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Falling Angels | [Tracy Chevalier]

Falling Angels

An elegant, original, and compelling novel, set against a gaslit backdrop of social and political turbulence in early 20th-century London, Falling Angels draws a picture of family life that exposes the prejudices and flaws of a changing time. Chevalier (Girl with a Pearl Earring) "shows imaginative skill in two neatly accomplished surprises, and the denouement packs an emotional wallop," says Publishers Weekly.
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Publisher's Summary

An elegant, daring, original, and compelling novel, set against a gaslit backdrop of social and political turbulence in early 20th-century London, Falling Angels draws a picture of family life that exposes the prejudices and flaws of a changing time.

In January 1901, two families become inextricably linked when their daughters meet in a fashionable London cemetery. Separated by social class as well as taste, the Waterhouses cling to traditions while the Colemans look ahead to a more modern society. As the girls grow up and the nation emerges from the shadows of oppressive Victorian values, one woman's bid for greater personal freedom has disastrous consequences, changing the lives of both families forever.

Don't miss Chevalier's surprise best seller and book club favorite, Girl with a Pearl Earring.

©2001 Tracy Chevalier; (P)2001 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"Chevalier again proves herself an astute observer of a social era...[she] shows imaginative skill in two neatly accomplished surprises, and the denouement packs an emotional wallop." (Publishers Weekly)
"[Twomey's narration is] a quiet tour de force that makes this intriguing tale enthralling." (AudioFile)

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    KathieB 03-18-03
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    "Haunting Historical"

    I love historical fiction! This story is definately worth the listen/read. I had a real sense of how life differed in the previous century's turn. The characters are very believable. If you took a time machine back, you'd meet one of them. A Victorian era author could not have told the tale better.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Durkin Bethel Park, PA United States 02-19-05
    Jan Durkin Bethel Park, PA United States 02-19-05 Member Since 2001
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    "Perception is everything."

    The view of life from the numerous and varied percpectives was done brilliantly. The author gives personal and accurate glimpses of humanity through the eyes of different classes, generations, and values, holding the listener's attention at every turn. I thoroughly enjoyed this read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Loretta Cedar Park, TX, United States 11-15-03
    Loretta Cedar Park, TX, United States 11-15-03 Member Since 2003

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    "Life in Victorian Times"

    The author provides a vivid description of life for women during victorian times from the lowly servants to the upper class. An interesting "listen" and I couldn't wait to get back to it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jon St. Petersburg, FL, United States 02-25-10
    Jon St. Petersburg, FL, United States 02-25-10
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    "Very enjoyable"

    Ms. Chevalier excels at character development, and her considerable talents are put to good use in this book. The story line is a little thin, but that is compensated by a cast of richly developed characters, each with their own voice. I thoroughly enjoyed looking at English Victorian society through a variety of perspectives.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Louise Tremblay Cole 10-01-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Solid Angels"

    An intruiguing and unusual view of a turn-of-the-century English household and neighborhood. The characters are surprising and convincing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin Derry, NH, USA 05-06-07
    Kristin Derry, NH, USA 05-06-07
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    "Not her best effort..."

    The main word that kept coming to mind while listening to this book was "weak". The characters are flat and one dimensional, and Chevalier cannot seem to decide which topics to focus on. The end of the oppressive Victorian Era, class distinctions at the turn of the century, The suffragette Movement, A girl's coming of age, infidelity - and sexual depravity were all included here. Sadly by attempting to tackle so much she ends up covering none of them well.
    This story just ends up shallow, dull and with a plot that disolves rather than concludes.
    Bottom line, this is simply not Tracy Chevalier's best work.
    Audible side note: why the narrator chosen for this story opted to read it with an American accent is a mystery to me. The entire story and its characters takes place in England, but it may as well have been Columbus. I found this to be very disappointing.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stone Pullman, WA, United States 09-14-13
    Stone Pullman, WA, United States 09-14-13 Member Since 2001

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    "An absorbing read"

    Falling Angels is the story of two young girls who meet in a London cemetery where their families' graves are next to each other. The story follows them as they change, their friendship changes, their families change and history is made. The women's suffrage movement takes one of the girls' mothers from an education-but-bored mother to a leader in the movement, and the girls are carried along by her discontent with her life, and the comparison to the other girl's mother. It's a story of contrasts, of growth and of the power of change. I enjoyed it very much, a pleasant surprise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Geraldine New York, NY, USA 05-09-03
    Geraldine New York, NY, USA 05-09-03
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    "Accents"

    I'm not sure what's more irritating..having an American reader for a book set in Victorian London or having an American reader make excruciating attempts at an English accent.

    5 of 12 people found this review helpful
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