The Children's Book

The Little Bears Room
by A.S. Byatt | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780701183905 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingOBCZ-TeddysDenwing of Herisau, Appenzell Ausserrhoden Switzerland on 6/1/2019
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Journal Entry 1 by wingOBCZ-TeddysDenwing from Herisau, Appenzell Ausserrhoden Switzerland on Saturday, June 01, 2019
zu behändigen im bärigen Stübchen für Mitglieder - it waits in the cupboard for members to be picked up in beautiful Appenzellerland.

Journal Entry 2 by wingOBCZ-TeddysDenwing at Café Gloria (OBCZ) in Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Sunday, June 02, 2019

Released 7 mos ago (6/3/2019 UTC) at Café Gloria (OBCZ) in Zürich, Zürich Switzerland

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Journal Entry 3 by spy-there at Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Thursday, July 18, 2019
it lays beside of my bed now :)

Journal Entry 4 by spy-there at Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Thursday, October 24, 2019
This is the saga of three families who live in or around Victorian London: the Wellwoods (who are Fabians and have eight children, some of them extramarital), the Cains (major Cain will be keeper of the future Victoria and Albert museum) and the artist family Fludd. It's a most interesting, but intricate story with dozends of characters, a bit hard to keep track of them all. A cast list would surely have been helpful.
Olivia Wellwood is loosely based on E. Nesbit, the successful children's books author who was one of the founders of the Fabians. I've heard the first time of this society. The Fabians were intellectual socialists, the progenitors of nowadays Labour Party!

The protagonists are not the average citizens; their whole world is enlightened with art, pottery , theatre plays, books and music. The story begins in a museum and never leaves the artsy approach, is indeed a comprehensive cataloque of Belle Epoque and Jugenstil. The children of these blessed families live in a magic fairy tale world become true, in a big garden with puppet theartres and visiting artists, and Olive Wellwood writes a personal fairy book for each of her children. We meet many historical figures, Oscar Wilde for example or J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan.
Byatt is dragging us around in her display of cultural history, the World Exhibition 1900 in Paris, the Suffragettes movement in England (including the death of Emily Davison at the horse race), the anarchist cabarets in Munich, the Monte Verità in Ascona, where artists and communist from all over the world danced naked for a better world.
Because the art is ubiquitous, the author spends a lot of words, no, pages for the description of carpets, furniture and fashion, the fine engraving of a brooch, the glaze and shades of fantastic vases, the flowery prints of reform dresses ... can be a bit lengthy at times.

But the end left me baffeled. Why is she leading us onto the gory battlefields of WWI? This must be a mistake. Children who grew up as free-thinking Fabians in an artistic, intellectual milieu, how can they chose VOLUNTARILY to join a war and get themselves killed in soaken trenches? I just can't believe this. Most unlikely twist.

Journal Entry 5 by wingOBCZ-TeddysDenwing at Herisau, Appenzell Ausserrhoden Switzerland on Sunday, October 27, 2019
Hello spy, it sounds like a modern fable...a happy country, then invaded by the barbarians, tha Nazis..THE BLITZ...let me have a look and give it back - I will have a look inside.

Journal Entry 6 by spy-there at Vegelateria in Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Saturday, December 14, 2019

Released 1 mo ago (12/14/2019 UTC) at Vegelateria in Zürich, Zürich Switzerland

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Journal Entry 7 by wingOBCZ-TeddysDenwing at Herisau, Appenzell Ausserrhoden Switzerland on Sunday, December 15, 2019
Ha, this big volume of a novel is back home again...some stories seem to stick...Hopefully I now find time to read it...spy pointed out to me that it is on several wishlists...I could send it to someone in Europe...

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