13 journalers for this copy...
I still haven't read "Girl WIth a Pearl Earring", but thought I could read this one while I wait for the bookring to reach me. Another thrift shop find.
This was my first reading of something by this author and I really did enjoy it. The characters were great, the storytelling engaging. The setting of the cemetary will stick with me for a while.
Time magazine crowned Girl With a Pearl Earring "a portrait of radiance...a jewel." In her New York Times bestselling follow-up, Tracy Chevalier once again paints a distant age with a rich and provocative palette of characters. Told through a variety of shifting perspectives- wives and husbands, friends and lovers, masters and their servants, and a gravedigger's son-Falling Angels follows the fortunes of two families in the emerging years of the twentieth century. Graced with the luminous imagery that distinguished Girl With a Pearl Earring, Falling Angels is another dazzling tour de force from this "master of voices"
I'm sending this out as a bookring. Please journal when you've received this so that we all know it is moving along safely. Hope you find it enjoyable!
1. Bellemorte- Alabama, USA
2. Yourotherleft- Pennsylvania, USA
3. Caitdwyer-Minnesota, USA
4. Katayoun- Tehran, Iran
5. Lillyanna- Spain
6. Drusillamac- Scotland
7. Drutt- Scotland
8. Fofum- UK
9 .Moimeme- Australia
On its way to Bellemorte in Alabama. Enjoy!
got it today! ill get started on it right away :)
wow. i cannot say how amazed I am at this moment. this is the first time that I have read a book in so short a time. we are talking only a few hours here, lol. I *loved* this story and I have to say that it will stay with me for the rest of my life. Esp the scenes in the graveyard and all the loss, and yet all the growth that takes place.
i had read "Girl with a Pearl Earring" earlier and I am certain that "Falling Angels" is far better than it. I can't quite put into words exactly what this book said to me, but thats the point to truly good literature isnt it?
I also loved all the JW Waterhouse references!! w00t for JWW!! and randomly I have to do a presentation on him this morning! how strange...
hope everyone else enjoys it as much as i did!!
This came in the mail today. I'll read it and pass it on as soon as I can. Thanks!
I had mixed feelings about this book. I didn't like all the narrators, especially the random assortment who only cropped up on occasion and didn't really seem to have a voice of their own. It made the book kind of confusing and I found myself having to turn back a page to double check whose point of view I was reading. It was an interesting story, though, and I think, a good picture of life at the time.
Thanks for sharing and for your patience, vivdripper. It's in the mail to Caitdwyer.
Came from vivdripper on a bookring ... sorry it has taken me so long to journal. I have read about half of it and am really enjoying the story. Will write more when I have finished.
October 27 - a couple of weeks ago I sent it off to Iran for the next person on the list. I never actually got the book finished as I ran into some personal problems. My husband and I got a divorce. He had run off with a fellow bookcrosser :(
I hope to get the book from the library and finish it, as I had been enjoying it.
it's here thanks caitdwyer and thanks vivdripper. i don't know if that's bookrings law or that my postman has decided to visit me once each month (i knew i shouldn't jump and kiss him whenever he's there with another parcel!! :)) and so i've got 2 books today and am reading another, so will get to this in another week or maybe 10 days, not later than that, promise :)
update: dec 07 Lillyanna asked to be skipped and so am pm'ing Drusillamac for address
started reading this, sorry that i am a little bit behind but these past weeks tehran's air (pollution-wise!) was unbearable and it affected everything, even the amount one was able to read! :) but really not joking, we are a bit better now and they say that the amount of carbon mono-oxide is three times more than the allowed amount, so you can see that with that amount of unhealthy things going in, we were all in semi-poisoned state; lethargic, groggy and with a constant headache!!!!! so sorry about the delay, but getting to it and will hopefully mail it 2 weeks at most
thanks!!! this was very good, i really liked the way the books was told, from different narrators and i also liked it that they were not arranged this way, not long narrations, just one little happening, it kinda put the emphasis on the characters and their point of view and seeing things and not on the actions and what was happening. (the one sentences ones were amazing, how much could be said and conveyed through one sentence!!) though also you could see tracy chevalier through it all, that is though the point of view were different, the tone? accent? language? was all same, and though i love the way her way of writing, still you couldn't help wondering why sometimes simon and kitty sounded the same (not looked the same way but still that was distracting!)
all said, i loved it, thanks so much for the ring vivdripper, the book is ready to move on, got Drusillamac's address and would be sending it next week. thanks again and happy holidays everyone!
on it's way to Drusillamac, sorry for the delay in posting, but we had a bunch of holidays and it seems that i am out of synch with them, as twice i had plans to go to the post office when it was closed!! it's mailed and should be there in a month at most (touch wood, touch wood!!!). thanks again!
