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That’s a great review. First of all it made me realize that the title might have been what kept me fron reading it. I didn’t think it would be a children’s book but maybe with a chil narrator and I’m not always keen on those.
They way you describe it makes it sound as if it combines the best of all of her different styles. If only it wasn’t that long. Be it as it may, one I would like to read some day.
The best way to start out this book is perhaps to leave it by the bedside for a few pages’ reading a night, and then later, as the story becomes more and more gripping, and the stories within the story more and more involved, to speed up as your curiosity about the book leads you. This is the way I tend to start and follow a lot of books, but Byatt’s book was so long that it was able to “live in” it for a very long time, and was sorry to have it end. Thanks for the praise on the review: it always helps to receive encouragement from experienced readers such as I perceive you to be.
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