I have started The Children’s Book. It is, so far, surpassing my expectations and I am not feeling swamped as I had worried. Though A S Byatt does need to be reminded on the odd occassion that she is in fact writing a novel and not a dissertation entitled ‘I know everything about the Victorians! Let me tell you every meticulously researched detail of their daily lives! ‘. It does remind me in both its style and content of the absolutely marvellous Possession, which is one of my all time favourite books, so this is a very good start.
Incidentally I have noticed that Possession has been rereleased with a cover to resemble that of The Children’s Book, and on the front it says ‘by the author of The Children’s Book‘. Has The Children’s Book already surpassed Possession‘s fame, I wonder?
As long as I manage to read it a bit faster than I currently am (it took me my whole half an hour train journey this morning to read just 30 pages which isn’t very good, is it?) I should be finished in a week or so. I hope. So bear with me, a review will be forthcoming at some point next week!