The Children's Book Hardcover – 7 May 2009
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...The Children's Book... reassures us there will be more worlds, more unique social juxtapositions and more potted educations from Byatt. --The Independent
Intellectual zest keeps the book sizzling with ideas... this is the most stirring novel Byatt has written since Possession. --The Sunday Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
By the author of the bestselling modern classic Possession, a marvellous, gripping, panoramic novel of family secrets, predators and innocents, war and peace, art and society. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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There are sections throughout where Byatt is obviously trying to illustrate the period by using lots of historical references which I though were a little long-winded. I also found the poetry chapter near the end a bit indulgent (in that it didn't further the story). Despite this I found The Children's Book quite captivating.
It reminded me a little of Arthur and George by Julian Barnes, perhaps because of the era. If you enjoyed that book I think you will like this also.
There are also some dark secrets in this seemingly idyllic world but I won't spoil it for you. Read it, it's the best book I've read this year. It's my first A.S.Byatt but I will be reading more.
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