The Children's Book - A.S. Byatt

Ok, this is not for me.

70 odd pages and no hint of a plot, just a lot of scene setting and Victorian historical information.

I get that this is likely to be character or society study rather than a plot-driven novel, which is fair enough, but I’m not digging the writing. There is a lot of info-dumping, telling rather than showing, and circular writing:

And again, a pre-teen / early teen questioning their “capability to love”?

Not for me.


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