Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Books - Book Review - Falling Angels - Tracy Chevalier
Last year, The Revoluntionary Road allowed us to peak into the lives of a couple that had dreams, but moved to conformist surburbia.
Chevalier offers a similar viewpoint, but from mainly from a woman's view, the educated but mentally unchallenged Kitty Coleman. Kitty had a servant and cook, so she didn't have to do drudge work, but her life didn't satisfy her. She didn't have anyone to really speak to and books were not enough for her. She found salvation in the suffrage movement of England in the early 1900s.
The entire novel is not centered on Kitty, but there are opinions on how her decisions affect those around her: her daughter, the servants, the neighbor and her daughters, her mother-in-law, and a gravedigger. The thoughts of Kitty and the neighbor's husband are also recorded, but they are rather brief.
This novel captures the time in England after Queen Victoria's death and explains the changes that happened to society.
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