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Behind the Scenes at the Museum

by Kate Atkinson

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This book takes awhile to get going but some of the later portions are laughing to tears hysterical, e.g., the wedding scene. Picked this up before realizing it's not part of the later mystery series but it was worth the listen. ( )
  abycats | May 11, 2018 |
Abandoned about 75 pages in. Written well enough but just not enough happening to propel me along. May pick it back up another time. ( )
  Deb.Waltman | May 3, 2018 |
I wasn't as dazzled by this book as others have been.

A baby, who we are introduced to at inception, can reference Ibsen and Strindberg, and has a masterful command of the English language while in utero, almost completely put me off this book. Ruby, said infant, narrates the story of her family with additional footnotes as chapters filling in the backstory history of her family. I found the narration gimmicky and distracting but not nearly as distracting as the incessant descriptions of everything. The narrating baby is an affliction that doesn’t get any better as Ruby ages.

I found it to be bit of a stereotypical english tale, Atkinson’s ability to evoke the times and place were at often effective but there was just too much descriptions and not enough story to compelling you on. The problem with the book is, it’s more about the setting descriptions than the characters.

I was annoyed through most of the book. ( )
  LynneMF | Aug 20, 2017 |
this novel is suprisingly entertaining to read. i was surprised that this book is filled with a lot of twist in the stories of the characters. i am quite sure that a lot of those who've got to read this was able to relate themselves to one or more than one character in this book. i, for one, can see myself having some of Patricia's traits and on Ruby's situation. and i also thought what would i do if were on Patricia & Ruby's situation like losing their mother in the end.

overall, i would definitely recommend this book anyone. it would not be a whitbread book of the year awardee if this is not good, right? ( )
  fugou | Aug 14, 2017 |
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Jameson, SusanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Peterson, MarieForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Torndahl, LenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"I exist!" exclaims Ruby Lennox upon her conception in 1951, setting the tone for this humorous and poignant first novel in which Ruby at once celebrates and mercilessly skewers her middle-class English family. Peppered with tales of flawed family traits passed on from previous generations, Ruby's narrative examines the lives in her disjointed clan, which revolve around the family pet shop. But beneath the antics of her philandering father, her intensely irritable mother, her overly emotional sisters, and a gaggle of eccentric relatives are darker secrets--including an odd "feeling of something long forgotten"--that will haunt Ruby for the rest of her life. Kate Atkinson earned a Whitbread Prize in 1995 for this fine first effort.

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"Apaga la tele, enciende la imaginacin. Estudios recientes han revelado que los nis y las nias de nuestra sociedad pasan ms de tres horas diarias frente al televisor. Los pedagogos advierten que este hbito favorece la obesidad, los problemas de visin y la pasividad en los ms pequeos. Qu podemos hacer?" Las propuestas de este libro proporcionan a los nios alternativas a la televisin o a la videoconsola. Estas iniciativas didticas nos permiten disfrutar de buenos ratos al lado de nuestros hijos, e incluso darles los intrumentos para que se diviertan solos mientras aprenden"--Contraportada.… (more)

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