Thursday, December 16, 2010
Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier
This story takes place in London at the turn of the 19th century and centers around two young girls of the same age, whose family plots are situated side-by-side in a cemetery. The families end up being neighbors in life as well and the two mothers are as different as night and day. We watch the lives of the Coleman and Waterhouse families unfold over the course of a decade, starting with the death of Queen Victoria.
Although the point of view shifts between many characters the story flows effortlessly with each character picking up in the story where the last left off. I found one of the little girls to be very annoying but, so did the other characters in the book so, it helped to know I wasn't alone. At times, the children seemed much older than their ages but, some of that could have been the era in England. This proved to be a very interesting commentary on English womanhood during the Victorian and Edwardian eras, taking age, class, and educational differences into account.
Rating: 4.0 Good