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Behind The Scenes at the Museum

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hollyisalovelyname Tue 28-Jul-15 23:09:07

Has anybody read this ?
Your thoughts please.

hackmum Wed 29-Jul-15 08:15:56

A long time ago - really loved it.

Greythorne Wed 29-Jul-15 08:18:02

Nit keen.

Based on absolutely nothing except the title I was expecting a really cerebral modern novel set....behind the scenes at a museum, with erudite characters and possibly intrigue. So. Disappointed on that score.

I found the "twist" really predictable (Pearl) and it really just left me cold.

Northernlurker Wed 29-Jul-15 08:19:51

It's the only Kate Atkinson I've ever been able to finish and even then I felt a bit narked by the twist.

FrinkadelicA12 Wed 29-Jul-15 08:24:21

I adored it. Thought it was beautifully written and realised and offered a unique perspective on motherhood and daughterhood. I really enjoy Kate Atkinson's writing, apart from the digression into Jackson Brodie. I love her sense of humour and her respect for the histories of ordinary people and ordinary lives.

happygirl87 Wed 29-Jul-15 08:26:01

I loved it! Has anyone read it recently, because I have a question about one of the details?

Greythorne Wed 29-Jul-15 08:26:07

The dialogue seems so clumsy, to me.
And the storytelling from the point of view of the child - "I exist!" - very tricksy.
In a way it reminded me of the French "nouveau roman' movement in that it felt experimental in some ways.
I also hate French nouveau roman books.

I never warmed to a single character which left me feeling very distant from what is a highly emotional and sentimental story.

happygirl87 Wed 29-Jul-15 08:26:50

Frinkadelic, have you read A God in Ruins?

hollyisalovelyname Wed 29-Jul-15 08:59:37

I am reading it at the moment.

applecatchers36 Thu 30-Jul-15 21:31:33

Yes really enjoyed it. Found it a very easy read.

ladydepp Sat 01-Aug-15 02:18:12

I loved it, and I have loved all her books. She is just so readable....

Taytocrisps Sat 01-Aug-15 16:13:11

I read it years ago and loved it. I've read a lot of books in my time and it really stands out.

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