Autodidact: self-taught

May
04
2012

Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson

by V. L. Craven

[This post is from a previous blog. Original post date: February 24th, 2008]

On page one we meet the narrator, Ruby Lennox, the moment she is conceived and follow her (and the preceding two generations of her family) through key moments in their lives and the history of the modern world, including wold wars and coronations. The relationships between most of the characters are complicated as our own relationships and the moments of high comedy during tragedy happen just as they do in in real life.

The first Atkinson book I read was Case Histories and Atkinson’s signature is populating a living world with breathing characters and giving the reader a taste of those character’s lives as true as their own experiences. Funny and bittersweet, Atkinson has crammed an entire life into 400 very quickly read pages.

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