (Paperback)
This story is set in 18th century London and supposedly revolves around two children and the erudite figure of William Blake. One is struck with a certain authenticity in the way in which Chevalier writes, and there is very little against her quality of writing. The problem lies in her subject matter.
On the back of the cover it explains how the book is "Sparkling with seduction...drama", yet the drama that does come along is brief and shortlived. The action usually happens to her main children characters, but the way in which she describes these rare scenes of action is such that she almost treats her reader as a child.
And there in lies her main fault. The mark of a good story is registered not by how much is said, but by how much is not said, leaving the rest for the reader to make the connection. Chevalier does not leave enough to the reader to work out, and the mind switches off. She has become so absorbed with her characters and eighteenth century London that she has completely forgotten and disregarded her reader, leaving an empty, boring shell of a story to merely pass the time before her next novel.
Disappointing from an author of such quality.