This arrived from Iran this morning. Thanks to Katayoun and Vivdripper for sharing.
It took me a little while to get round to this book because I had a few other rings/rays in front of it. But I managed to finish it within a few days.
I thought this was a fantastic book and much better than Girl with a Pearl Earing and The Lady and the Unicorn. Chevalier masters the art of numerous narrative voices which range from a 5 year old girl to an elderly woman with her mindset firmly stuck in the belated Victorian era.
The book is set at the begining of the 20th centry which is an area I have studied in great detail at university. It manages to combine the popular myth that the Victorians were prudes (shattered in the opening lines) while fully exploring the suffrage movement. I was a little miffed at the Pankhursts getting the limelight again but that's just a pet peeve of mine.
At the moment this is probably one of the best books I have read so far this year.
I'm passing this book onto Drutt at a mini meet up tomorrow.
I collected this from Drusillamac yesterday lunchtime. Having enjoyed both Virgin Blue and Girl with a Pearl Earring, I'm looking forward to reading this.
I love Tracy Chevalier's style - her character development is strong and her telling of the story from multiple perspectives works well (I also enjoyed Virgin Blue in which she tells a family story from the perspective of 2 people living at different times).
In many ways, this book reminded me of An Inspector Calls, in that all of the characters bear partial responsibility for the outcomes. As each character's actions contribute just a little to the consequent actions of the others, so what happens towards the end seems sadly inevitable.
I'll send this on as soon as I have Fofum's address.
Edited to add - Fofum didn't respond to my PMs or forum message, so the book's now on its way to Moimeme in Portugal.
This book arrived yesterday! I'll read it as soon as I finish the one I'm reading now.
Thank you drutt and vivdripper!
Another great book by Tracy Chevalier. I do like the way she tells stories and take us back in time!
This book is going home to vivdripper as soon as I have her address.
Vivdripper didn't want this book back, so it's going to continue travelling among portuguese bookcrossers.
Sent today to Bettyboekwurm
Although it had arrived some days ago, since I was on holidays I was only able to register it today. Will get to it as soon as possible.
I really enjoyed this book and read it in a very short time. It flows easily and makes a very pleasent read. The characters are great, and I enjoyed hearing each one in its own voice. I've been wanting to read "Girl with a Pearl Earring", but after this one, I'd like to read any of Chevalier's books.
I've contacted Maria-Nunes and will probably pass it on to her at the end of the week.
I really enjoyed "Girl with a Pearl Earring", so I have great expectations about this one :)
I'll read it asap.
Thanks Vivdripper and Moimeme for sharing and thanks Bettyboekwurm for passing it to me.
I really enjoyed this book. I do like the way Tracy Chevalier tells the stories and take us back in time, and I found really amazing the numerous narrative voices (characters of ages from girl of 5 till a grandmother).
After "Girl With a Pearl Earring" and this one, I would certainly like to read "The Lady and the Unicorn"...
Thank you so much for sharing this great book :))))
ops. I don't know what went wrong (I was logged in and when I submitted the JE I was already logged out...) So, the later JE was mine...
Now this book is on it''s way to Scotland, to RowanneM.
Hope you like reading this "Falling Angels" as much as I did :-)
Journal Entry 28
on Monday, October 01, 2007
Recieved thanks - looking forward to reading this one as I loved Girl With the Pearl Earing so much!
What a wonderful story... at first I found the various narrations a little confusing but soon I really go into this book. The description of the graveyard was so colourful and reminded me of my recent visit to Pere Lachise in Paris! I really wish I had read it before then so I could have left it there! But I'm sharing this with everyone at the Bookcrossing meetup, and I'm sure whoever gets it will enjoy reading it as much as I did!
Journal Entry 29
The Tun Bar & Cafe in Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Released 12 yrs ago (2/13/2008 UTC) at The Tun Bar & Cafe in Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Released at the BookCrossing Meetup!
Caught at the Edinburgh meetup. Thank you.
Journal Entry 31
Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, August 20, 2010
To be released at the Edinburgh Book Festival meetup on Aug 21st