Falling Angels

by Tracy Chevalier | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0525945814 Global Overview for this book
Registered by GrizzlyGirl of Fraser, Michigan USA on 1/25/2004
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9 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by GrizzlyGirl from Fraser, Michigan USA on Sunday, January 25, 2004
Will start reading today. I doubt it will be as good as Girl With a Pearl Earring, but I hope so!

Journal Entry 2 by GrizzlyGirl from Fraser, Michigan USA on Sunday, February 29, 2004
Not nearly as good as Girl With A Pearl Earring, but still a very well written and entertaining novel.

Journal Entry 3 by GrizzlyGirl from Fraser, Michigan USA on Monday, March 22, 2004
Will mail out on Friday, March 26 to Boreal.

Journal Entry 4 by boreal from Dunedin, Otago New Zealand on Thursday, April 1, 2004
This beautiful book arrived today -thanks very much GrizzlyGirl -a lovely and generous RABCK after she spied it on my wishlist.
I will try and get it read soon.
My mailbox was bulging with small parcels today, actually along with your book there was a book I had bought in an online auction and another small parcel which turned out to be a model car that the auction seller has obviously sent to me by mistake :-)

Journal Entry 5 by boreal from Dunedin, Otago New Zealand on Sunday, April 25, 2004
I enjoyed this but not nearly as much as Girl with the Pearl Earring. The book is set at the start of the 1900's and tells the story of two girls from different classes who become friends after meeting in the cemtetry where their families had adjoining graves.
I liked the way it was written where you got a chapter for each character to have their say, I think this is a great device in book, sometimes the chapter might only be a sentence long but it all added to the story. Another good thing about the book is the fact that you learn something about the time in which it is set -in this case I learnt about the mourning customs at the time, something I hadn't really known much about before now.
In general a lovely book, thanks again Grizzlygirl for sending it and giving me the opportunity to read it.

Journal Entry 6 by boreal from Dunedin, Otago New Zealand on Sunday, May 16, 2004
Grizzlygirl wanted this book to keep moving so I thought I would turn it into a NZ/Australia Bookray. If anyone else wants to read it they will be added to the end.
Participants so far -

gypsyrose02,West Australia
Mundoo,South Australia*
Readinator, Victoria, Australia*
Mistlerose,Victoria, Australia
meganh,Victoria, Australia
bishop75,Hastings, NZ

Some brief bookray instructions -

1. Make a journal entry when you receive the book to let us know its arrived safely.

2. When you finish the book, make another journal entry telling us what you thought.

3. Send a PM to the next on the list asking for their address. If you are too busy to read the book in the next few weeks, let me know and I will move you down the list.


Journal Entry 7 by boreal at on Sunday, May 16, 2004
Release planned for Monday, May 17, 2004 at N/A in n/a, n/a Controlled Releases.

Sent to the first bookray participant today, Monday, and so the books journey continues...

Journal Entry 8 by gypsyrose02 from Byford, Western Australia Australia on Thursday, May 20, 2004
received today friday may 21st from boreal as a bookring. will read asap. thanks boreal!

Journal Entry 9 by gypsyrose02 from Byford, Western Australia Australia on Saturday, May 29, 2004
what a beautiful book. loved it. very quick read. will be in post next week for mundoo.

Journal Entry 10 by Mundoo from Hindmarsh Island, South Australia Australia on Thursday, June 3, 2004
Received the book in the mail.

Journal Entry 11 by Mundoo from Hindmarsh Island, South Australia Australia on Saturday, June 12, 2004
This was a book that once I started to read it couldn't put down. Luckily it is a Saturday and I could indulge.
Any interesting story with the weaving of the two families and side characters most believable. I had forgotten the way families lifes often revolved around cemeteries, it bought back some of my own young childhood visits to family plots. Maude and Livinia were blown along with the actions of their families especially the mother figures and were the ones left to pick up the pieces.

I enjoyed this book.

Journal Entry 12 by Mundoo from Hindmarsh Island, South Australia Australia on Thursday, June 17, 2004
Posted to Readinator.

