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Burning Bright: A Novel (original 2007; edition 2008)

by Tracy Chevalier

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Title:Burning Bright: A Novel
Authors:Tracy Chevalier
Info:Plume (2008), Edition: 1st Thus., Paperback, 336 pages
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Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier (2007)

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Wonderful! As good as Girl with a Pearl Earring. Highly recommended. ( )
  Ginerbia | Feb 14, 2014 |
I've read two of Tracy Chevalier's books (Girl with a Pearl Earring and Lady and the Unicorn) and enjoyed them, so was looking forward to this one. It did not disappoint! Fascinating story weaving William Blake, the poet and printer with Astley's Circus of late 18th century London, along with fears concerning possible repercussions of the French Revolution in England. All brilliantly told from the viewpoint of a young boy who has just moved to London with his family from a country village. ( )
  FancyHorse | Jul 21, 2013 |
I reallu love tracy Chevalier. This is not one of my favorites but it still was pretty good. It follows a country family who makes chairs and the adjustments they have to make when they move to London. One of their neighbors is William Blake. Novel touches on the revolution in France and how London viewed it but did not nearly go deep enought into this aspect. I liked the characters jem and his sister Maisie and Maggie the nighbor and lively one .i did enjoy the Ansty connection of the circus and what that was like. ( )
  Smits | Jun 16, 2013 |
Burning Bright follows the Kellaway family as they leave behind tragedy (the accidental death of their son and brother) in rural Dorset and come to late 18th-century London. As they move in next door to the radical painter/poet William Blake, and take up work for a near-by circus impresario, the youngest family member gets to know a girl his age. Embodying opposite characteristics – Maggie Butterfield is a dark-haired, streetwise extrovert, Jem Kellaway a quiet blond introvert – the children form a strong bond while getting to know their unusual neighbor and his wife. Jem’s sister is besotted with the son of the circus owner, who leads her astray and gets her pregnant. The family leaves the city behind to return to the country.

Set against the backdrop of a city nervous of the revolution gone sour across the Channel in France, Burning Bright explores the states of innocence and experience just as Blake takes on similar themes in his best-known poems, Songs of Innocence and of Experience.

A little slow moving. A big book with not much happening! ( )
  dalzan | Apr 18, 2013 |
a good read ( )
  pam.enser | Apr 1, 2013 |
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London i 1792. En familie flytter fra det landlige Dorset til London, hvor faderen får arbejde som møbelsnedker. Deres nabo er den berømte digter, maler og mystiker William Blake, og bekendtskabet med ham får afgørende indflydelse på den yngste søn og hans veninde
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The wonderful new novel from the much loved author of 'Girl With a Pearl Earring' and 'Falling Angels'. Flames and funerals, circus feats and seduction, neighbours and nakedness: Tracy Chevalier's new novel 'Burning Bright' sparkles with drama. London 1792. The Kellaways move from familiar rural Dorset to the tumult of a cramped, unforgiving city. They are leaving behind a terrible loss, a blow that only a completely new life may soften. Against the backdrop of a city jittery over the increasingly bloody French Revolution, a surprising bond forms between Jem, the youngest Kellaway boy, and streetwise Londoner Maggie Butterfield. Their friendship takes a dramatic turn when they become entangled in the life of their neighbour, the printer, poet and radical, William Blake. He is a guiding spirit as Jem and Maggie navigate the unpredictable, exhilarating passage from innocence to experience. Their journey inspires one of Blake's most entrancing works. Georgian London is recreated as vividly in Burning Bright as 17th-century Delft was in Tracy Chevalier's bestselling masterpiece, Girl with a Pearl Earring.

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Presents a sweeping and romantic tale set against the historical backdrop of William Blake's London.

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