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Behind The Scenes At The Museum Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jan 1996
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'A blinding debut from a Yorkshire mother-of-two
straight-up simplicity veils the depth, poignancy and poetry of her story' -- Time Out
'An astounding book without doubt one of the finest novels I have read for years' -- The Times
'Enchanting. It hops with sprightly omniscience from past to future and back again' -- The Sunday Times
Little short of a masterpiece Fizzing with wit and energy, Kate Atkinsons hilarious novel made me laugh and cry -- Daily Mail
Kate Atkinson’s brilliant and unforgettable first novel, which won the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year Prize.See all Product description
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I am at a loss with regard to the negative reviews of this book since the whole tome has a happy knack of making even the mundane and even tragic seem amusing. In her notes, the author suggests that this book is really a paean to York and if this picturesque city does feature heavily, it is fair to say that the colourful characters Kate Atkinson has drawn seem far more realistic. In many ways the lives of the characters in this book are either unfulfilled or somewhat tragic. However, I felt that they were drawn sympathetically and often in a humorous fashion, none more so that Ruby's somewhat dysfunctional parents. This author is hugely entertaining and manages to capture a host of historical events from the 20th century as diverse as the Great War and the 1966 World Cup final yet the more ordinary occasions also resonate with the last minute holiday in Whitby being a highlight in the book.
Like her other books, this novel is not particularly aimed at either men or women and I think it is something that most people would relish. For me, the beauty of this book is how seemingly insignificant issues or elements within the story resonate in the future and how parts of the story are not necessarily narrated accurately by members of particular generations. Ultimately, there are a couple of stings in the tail towards the end of the book which you might not necessarily see coming and I felt a somewhat of a loss when I had finished this book and said goodbye to the extended Lennox family.
The main character grows up just after the war and has moments that are memorable for people growing up in this era. E.g. Red rose from the Daz washing powder