Journal Entry 13 by Readinator from Woodend, Victoria Australia on Monday, June 21, 2004
Received from Mundoo in the mail. Thanks! It's next in line after my current book. Will probably start reading tomorrow.

I will journal again when I've finished the book.

Journal Entry 14 by Readinator from Woodend, Victoria Australia on Monday, July 19, 2004
Falling Angels turned up a month ago with 8 of its bookring mates (a bookbox and three separate bookrings), and as it hadn't grabbed me within the first 50 pages, it lost out to the siren lure of the others (all sports scandals and Indian melodrama). Now it's a month down the track, and I'm no closer to finishing it. I recognise I'm unlikely to get into it even if I picked it up and persisted. Judging by how others have really liked it, if the book were a person, I'd be saying: "It's not you, it's me! I'm sorry we couldn't make it work!" :]

If I cast my mind back to when I was reading the first fifty pages, I guess the main issue was that the voices of the 5 year olds were too mature - not realistic enough. They read like 10 year olds (what a world of difference a few years make for a child). It just didn't ring true for me, and I found that grating enough to distract me from the plot. I really thought this author did a great job with The Lady and the Unicorn, so I was disappointed.

Nevertheless, thanks so much, boreal, for the chance to read this. Hope others have better luck than me! Sent to Mistlerose today by ParcelPost satchel.

Journal Entry 15 by Mistlerose from Frankston, Victoria Australia on Tuesday, July 20, 2004
I received this in the mail today as part of a bookray. Thankyou very much for giving me the chance to read this.

Journal Entry 16 by Mistlerose from Frankston, Victoria Australia on Wednesday, July 28, 2004
I loved this story. I liked the way each chapter was told from a different persons point of view. I liked this one better than Girl with a pearl earring.

Will be sent to meganh in the next couple of days.

Released on Sunday, August 01, 2004 at Post office in Bookray, A Bookray Controlled Releases.

Journal Entry 18 by wingmeganhwing from Preston, Victoria Australia on Tuesday, August 3, 2004
Received in the mail 3/8/04. I have just started reading Girl With a Pearl Earring which I am enjoying so am looking forward to this book by the same author.

Journal Entry 19 by futurecat from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Sunday, March 27, 2005
Meganh passed this book on to me at the NZBC Convention, with instructions to send it on to bishop75 in Hastings when I get their address. I might just read it in the meantime...

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Journal Entry 20 by futurecat from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Tuesday, March 29, 2005
After the exhausting (but fun!) convention, and after getting up at 5 am yesterday morning to wave goodbye to Littlemave, the lollie-mavette, catsalive, and Mundoo, I felt in need of a very relaxing day, so (once I woke up for the second time - this time at the much more respectable 11 am!) I spent most of the rest of the day reading this book (in between uploading photos to my release notes).

I enjoyed this book more than Girl with a Pearl Earring, perhaps because it made no pretensions towards being a true story. It was a lovely tale, capturing well the sense of rapid change of the Edwardian era. Not high literature, but perfect for a lazy afternoon's reading.

Thanks for letting me sneak into the bookring.

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Journal Entry 21 by wingmeganhwing from Preston, Victoria Australia on Wednesday, April 6, 2005
I just realised that I forgot to review this book. I read it whilst travelling around New Zealand. A light and easy read with very short chapters, a similar style to Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Virgin Blue, but I didn't find it as engrossing as the others. I do like the way Tracy Chevalier writes from each character's perspective and uses something historical on which to base her novels eg a famous painting or the popular Victorian tradition of tending family graves.
Back to you now futurecat!

Journal Entry 22 by bishop75 on Friday, April 22, 2005
After waiting for about a week Falling Angels finally arrived in my letterbox from Futurecat in Christchurch. Now I have 5 books in which to read in the next little while.

Journal Entry 23 by bishop75 at Hastings, Hawkes Bay-Poverty Bay New Zealand on Monday, February 4, 2013
After reading about 7 years ago it sat in a box until August 2008 when I sold it along with an armful of other books to a secondhand bookshop in Hastings. Au Revior, it was nice while this book was in my possesion - runaway far and wide wherever the winds blow your pages (together or individually).

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