Three-Bullet Book Review: The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt (2009)
- fin de siècle social history framed via family saga totally holds together (easier said than done)
- lovely representations of artisanal craftsmanship made me want to take pottery classes
- large cast of characters written well enough that none seem superfluous
Yes. Fluid narrative, strong characters, solid historical research, beautiful writing. The plot unfolds much as you expect it to, and yet it's not boring. I liked this much better than Byatt's Possession.