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Tracy Chevalier

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Tracy Chevalier

Post by princess garnet » Wed November 12th, 2008, 8:58 pm

There was a thread about Tracy Chevalier on the old forum so I thought I'd restart it here.
Either you're new to her (like me) or have previously read her stuff, here's her website: http://www.tchevalier.com/
Which of her novels did you like? Didn't?

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Post by Ash » Wed November 12th, 2008, 10:40 pm

I loved Lady and the Unicorn and Girl with the Pearl Earring. She gave me a sense of place in both. Fallen Angels was completely different, and I don't remember much about it, but remember I liked it. I tried to read her new one, Burning Bright, and it just hasn't clicked for me.

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Post by diamondlil » Thu November 13th, 2008, 2:21 am

I loved Girl With a Pearl Earring. I started it to just read a chapter or two and about 2 and a half hours later put it down again having finished the book.

Fallen Angels was okay, but not as good, and I was really disappointed with Burning Bright.

I will put my reviews up in the review section.
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Post by annis » Thu November 13th, 2008, 2:52 am

I agree with you on "Burning Bright" diamondlil.

Hre's what I wrote on the old HFF thread:
I've enjoyed all of Tracy Chevalier's novels except "Burning Bright". I didn't dislike it; after all there are many interesting subjects featured, like William Blake and the Radical Movement, and the fascinating Astleys, father Philip and son John, who set up Astley's 'Amphitheatre of Equestrian Arts', a forerunner of the modern circus. No, it was that the characters just didn't engage me as much as characters in her previous novels.
I'll still be looking forward to her new novel, though.

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Post by Carine » Thu November 13th, 2008, 6:52 am

I really loved Girl with a Pearl Earring, but only got half way through Lady and the Unicorn, that one didn't do it for me at all.

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Post by Vanessa » Thu November 13th, 2008, 8:27 am

My favourite is The Virgin Blue. I also enjoyed The Girl with the Pearl Earring and The Lady and the Unicorn. I have Falling Angels and Burning Bright on my TBR pile. I believe she's working on a book about fossil collecting at the moment.
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Post by diamondlil » Thu November 13th, 2008, 8:30 am

I am not sure about the next book, but I will borrow the book from the library when it is published.
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Post by lindymc » Wed May 6th, 2009, 5:06 pm

I just finished The Lady and the Unicorn and thoroughly enjoyed it. I read Girl with a Pearl Earring earlier this year and liked it also, but TLATU is my favorite of the two.
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Post by zsigandr » Sat May 9th, 2009, 5:37 pm

I have read all of Tracey's books to date. I had DNF on Burning Bright. The characters didn't do enough for me to keep me interested.

I love the Virgin Blue, it is definitely my favourite TC novel. I also liked Girl With a Pearl Earring and The Lady and The Unicorn. Fallen Angels was interesting, but I did not enjoy it as much as her others.

I am looking forward to her next novel and will add it to my TBR list!

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Post by diamondlil » Sat May 9th, 2009, 10:28 pm

I wasn't a fan of Burning Bright either, not least of all because it was misrepresented as being about Blake, when in reality he was just a character.
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