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Burning Bright von Tracy Chevalier
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Burning Bright (Original 2006; 2007. Auflage)

von Tracy Chevalier (Autor)

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"Burning bright" is a novel about the 18th-century English poet/painter William Blake and the children who sparked his "Songs of innocence" and "Songs of experience." In March of 1792, young Jem Kellaway and his family move from their small rural village in the Piddle Valley to the bustling city of London. Jem's father, a chairmaker, has agreed to hire on as a carpenter with Astley's Circus.… (mehr)
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Die Lieder des Mr. Blake von Tracy Chevalier (2006)

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I was a bit disappointed in this novel, having read The Lady and The Unicorn and Girl With A Pearl Earring before. It seems as if it has been written in a haste, and reading the comments of other people I think it is just not me that I noticed it. Some speak of "lack of passion", and whilst reading Girl With The Pearl Earring makes the one wish to read more about Vermeer, the same doesn't happen for William Blake, who lives just next door of the Kellaways family. I probably wouldn't have finished it if it had been any longer! ( )
  MissYowlYY | Jun 12, 2020 |
E' il 1792 a Londra, e il traffico è intenso in Hercules Buildings. Thomas Kellaway ha afferrato un giorno tutti i suoi arnesi ed è partito per Londra con tutta la famiglia per lavorare come carpentiere nel celebre circo di Philip Astley. Astley li ha spediti al numero 12 degli Hercules Buildings, nell'abitazione di proprietà della signorina Pelham, la donna con indosso un abito giallo scolorito che ronza ora attorno alla casa e sbraita contro una ragazza dal viso impertinente e sveglio che è accorsa incuriosita: Maggie Butterfield, la figlia di Dick Butterfield, il vicino che ha osato vendere alla signorina Pelham falsi merletti delle Fiandre sfilacciatisi nel giro di pochi giorni.
  kikka62 | Mar 10, 2020 |
The historical novel Burning Bright is set in London 1792-3, and features the factual persons of William Blake and Philip Astley. It centers on a family from Dorsetshire transplanted to the (to them) alien urban setting. Although I'm no specialist in the period, I've taken away a favorable impression of author Chevalier's research and verisimilitude. Her characters' words seem authentic and her narration incorporates their speech and their world smoothly. The device of the country Kellaway family learning about city life is an effective method of developing the setting. The Kellaway paterfamilias has come to London to work for Astley's circus, and the Kellaway children become acquainted with their neighbors in Lambeth at Hercules Buildings, the Blakes. The innocent Kellaways are also juxtaposed with an experienced London underclass family, the Butterfields.

I would tend to class this story as a "comedy" in an old-fashioned sense: its principal focus is on lower-class protagonists, and the plot eventuates in an upbeat manner--though there are certainly elements that could be taken as subversive of the genre. It's not overflowing with wit or slapstick, although there are some surprising turns.

Chevalier has developed her characters with generous sympathy, except for a few plain villains. The book reads quickly, with largish chapters named after the months of the period, and numbered subchapters to define digestible episodes. I came to this novel hoping to get a more vivid, storybook sense of the lived context of William Blake, and I think it did its job well. From the title onward, there are many opportunities seized to artfully incorporate Blake's own words into the substance of the novel. Chevalier also provides a bibliography and overview of her historical sources in a helpful appendix.
2 abstimmen paradoxosalpha | Nov 2, 2019 |
Really disappointed in this novel of circuses and wood shavings in 18th century Lambeth. It managed to educate me as to the ramifications of the French Revolution back in the UK, but I was really hoping for something more when it came to the interplay between the characters. Everything seemed so underplayed somehow, and there was little in the way of plot. To top things off the journey at the book’s end managed to combine mind numbing tedium with utter improbability. I put on my speed-reading hat. Not even the bare buttocks of William Blake could redeem this one. ( )
  jayne_charles | Dec 27, 2018 |
I have a love hate relationship w historical fiction.

I think i like mine w a firm twist of the speculative that was lacking here -

when I can't have that, I like it straight up - Morland Dynasty style - Harrod-eagles treatment of the same time period covered here was more to my taste.

This book reminded me a bit of the Dickens Faire - the research, the costumes, and scenery, even the music were well done but awareness of the whole affair being constructed as an entertainment precluded complete immersion for me .

*update after a weekend of indulgence in film*:

If you want your Blake postmodern, black and white, and set in the American West, then perhaps Johnny Depp in Dead Man will be more your speed?






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  nkmunn | Nov 17, 2018 |
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"Burning bright" is a novel about the 18th-century English poet/painter William Blake and the children who sparked his "Songs of innocence" and "Songs of experience." In March of 1792, young Jem Kellaway and his family move from their small rural village in the Piddle Valley to the bustling city of London. Jem's father, a chairmaker, has agreed to hire on as a carpenter with Astley's Circus.

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