Sunday, 4 April 2010

Behind the Scenes at the Museum.

I have just finished reading Behind the Scenes of the Museum by  Kate Atkinson, which was such an engrossing and powerful read that I thought I must share it! The book begins, but does not continue in a linear fashion, in 1952 but darts back and forth in the beautifully crafted structure of time jumping chapters and footnotes, when "Ruby Lennox was conceived grudgingly by Bunty and born while her father, George, was in the Dog and Hare in Doncaster telling a woman in an emerald dress and a D-cup that he wasn't married. Bunty had never wanted to marry George but he was all that was left. She really wanted to be Vivien Leigh or Celia Johnson, swept off to America by a romantic hero. But here she was, stuck in a flat above the pet shop in an ancient street beneath York Minster, with sensible and sardonic Patricia aged five, greedy cross-patch Gillian who refused to be ignored, and Ruby..." [blurb of book] The novel is written in such an individual style with Ruby, even as an embryo, as the narrator, who speaks so eloquently and descriptively - it takes a while to get used to. However, soon you are gripped with the average, yet interesting, lives of the relatives of the prime character. You are slowly introduced to the various members of the extensive family (it is quite an accomplishment if you are able to remember who everyone is!) when the main story runs in chapters in the present day, whilst the footnotes go back in time to explain the coincidences or relevant stories of the grandmothers and great grandfathers. With so many suprising twists and hidden characters, it is a modern fiction must read!

Olivia x x x x


M. said...

your blog is so cute!

lovelove, M.

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Rebecca said...

Just found your blog, I absoulutely love Behind the Scenes of the Museum, Kate Atkinson's books are all really good.

~ the dandelion girl ~